Location: Port Louis, Mauritius

Today was supposed to be the day that we were to set off on our passage to cape town, but for weather-related reasons, we were forced to spend an extra day in this incredible place. Students were given the first half of the day off to spend freely on the island. Many of us were able to get to the grocery store one last time to stock up on snacks for the upcoming passage. The passage will be approximately ten days dipping below the southern tip of Madagascar and across the world-famous Agulhas current ending in Richards Bay, South Africa.

After breakfast, students split into several groups to explore different aspects of the island. One group of students (Sam P, Jay, Ethan, Ruben, And Aidan) went to the racetrack to watch the horse races held every weekend. The track was filled with people of many different cultures and backgrounds coming together and getting excited about the races, cheering for their favorite horses. Another group (including Kylie, Izzy, Sam O, Hudson, Rebecca, Sofia, Emily, and Alan) made their way to the beach on the west side of the island. They were able to relax all morning on the beach and try food from different stands near the beach. The last group found lunch in the city and made a final stop at the supermarket for provisions.

Dinner tonight was cooked by Char, who made a delicious meal of fried rice and bak Choi with peanut sauce. The last few nights, our group squeezes have been lacking energy following long days full of activities, but tonight the energy in the group felt quite high as students shared funny stories from their childhood. It was nice to hear formative stories from everyone and to see everyone laugh at each other’s life stories for the better part of an hour.

Tomorrow we will be preparing for our last large crossing, fuelling up and leaving the dock. Mauritius is one of the coolest and most interesting places I have ever been to, and I will be sad to see it go, but we are looking forward to having some time to study on passage as it is harder to find when we are on the dock.

Also, Hi Mom 🙂