• 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…

  • Family,  Lifestyle,  Uncategorized

    A Month in Mauritius

    We have been in Mauritius for about a month now. It still feels like we are on vacation, here only for a visit. I know that will change as the days pass by and the permanence of our move finally sinks in. That vacation feeling might have something to do with the fact that we are currently living with Oli’s parents and they insist on doing almost everything for us including cooking and cleaning up. I totally lucked out with my father-in-law, Clive, in particular—he is the most thoughtful and generous person I know. We have a routine now where he will make me a cup of tea each morning…

  • Family,  Lifestyle,  Travel

    We’re in Mauritius!

    We made it to Mauritius! (Old news for those who read my most recent post, “Making a Move”). June 5 will forever remain the anniversary of the day we landed in Mauritius. We’ve been here almost two weeks now and every day we have had work to do and errands to run for the new house. Except for Sundays when businesses close early and work is suspended. Yesterday (a Sunday) was spent relaxing at the beach in Trou Aux Biches, a region in the north of the island. We took the (relatively new) highway between the mountains through the center of the island. Le Pouce (The Thumb), Montagne Longue (Long…

  • Family,  Travel

    Making a Move

    André is fast asleep, the house is quiet save for the occasional clang of a tool as the workmen continue the housebuilding upstairs. I’m sipping on tea (sweet vanilla tea grown here in Mauritius) and I’ve decided to tackle a new blog post. It’s daunting. I haven’t written a post in weeks and there’s so much to recount and reflect upon. Where to start? Anyone who has endured a move knows how much work goes into it (“endured” because they are rarely pleasant beyond the initial excitement and the sweet relief once it’s all over). We spent weeks in preparation—putting together documents (for residency permits), selling cars and furniture (not…

  • 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…

  • Globe atlas
    Family,  Lifestyle,  Travel

    Mauri…where?!

    True story: a few months ago Oli mailed a package (from California) to Mauritius. It eventually made it to Mauritius (not entirely in one piece) but not before taking an unexpected detour to Mauritania*. Mauritius, Mauritania. I get it, it was an easy mistake to make. My point is, Mauritius is not on many people’s maps. It certainly didn’t seem to be on the U.S. Postal Service’s map. Whenever we send a package to Mauritius, we cross our fingers and hope like hell it reaches its intended destination.   If you’ve heard of Mauritius, chances are you know it as a coveted vacation destination. White sandy beaches, azure waters, tropical…

  • At Flic en Flac beach in Mauritius
    Family,  Lifestyle

    We’re moving to Mauritius! (Because who doesn’t want to live on a tropical island?)

    You guys, it’s finally happening! We’re moving! Oli and I have been talking about moving since we got married in 2013. Oh, we’ve moved since then—from a townhouse, to a teeny tiny studio apartment, to a 4-bedroom single-family home—but all within a 20-mile radius. What I mean is, we are moving, moving. Internationally. To the other side of the globe.   The United States was never going to be a permanent home for us. Being international transplants in the U.S., we knew we would one day make our way back to either one of our home countries. We just didn’t know which one (New Zealand or Mauritius?) and we didn’t…