• Community,  Family,  Lifestyle

    Three Months In

    This week marks three months since we landed in Mauritius. In many ways I feel well-settled. André has started going to a preschool three times a week and that has given us some structure and routine to our days. I’ve been gaining confidence driving around Mauritius and that has afforded me some independence (the driving here could be the subject of an entire blog post, it’s nuts!). And I’m slowly finding my own way around, becoming familiar with nearby towns and neighborhoods, local eateries and shops. But we are still living downstairs with my in-laws while our new house above is being completed (it’s so close! More on that later),…

  • Community,  Family,  Food,  Lifestyle

    Farmcity and the Unlikely Farmers

    The fundamental basis of the community is agriculture, tillage of the soil. ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace (Bahá’i Writings) Agriculture should be a force for good, providing solutions to global issues of hunger, inequity, energy consumption, pollution, climate change, loss of biodiversity and depletion of natural resources. The positive, multifaceted environmental, social and economic benefits of a truly sustainable agriculture can contribute solutions to most of the world’s major problems. ~ SOAAN When I first heard that my brother-in-law, Wesley, and his wife, Kelly, were starting an organic farming business in Mauritius, I couldn’t believe it. Not because I didn’t think they were capable—these two are among the most…

  • Community

    F.U.N: Embracing Failure

    Fuckups teach you who you are // Develop your ideas with your customer or client // Humility is very important // Know when to cut your losses and move on These are just a few of the nuggets of wisdom that the presenters at the recent Fuckup Nights (FUN) event shared with the 100+ attendees at The Turbine (a co-working space and business incubator) in Moka District. The event was the first of its kind in Mauritius and was organized in partnership with Red Dot (an innovation consulting firm) and Dodo Work Play (an interactive team training firm). It was inspired by a co-organizer’s conference visit to Singapore where she first…

  • Community,  Family

    How to Have a Baby in Mauritius

    Oli and I have been contemplating the idea of having a second child (and I want to stress the words contemplating and idea!). Before we became parents, we’d daydream about how many kids we wanted to have and we settled on the number three (if we could be so lucky). We both come from siblinghoods of three so that was a number that made sense to us—it felt neither too large nor too small. Also, they say good things come in threes—the three musketeers, three-piece suits, the Hanson brothers…But then we actually had a child, reality kicked in, and we finally understood why many couples choose to have only one…