I am Jeff. It has been in a total of 5 years that I have stayed in Taiwan. Just a bit of background about me, I was born and lived in Mauritius for 20 years until I decided to study abroad for my bachelor’s. Mauritius, as considered for many people, is a peaceful country where tourists love to spend a holiday or even for new married couples to go for their honeymoon. As this country have so many beautiful places to visit, a tourist just loves to spot their holiday memories at the seaside.

Mauritius’ first president initiated a free education program until high school to every citizen, regardless of their social status to obtain basic education.

The History of Mauritius

If someone looks into the history of Mauritius by going to museums or monuments status over the island, they will learn that the first settlers of Mauritius were the Dutch. During their exploration, they discovered a big fat bird called the “Dodo”. Since those birds were so fat, they could not fly and so they were easily hunted and eventually became extinct. The Dutch colonization started in 1598 and ended by abandoning the island in 1710. After five years, French came until 1810 and named the island as “Isle of France”. The island soon became a base for the purpose to raid British commercial ships but they stopped when the British decided to fight and was successfully captured the island in 1810. Before the slave abolishment on the 1 February 1835, slaves were brought to the island and were used as the main source of labor to build roads, houses, and sugar plantations. Finally, Mauritius received its independence on 3 March 1963.

Mauritius, The Motherland of Multiculturalism

Mauritius is a multi-cultural country where Chinese, Indians, Blacks, and even Whites live in harmony as one country and one nation. Other than traveling and leisure time, we also have a bunch of unique food which only available there. One of them called “Dal Pouri”. They are made available all over the island in street markets. It is an Indian custom pancake made from Dal which every local love to eat as breakfast or lunch with a light Indian curry. The food and culture are merged together as people are living and sharing their culture and food over the years.

On the other hand, we have travelers who prefer some kind of adventurous activities that will go hiking up the mountains or go find waterfalls to swim in the waterfall pool. As for a person like me, I would prefer to learn about the culture and food that will go towards the center and south of the island. One of many traditions, during the season of April to July, a fruit called Chinese Guava or Goyaves de Chine (in French) ripens and harvested by locals. Families always come together with the baskets on their handpicking the red and yellow fruits. Some of them will do it as business selling in traditional food markets. As I perceive traveling is a beneficial hobby, I would encourage you to share different ideas through your personal experiences in traveling. See you!