So by now most of our friends and family know that we just spent 5 days in Mauritius. In this case, “we” is Ceci and me. I have been waiting for a visa for 15 months from the South African government and have even hired a private agency to help. So far, this has brought no progress. Because my job as All Nations recruiter requires that I travel out of the country frequently, I had a 90 day visa which was about to expire. The new visa laws mean that if you leave the country and do NOT have a visa you will be declared “undesirable” and not allowed back in the country for between 1-5 years. This designation can be reversed but must be appealed in your home country one of the South African Embassies…the closest to Austin, Texas is Chicago. As a result, it seemed timely to take our tax return ….our ENTIRE tax return (thanks so much to Brian Weber with Applied Business Concepts whose team always does such a wonderful job with our taxes) and spend a week away from the kids for the first time since Asher was born. It was a great time in a beautiful country! Here are some of the many pictures we took… The above pics were on the beach in front of our hotel…..small room, but quite nice and it had AC (a huge luxury as far as we are concerned!) Hinduism is the primary religion of Mauritius so we saw temples like the above everywhere. Turns out, the red flag is a statement that the family who owns the house or land honors the monkey god. I never knew that until I asked the taxi driver on the way back to the airport. and now for some fun at what seemed like a tourist trap but had SO many positive reviews that we decided to risk it. We were actually pleasantly surprised! This was called “Curious Corner of Chamarel.” We had a blast!!
A few pictures of Ceci dancing….