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Moussa

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  • Day21

    Victoria, Mahe

    January 26, 2017 on the Seychelles

    I had to arrange some "official" things, so in the last days I was also getting an insight of how is bureaucracy on the Seychelles. I got my super nice national driving license, so here I come left side driving. By the way, I thought I'm gonna change my matchbox car for an automatic one, but seems like there is no possibility for that, so just have to get used to my left handed gear changing.

    The driving license and also the ID card can be done in minutes, they have their own camera and printing machine, I was really pleasantly surprised. In Europe I haven't seen something like this. OK, one should also precise, that the volumes are different: on the islands there are in total approximately 60.000 people living.

    Going to the bank is another experience, less pleasant as getting the ID card and the driving license. After queuing for at least half an hour, when you once get there then they are already quick. There is no number system, you just have to stand there in the line like as at the passport control on the airport. It took like half an hour to get to the cashier. In the bank seychellois they take it very seriously if you talk on the phone while standing in the line. It is strictly forbidden, just like wearing a helmet:) I got away with my crime as I was talking on the phone and mamma security didn't notice it. The girl behind me was not so lucky, she got warned.

    I also paid a visit to the phone operator as I want to cut/exchange the sim card in order to use it with my own phone. After queuing again, of course I need another couple of emails and papers in order to do this, because the sim card is not on my name, but on the agency's. The phone operator is called Cable, the store is rather simple, it doesn't look like anything back home, so there are no shiny phones and gadgets exposed everywhere in the store.

    It is funny that there is no language barrier, wherever you go, everybody speaks English. This is so different from Turkey, where you had to speak the language in order to be able to make yourself understood. But somehow it was nice...you felt like a local. Here I guess i have to spend some more time to feel a bit more like a local person. But there are so many foreigners: from Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, South Africa, Russia, France, Italy and soooo on... not to mention the huge Indian population and there are some Chinese also. I guess you cannot really become a local unless you were born here. But as I said, this journey is about how to be a Seychelloise...so let's see;)
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  • Day4

    Victoria, Mahe

    January 9, 2017 on the Seychelles

    I have noticed something here...it's like you have a bad hair day every day. It's impossible that your hair looks anything like back home, nooo...I have the feeling I look like a lion with all my fur around my head because of this insane air humidity. Or maybe I just feel like an untamed lion now after my 12 hour work day.
    Today we spent the whole day at the office with my colleague, I was trying to get to know the destination, meeting people from the agency we work with...a lot of things to see, learn, understand.
    Nice thing about our office, it is located right downtown Victoria (the world's smallest capital)...If I step out of the office, then I can see the famous Clocktower, aka the mini Big Ben of the Seychelles. But the absolute best is that there is a cute little coffee house called La Dolce Vita right behind the office! And the owner is Italian, so there is real good coffee. And there is even more...cakes, ice cream. In one word: Happiness! Mondays are almost fundays (NOT).
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  • Day36

    Kymani Marley show in Victoria

    February 10, 2017 on the Seychelles

    Creole people in general love reggae music, and the Seychellois are no exception. So the long waited show of Kymani Marley finally arrived to the Seychelles. Organization was quite good (ok except that nobody knew when does actually the show start), you could buy front row and back row tickets. Of course we took the vip ones, so we were close to the stage. There was no huge crowd, more people in the back row. When we entered, they took our tickets and put some uv paint on our middle finger (why that?!). There were some stalls like at a festival, you could get drinks, takamaka as usual and some local beer. Some local artists started the show (each of them was performing one or two songs, and it was more than enough). Kymani Marley, one of the 42 children of the one and only Bob Marley, arrived a bit after 23h, and did a show of an hour and a half approximately, great songs from his father...great voice and there was a nice atmosphere. He also did mention the current political situation and stood up against Trump.
    What I also really liked was that to be honest...I have never felt so comfortable at a concert: nobody pushed nobody, no beer landed on me, nobody tried to approach me...you could just enjoy the music. Also interesting: there was a lot of police and they were even walking around with the drug searching dog..quite a surprise, you wouldn't expect such a control at a reggae concert. I also never so as many people at night in the "city" as Saturday evening/night. Normally the whole city is deserted at 5pm.
    Another interesting fact: the Seychelloise like to dress like they are going to a club even if it's a reggae concert on a football field. Well it was for sure an interesting experience and all in all, it was a super nice evening. As I heard the next celebrity coming in the summer will b Sean Paul...will definitely be there;)
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  • Day6

    Fra Praslin til Mahé

    March 20, 2017 on the Seychelles

    Denne morgen skulle vi meget tidligt op (kl. 5.15 helt præcist), for vi skulle med færgen til hovedøen Mahé. Vi havde bestilt en taxi på forhånd men vi kunne ikke få chaufføren til at køre med taxameter, så der fik vi også lov til at betale overpris. Der stod på vores færgebillet, at det var meget vigtigt at møde op en time før afgang, men vi var stort set de første der ankom på havnen, og damen der skulle veksle vores billetter til boardingpas kom først et kvarter før afgang, så vi var stort set de sidste der kom om bord.
    Den 45 minutters lange sejltur gik fint - Gitte sov selvfølgelig.
    På havnen i Mahé blev vi igen overrasket over de dyre taxier, og da der samtidig stod en biludlejningsmand med et godt tilbud, besluttede vi at leje en bil til de 3 dage vi skulle tilbringe på øen. Så kunne Jesper samtidig øve sig lidt i at køre i venstre side af vejen inden Sydafrika. Jesper klarede det til UG, og vi fandt hurtigt vores hotel.
    Efter indtjekning kørte vi ud til Eden Island som ligger ved Seychellernes hovedstad, Victoria. Det meste af Eden Island (om ikke den hele) er en kunstig ø med super eksklusive boliger, sejlbåde og yachter. Vi fik en god frokost på en café i shopping centeret og fik shoppet en smule.
    Derefter tog vi ind til Victoria for sightseeing. Der var nogle spændende bygninger, et marked og nogle turistboder - det hele var set på et par timer. Vi så et Hindu tempel, en moské samt diverse kirker, og byens størrelse taget i betragtning vidner det om en god sammenblanding af forskellige kulturer. Victoria virker som en travl by hvor de lokale bor og arbejder, mens Eden Island udelukkende er turisme.
    Efter sightseeing tog vi ud forbi et større indkøbscenter og handlede forsyninger - især vand. Selvom vandet ikke er til at drikke fra hanerne er det ret dyrt i butikkerne - de fleste steder ca. 10 kr. for 1 liter.
    Da vi kom tilbage til hotellet skyndte vi os i badetøjet, så vi kunne nå en dukkert inden solnedgang. Øens mest besøgte strand lå lige uden foran hotellet. Der var på ingen måder overfyldt med turister på Seychellerne, hvilket vi havde en forventning om, men det var jo bare rigtig rart.
    Efter en svømmetur og lidt aftensmad på sengen så vi en film så længe Gitte kunne holde sig vågen.
    Dagen får 3,5 stjerner.
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