I could sit and look back at these pictures for hours, my experience of this wonderful country was absolutely breathtaking! The people, the food, the WEATHER, I mean what more could you ask for? A gruesome 14 hour flight and I was in paradise. Having travelled to the other side of the world with the neighbouring regions being Madagascar and Kenya, I was suddenly transported to an island amongst natures greatest in the heart of the Indian Ocean.
Made up of 116 islands (not all habitable) the Seychelles is considered one of the oldest and hardest granite islands in the world. I was fortunate enough to visit the most popular Islands in the Seychelles, Mahe, Prasline, La Digue, and Moyenne. Each Island compromising of such beauty I could hardly take in what was before my eyes. The greenest mountains hugged by a sea of clouds, the whitest sand on earth which felt like I was walking on baby powder, and lets not forget the crystal clear turquoise waters of the sea…….( somebody take me back)
To say I felt centred and relaxed would be an understatement, my two weeks spent in this part of the world was bliss.
Something I enjoyed most about being here was experiencing a difference of culture, and learning all there was to know about the people, the food, schooling and nationality which made up such a beautiful diverse set of people. With the native tongue and heritage being labeled as ‘Creole’ ( a mix of African, French, south Indian and Chinese) everything I experienced was vibrant and fruitful. The food was rich and seasoned to send your taste buds in overdrive. I learned (and ate) a handful of currys, (something they are known to be the best at), I indulged in the sweetest coconut desserts, and tried bread fruit for the first time in many different ways and courses ,(if you’re from a Carribean or African background breadfruit is like their version of plantain with the many variations of food we can make from this one staple).
I do have to say that the most humbling and touching experience I felt was being amongst the kindest, and most welcoming set of people I’ve ever come across whilst travelling. Happy they all were, and always wanting to help, something I think in Western culture we lack. The people were so appreciative of what they had, and valued one another with such grace, it was impossible to feel sad or worry when you’re surrounded by individuals that give off such warming and happy energy; it was completely contagious. For me this is something I constantly look back at when things get a little difficult in life, and I need to remember what I have and be appreciative and celebrate that in order to welcome new and exciting experiences. I think its easy to become a self consumed person who is constantly like give me, I want this mentality without being appreciative and humbled about what we already have, as often its more than most will ever see in their lifetime.
As I’ve been on the subject of goals and ways to achieve them in previous posts, I thought it would be great to share one of mine for this year, and if you haven’t already guessed yet from the title of this post ‘ To be well traveled’ this is one of them. I honestly believe that travelling makes you a better well-rounded person, better educated and understanding of other people. For me this is crucial in my own personal development moving forward and I encourage you to do the same, and also note you don’t always have to go far to experience something different, be opened minded and a little curious, you never know where you may end up.