Takes such long time uploading pictures! Not sure if we’ll have anymore for you until we are back in Sweden again, since our last two weeks here (closing in!) will be without laptops. Our adventure here in Seychelles changes to phase 2 on Friday when we move to La Digue, a small island with a lot of beautiful beaches to explore. After that we head off to Praslin for a few days before going back to Mahé on the 29th to catch our flight. Luckily we can leave our big luggage here at our first place so we’ll only bring our small rugsacks. Gonna be sweaty enough as it is without carrying bags of 16-20 kgs each, haha.
So, our trip to the St. Anne Marine National Park proved to be one awesome day for us. The organizer picked us up right outside the gates and brought us to the catamaran in the port. We were only about 15 people joining (due to low season), so it was a nice and small gathering. The weather was great and it was sooo wonderful feeling the ocean breeze! Once out of the port, we got to check out the corals and fish from a semi-sub boat. A bit of a claustrophobic feeling going down there, haha. After that we went back to the catamaran (after spotting a couple of dolphins far away (didn’t get a picture 😦 )) and got to snorkel around. Amazing! Such clear view, we saw a lot of fish in different colours and corals of various shapes and sizes. There were some fish who got veeery close, almost nibbling on us. Felt like something from a horror/sci-fi movie in which the sea creatures turn against you! After that we had lunch onboard and then hopped ashore on La Moyenne, a petite protected island where it’s said to be buried pirate treasures and where tortoises roam around, all cute and slow. We walked around the island and it really felt like another version of Seychelles. Very exotic and different feeling. It was awesome running into tortoises all over the place when you least expected it too! Then we boarded the catamaran again, had a cocktail and went back to the port, just in time for the rain. We got a ride back to the gates though, so no worries there. 😉
Today, Emelie and I had planned for an outing to Takamaka in the south, and the beach in particular. It started out as a sunny and veeery hot day, but once we sat on the bus it got more cloudy and soon enough it started raining. Still very hot though, of course. It’s the constant thing here. High temperature and high humidity. Even when it’s a bit colder it’s still hot. Anyway. We found the beach and whoa! The waves. Were. Gigantic. Emelie was pushed down and rolled around a while after being hit by one of them sitting down. I haven’t laughed that much in ages (later on I fell too, due to getting hit, haha). It was nice, cool water though and a very welcome excursion indeed.
Til next time!
We have not given up on this blog just yet! Although it has been some stressful and anxiety ridden days recently. My (Rebecka’s newly bought, mind you) laptop decided to just not work one morning. And stayed in that mode until this evening! My mom asked the ‘computer whisperer’ in my hometown and sent me his advice. Voila! Let’s hope it keeps working from now on too…
Since you last heard from us we have experienced the carnival in Victoria (in which we found ourselves interviewed as well as pulled into the parade (awkward swedes inc.!)) and visited the southern parts of Mahé. We have been wanting to visit those beaches all along, and finally we decided on a day to go. After the usual bumpy ride with the bus (although cheap as always, only 5 rupees to anywhere, from anywhere on the island), we got to Anse Soleil. This was a spectacular beach, I tell you. Pictures are not quite enough, but when I get the chance I’ll upload some to let you know what I’m talking about! And what was even more fantastic about this beach was that the water cooled us down. So far, every time we have been in the water it has had the temperature of boiled water, pretty much. So this was a nice change. And it helped us endure the noon heat better! However, though careful in the sun and usage of sun block, I managed to burn my back, hands and ears a bit. When we started our way back, we found out that the nearest bus stop was something like 5 000 miles away. Woho… But we kept walking, ’cause, there was no other way, haha. We had to get home! And then, out of nowhere, a car from some diving centre stopped and asked if we needed a lift somewhere. Yes please..!
Tomorrow we have booked a very exciting excursion, one that we have thought about and wanting to do ever since we got here. We are going (by boat) to the marina nationalpark outside of Victoria to check out corals, enjoy the sun (some more), snorkel and experience Seychelles from a different perspective. Gotta get up eeearly, but it’ll be worth it I’m sure. As long as the weather shows itself from a decent side…
Next time we’ll show some pictures hopefully!
It has been quiet around here for a few days now and I suppose you could blame a mix of studies, activities and plain laziness for that. We got struck by a sudden stressed feeling about our thesis, so we have been busy writing on that and finding people to interview for it. Besides this, we finally bought some snorkeling equipment and tried it out. Man, is that exhausting or what? Haha. But it was fun! We saw colourful fish and also some black spiky round things.. no idea what that was, but it was kinda scary-looking. Yesterday we decided to visit the tea plantation and factory not far from here. It was really nice to see something else (no, we haven’t been very good at exploring the island just of yet…) and the jungle-looking forest we travelled through on winding roads there was so beautiful. The bus ride was shaky and bumpy like a roller-coaster though! You are not allowed to speak loudly on the buses here, but at the same time, I can’t see how one would be able to speak in one’s normal voice at all, hah. 🙂
So, coming up, a post with pictures, yay!
