I was lucky enough to be rostered onto a Mauritius flight during May, and this is the equivalent to striking crew gold! After a shaky start (I was a bit sick and unsure if I could operate, but I would chop my own head off to visit a place like this and get paid for it), I was off on the A380 to Island Paradise. One of my best friends, Alyssa, has been to Mauritius a few times with her family and it has two of my favourite things (monkeys and Francophones) so she said I would love it! And I did! My crew wanted to relax and read books in the sun, but I had other plans. All of the activities, including snorkelling, water skiing, kayaking and paddleboat rides were FREE! After one of the Grade 1’s and I failed to hustle up the rest of the crew, we joined the 777 crew (who had a whopping 52 hour layover!) on a boat trip to Paradise Island at sunset! It was a once in a lifetime experience, the sun was shining, the water was turquoise as can be and everyone was in good spirits. I even took a break from missing home to soak up the atmosphere and see some primates on the shore of the waterfalls! Breathtaking.
After the boat ride back, I got in touch with James and then had some drinks with the crew. The next morning, after some time thinking about my life and the direction it is heading in, I decided to clear my mind with kayaking. I was great fun! The sun and sea helped me to relax and stop worrying about my future. I tend to think to far into the future and lose track of what is right. Not any more! I’m trying to take this experience for what it is, and not think too much J So what better way to end a tiring layover than to throw myself off a fishing boat off the island of Mauritius to go snorkelling just before our flight out?! 😉 I WISH I had a go pro, or an underwater camera, or something! There were so many different types of colourful fish that I followed around for an hour until I was called back to the boat. I had to keep popping up to make sure that I didn’t swim past the marker, because, my tour guide cheerfully told me that if I swam past there that I am so tiny and the current is so strong that I would end up in Madagascar, for sure! Funny little man! After a quick shower, I glossed up and was ready for the flight back to Dubai. Lucky I enjoyed the layover after all, because the flight back was so full on! Very eventful and busy to say the least, but it was over quickly, thank goodness!