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The relaxing port

sunny 95 °F

October 18, 2009.
On the fourteenth, we arrived in Mauritius. We got off the ship, and hit the beach. We took a 20 minute taxi ride to Mon Shwazi, an amazing beach. This beach looked like it was on like a postcard. The water was so clear that we couldn’t even believe it. So we stayed there for the day. We even got to throw the baseball which we are never able to do! All in all, it was a great day.
On our second day, we were going to climb a huge mountain, but Eli had bruised his foot on the beach and it was still hurting him, so we didn’t go. Instead, we went to the botanical gardens of Mauritius. The gardens were huuuuuuuge. The best plant that we saw was these gigantic trees that were made up of many twisted branch things that come up from the bottom of the tree. Then, they had an animal section, and they had giant turtles, reindeer, and deer. The giant turtles were supposedly alive for about 150 years, but I don’t really know how anybody really knows that because nobody really is alive for 150 years, so how could they know it was that old?!?!? So, the next thing we did was go to the sugar museum which was about how the Indians were brought over as indentured servants to cut the sugar cane, and work the factories. The museum turned out to be sorta stupid because it was basically just telling you every single step of the sugar creation. It was kind of unnecessary for them to make us spend half an hour on every single step, and there was like 30 steps. At least at the end we got to taste the sugar. Some of it was disgusting like the Molasses sugar, but some was amazing like the gingerbread sugar and the coffee sugar. Everybody else hated the gingerbread sugar. So, other than that, we just went to the market, and I bought a little Buddha. I probably should have waited till Japan and China for that, but I just loved that one too much.
On our final day we went to the beach again, except this time, we went snorkeling. We went to this place called blue bay. It was a sort of closed off space from the ocean, with the waves crashing practically on the horizon line. We went in, and saw the most amazing things. I saw Puffer fish, eels, angelfish, fish bigger than my head and smaller than my eyes. We also saw beer bottles, shoe soles, and even a whole tire with an eel living in it. I got chilled really fast, so I only stayed in a few hours but Cy and Eli stayed in about the whole time we were there. It was a great way to finish up Mauritius, our best port yet, by far.
I liked Mauritius the best because we didn’t spend a lot of time doing boring stuff like going to museums or going on tours, or visiting buildings, and spent more time actually doing stuff. Their culture was great. It was very happy, and the only really bad thing that ever happened was the Indians being forced to be indentured servants.
So. Here’s how the ports rank so far.
1. Mauritius.
2. South Africa
3. Ghana
4. Spain
5. Morocco.
I’ll write again in India.

Posted by GabrielRR 03:28 Archived in Mauritius Tagged cruises

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