From Johannesburg we fly to Mauritius, after months of driving on the left side, we are finally back to “normal”. We stay in a little surf resort “Tamarin hotel” . It does not have a private beach, but is right next to the Tamarin beach, which offers perfect surf for kids and a major wave for us.
I always thought, Mauritius is expensive. But you can live here very very reasonable, if you step out of the 5 star hotel resorts. You can rent apartments for 30 EUR a day, and you can buy fruits and samosas for small money on the various stands in the streets.
Mauritius has its own atmosphere through the blend of people living here: Indians, Chinese, Africans etc. came here to work on the sugar cane fields. These were not happy times, but tragic times of slavery. There is the tragic story, that slaves went up to Mt. le Morne in the south of Mauritius and jumped into death to escape slavery. This mountain is now part of the world’s cultural heritage.
In the morning, beautiful waves rolled in and already about 20 locals were sitting at the break and playing in clean glossy tubes. The atmosphere is amazing: excitement and happiness at the big waves, but also among the many kids, that were playing and riding on the inside waves.
By now, Sienna loves surfing as well. Although she is more busy with waving and dancing on the board instead of watching where she is going…
Robinson and Sienna have lots of petits amis. There is Marc, the pilot, with his kids. There is J. with his wife star and his kids River, Rain, Ocean and Asia. Their kids do not go to school anymore, they do not even get any lessons, although or because he is a teacher. They think, that kids learn best and the best things for them, if they live. Schooling means to them to split up the world in portions, that loose their meaning and excitement.
We knew, that Mauritius is a kiting paradise. When driving up to LeMorne, you can’t miss it. There a big billboards with advertising for kiting and even the rubbish bins are sponsored by Billabong.
The spot is amazing: you have the choice among a huge lagoon or the wave spots. About 5 to 10 kite schools offer lessons in the lagoon, the wind is most of the time up to 10 knots stronger than on windfinder or seabreeze.