Never did I think that at the age of 24 I would go to one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world. In January I flew to the island of Mahé in the Republic of Seychelles. This tiny country in the middle of the Indian Ocean has always been a dream of mine; the idyllic beaches and the laid-back lifestyle. I travelled with my best friend from England, who had come over for a 4-week stay in the Indian Ocean. Along with another friend we embarked on what turned out to be the most incredible adventure ever.
Even boarding the flight in St Denis, it felt exclusive. People, myself included, were taking pictures of the information board, which stated the Seychelles as our destination, as a way to make people envious back home I’m sure! As we landed late in the evening, we could only make out the silhouette of the huge backdrop of mountains and the quiet, deserted capital ‘city’. Early next morning, we boarded a ferry to take us to Praslin, 45km from Mahé. I must admit the ride was the bumpiest I have ever been on. Children were being sick left right and centre and even adults were running to the only toilet and returning moments later covered in water. (I can only imagine what happened!)
We toured Praslin for three days, visiting the most famous and most photographed beaches in the world. The beautiful turquoise water lapped onto soft plush white sand. This, I thought, are what dreams are made of! After enjoying too many ice creams and enduring the white-knuckle bus rides, we moved on to la Digue, 15km from Praslin.
Think of a little island, in the middle of the ocean, no cars and no Internet, this somewhat describes life in la Digue. We hired bikes and after a few uneasy starts, we toured the island also for 3 days. Again we visited deserted beaches with powder like sand and I even found a hammock, in which I spent an incredible relaxing morning.
Cut off from the world, no phones, no Internet, nothing, it was the perfect way to really relax and take everything in.
Even as I waddled back to the ferry to return to Mahé, I still couldn’t believe I was in the Seychelles. There are not many 24 year olds who could say they casually took a trip to paradise for week!
Honeymoon – lune de miel
Tiny – minuscule
Laid-back – décontracté
Along with – avec
To board – monter à bord
To land – s’atterrir
Background – toile de fond
Bumpy – cahoteux
White-knuckle – terrifiante
To hire – louer
Uneasy – inquiet
To waddle – se dandiner