Here I am in the West side of Mauritius. We decided to stay close to the capital to interact more with the locals. Mauritius is known for their beautiful resorts but we wanted to see more about the city, culture, people, beaches and so on and we were really surprised in a good way.
We stayed in a beautiful hotel called Villa AnaKao. It is a beautiful old colonial style house, with a lovely swimming pool and very cozy atmosphere. The owners are french and have the same hotel in Senegal.
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Taking about people and culture, Mauritius has a large Indian population who were brought to the island to work in the cane plantations. They still preserve their traditions as they are transmitted generation to generation. During our time there, they were celebrating Shiva Festivities. Shiva is one of the 3 major deities of Hinduism. Shiva is the destroyer of the world, followed by Brahma the creator and Vishnu the preserver. Shiva is the responsible for change both in the form of death and destruction and in the positive sense of destroying the ego, the false identification with the form. He is also the God of yogis, self control and celibate.
We went one night to see the peregrination and the next day to see how this celebration would finish. During the peregrination they were lots of people walking to get to the top of the mountain where there is a big Shiva statue and stayed there praying and doing different rituals.
We walked a small portion of the peregrination and people were very generous giving food, very tasty spiced tea and motivation to all the pilgrims. It was a wonderful experience!
During the last day, we went to the North to get to know The Grand Baie: A beautiful beach with white sand and crystal water.
We made a picnic with friends and stayed in the sea talking until dark. This was so peaceful and so special. We were spoilt with one of the most amazing sunsets I could ever see.
I must say that I was expecting less from this trip but I went home wanting to come back.
If you are planning to visit Mauritius, do it! It is so worth it.
Watch the video of our trip here.
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