Hello everyone, it’s me Deenah who will briefly narrate about my last day with the BE interns. So, it was 06:30 am and I was already there at the Paradis des iles hotel at Quatre Bornes meeting the team for a new adventure. They proposed for me to have a yummy breakfast with them but I refused because I had a full stomach. At 07:15, the driver, Yudish, was already on the spot and we hopped in the party bus to our destination; Grand Riviere Sud Est (GRSE).
On our way, Yudish was guiding us about the different places in Mauritius and also about their legends. When we reached Flacq, he stopped and got us a treat and it was yummy street fritters. We all shared the cakes and were telling the Seychellois the name of each fritter. When we nearly reached GRSE, he stopped near a sugar cane field and got us down to go and see the waterfall from above. He knew that we were to see the waterfall later on that day in boats but, he wanted to show us the amazing view from above. The view was so beautiful and I was in awe. After that, we went to GRSE waterfront where we waited for Mr.Keshwar to come. Meanwhile, we walked around and saw a fisherman who caught two sharks. Many people were taking pictures with the sharks. The fisherman said that he caught the sharks near the reef and they sell the sharks Rs.60 per 500g. This seemed so cheap and I wonder how they make profit out of this to make a living. An hour later when Mr.Keshwar came we jumped into the boats which he booked and we went near the reef.
The reef was an artificial and manmade one which helps the local fishers to catch their prey and also protect them from waves. When we reached near the reef, the sound of the crashing of the waves was so beautiful and we all enjoyed it. After a few minutes, some fishermen came in a boat and we all changed into our swimming suits. We snorkeled with the fishermen and he showed us octopus cages and also an octopus. They then killed the octopus but it was still moving when we touched the latter. The fisherman kept the octopus to sell it and joined us on the boat. We then made a boat trip to Ile aux Cerf where we swam in the warm water. Unfortunately I was not so lucky that day and I stepped on a sea urchin. All the boys tried to help me with the cleaning of the wound and removal of the spines. We had lunch there and chatted with everyone. The Mauritian people were learning new words and local recipes from the Seychellois folks. This was indeed interesting.
At about 12 o’clock we again hopped into the boat but this time we went to see the waterfall. Mr.Christian, the skipper, chatted with us and told us about an accident that took place in the river there where a drunk man lost his life. This was sad but this is also a lesson to us that we should not drink alcohol and come on the boat as it is dangerous. The view of the waterfall from the boat was also amazing and we enjoyed watching it. Mr.Chrisitian also showed us bats in trees and told us that due to the scorching sun, the monkeys are hiding. We were so excited to see monkeys but unfortunately we didn’t. We reached the GRSE waterfront at about 13:30 and then Yudish made a road trip and showed us an ancient colonial house which is haunted. We also went to the view point of Peter Both mountain were we had a very large view of Mauritius. Our final destination for that day was a Tamil temple called Kovil, where Yudish and I told my Seychellois friends about the Gods and Goddesses and why we pray to them. My fantastic day ended at the bus station and I was so sad to leave the group. It was an amazing experience to be with them and I hope to meet them soon.