Igår så åkte vi in till stan för att träffa en kvinna vi lärde känna på bröllopet som vi var på. Hon skulle ta oss till en klädaffär där de tydligen ska finnas väldigt vackra klänningar, någonting både jag och Rebecka är intresserad av då våra kläder här inte känns så fina, bara massa lösa linnen och shorts. Men tyvärr så vad affären stängd så vi bestämde att vi skulle göra det nästa vecka istället.
Men eftersom vi ändå var i stan och inte hade några andra planer för dagen så bestämde vi oss för att äntligen gå till botaniska trädgården, någonting vi har pratat om länge. Men först gick vi till en cafè för att äta glass (milkshake för Rebecka) för att få lite energi (läs: socker), vilket visade sig vara en bra plan för vi gick och gick och gick, men kom aldrig fram kändes det som. Vi fick fråga om vägen 3 gånger innan vi äntligen hittade dit. Då var vi så trötta och svettiga så vi gick bara i ungefär halva parken, mer orkade vi inte. Men vi ska åka tillbaka en annan gång, nu när vi vet vart det ligger.
Men vi fick iaf se jättesköldpaddorna, någonting jag har varit pepp på enda sen vi kom hit. Så otroligt söta, och stora. Vi tog massa bilder men tyvärr så är internet lite segt just nu så får lägga upp dem en annan gång!
Hi, hello, good afternoon!
I have started talking in my sleep a lot lately, for some reason. Our routine is usually that I fall asleep like a baby in the evening, and then Emelie stays up a little bit longer. And recently, she has told me, I have “woken up” after a while and started a conversation with her. Tonight we had a very odd talk, something about how we shouldn’t show our faces around here again. Some nights ago, I suddenly sat up in my bed and noted something about Sherlock (the series). A friend of ours said it must be kinda creepy for Emelie to witness, and I agree, but as we concluded: if ever I mention a little girl staring at us from the closet or bathroom door, that is reason for us both to freak out.
On Friday, Emelie and I stood in line to buy some groceries, when suddenly the woman in front of us turned around and asked, in Swedish, if we were from Sweden. Perplexed, but positively surprised, we said yes. And then we started talking, the queue was looong, and to make a long story short – she invited us to her wedding the following day (on my birthday!). Haha. It was very random. And a bit nervous! But we both looked forward to it, since we haven’t really mingled with any locals (or anyone at all haha) yet. And so we went, had a great time (even though it many times felt a bit surreal) and got some really nice food in our stomachs. We got to see how a red snapper looks in its entire form and wow, it’s huge! Looked like a Disney fish. There was some spicy stuff as well, very spicy, haha. And we got to talk to a bunch of very warm and welcoming people. I don’t think I could have asked for a more memorable birthday!
The weather was beautiful! Sunny, but still some clouds and a bit windy.
The birthday girl with all her wonderful gifts! Emelie made sure I got a birthday morning celebration fit for a queen. I think the best present was the icecream. Yep. The icecream. 🙂
Just stopping by to let you know our move to the new place went just fine and both Emelie and I have now settled in. We got the ocean just outside our door, and this is where we plan on trying out snorkeling once we get our hands on some equipment. Enjoyed a nice dinner on our little veranda (with a candle tooo, very cosy!) and looking forward to a (hopefully) good night’s rest… Emelie managed to get the bed right beneath the fan. I shall whine about this until we leave, is my plan. Tomorrow awaits another visit to Victoria. Gotta fill up our chocolate cabinet (this is very important to me).
Tänkte bara titta in och meddela att vi nu har flyttat in i vårt andra boende under den här vistelsen och att flytten gick smidig och smärtfri. Kanske främst eftersom vi inte behövde bära våra väskor den korta (men i värmen väldigt långa) sträckan ner till huset. Hah. Kändes något plågsamt att se någon annan kånka på det cementtunga bagaget. Men nu har vi i alla fall bott in oss lite och lärt känna spisen/ugnen och att vattnet i duschen rinner undan extremt långsamt. Havet är precis utanför dörren och det är alltså här vi tänkte testa på att snorkla när vi så småningom får tag på lämplig utrustning. Kvällsmaten avnjöts på den lilla verandan (med ett levande ljus dessutom, väldigt mysigt!) och nu ser vi båda fram till en (förhoppningsvis) god natts vila.. Emelie lyckades knipa sängen som ligger precis under fläkten och detta planerar jag att gnälla om tills vi åker. Imorgon väntar ännu ett besök i Victoria. Måste fylla upp förrådet av choklad (det här är väldigt viktigt för mig).