B.E Interns' journey to the Dodo land
As part of the second leg of the Blue Economy internship programme the interns recently embarked on an enriching trip to Mauritius.
It all started on 5th January, 7:30 am – when the interns (now blue Economy Ambassadors) made their arrival on the Pointe Larue International Airport. An air of excitement quickly filled the air. The goodbye was said, some last hugs to family and friends were given and soon the interns were done and ready to go.
As we were about to board the plane we had the chance to meet with two pilots that were to bring us to Mauritius. Interestingly enough one of the pilot was the brother of one of the B.E intern thus we were privilege enough to get a photo with both officers.
As the plane took off a brief glance outside from the plane revealed the on-going economic and leisure activities going down below. The plane went further away and we slowly moved out of the Seychelles' exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Curiosity arose as we entered the Mauritius EEZ. We were indeed impatient to know what their exclusive zone would offer us during our stay in this sister tropical island.
After 2 hours 20 minutes of flying we finally landed. We were greeted by a Queens’s young leader award recipient from Mauritius named Deegesh Mawyah. The very first thing we did after clearing the custom was to go for a group photo on a nearby beach. We could immediately notice a difference /variation in the vegetation found on the beach of Mauritius and those found on our home country Seychelles.
What was also particularly intriguing was the numerous economic activities that were occurring next to the beach. This included people selling lunch and other food and beverage for those coming to the beach. Of course this reminded me of our own bazaar labrin at Beau Vallon.
As we drove across the island to our hotel we realise that even the physical appearances’ of the beach and the components of its deposition were also different. For example their beaches consist of black rocks which come naturally from previous volcanic activities. On the other hand the rocks on Seychelles beach are mainly granitic.
After the group photo on the beach, we were driven back to our hotel. Up to this point the interns had seen only a glimpse of Mauritius though surely this was enough to arouse their impatience and enthusiasm for the Blue economy imitative in Mauritius .So much so, that the next day everyone was up early to officially start their adventure.
Written by Shantana Barbe.