Share your weaknesses. Share your hard moments. Share your real side. It'll either scare away every fake person in your life or it will inspire them to finally let go of that mirage called "perfection," which will open the doors to the most important relationships you'll ever be a part of.
Location : Pine Tunnel / Lorong Cemara Yogyakarta
Gear : #bpro5ap#bpro5alphaplus
Coordinate : 8°00'59.6"S 110°18'19.3"E
Papyrus, the name given to one of the first forms of paper, was discovered in Egypt! History and early civilisations are my favourite subjects to read about and during school amidst the horrors of Math and Physics I was captivated by the tales of Pompeii and the Indus Valley civilisation.
So, when I came across the Papyrus trees in Mauritius I was wide eyed! Our guide told us that these dried parts of the bark that were shed were the ones that were used as paper in its earliest form. While marvelling at the rows of Papyrus trees I couldn't wonder at how ignorant I was - I had no idea papyrus trees were still commonplace in Africa (let alone Mauritius) and I never expected the dried bark to look so similar to paper.
There are times like this during my travels when I'm humbled and the weight of the past lingers heavily in the air. A few centuries ago, man in his very primitive phase simply looking at a dried bark of a tree decided to write on it instead of on rocks and caves and set the foundation for one of the most indispensable items of mankind - paper! How poignant and critical this moment was for mankind, and yet at that time it was just a solution to make life simpler, making the most of what was in your souurounding and improvising to utilise the resource in its best way.
History and ethnography at its very best!
2 418 September, 2019
Postcards from Mauritius
While taking the picturesque route from the Black River Gorges National Park to our hotel, our driver Ali slowed down at a point where we could see the sun setting over the azure calm Indian Ocean. He pointed out to a massive cliff overlooking this picturesque setting and told us about the dark history of the Le Morne Brabant mountain.
Mauritius at one point was actively involved in the international slave trade (In fact one of the first few inhabitants of Mauritius were indentured labourers brought from India to work on the sugarcane farms).
Legend has it that the slaves bought from the African Mainland would escape from their masters and hide in the thick forests of La Morne Brabant. The British passed the Slavery Abolition Act and on the fateful day of 1 February, 1835, a police expedition was sent to inform the runaway slaves they were finally liberated. The arrival of the police was misinterpreted by the slaves, who thought they were going to be recaptured. They flung themselves over the 1824 feet summit and killed themselves.
As Ali became sombre after telling us the dark history of this place, I couldn't help but wonder at the irony. A place of such breathtaking beauty and natural wonders was witness to such atrocities and suffering. A country where tourists flock to enjoy the azure skies and turquoise waters, is the very same place the slaves were desperately trying to escape a few hundred years back.
2 818 September, 2019
Postcards from Mauritius
The first thing that struck me about Mauritius was how eco- friendly and environment conscious the people were. While the spotless roads and public places were definitely a treat to the eyes, what was heartening to see was the efforts the hotels took to conserve the environment and reduce wastage.
Within an hour of landing in Mauritius, we were greeted with huge glasses of a tropical drink and cloth napkins on checking into our hotel - sans the plastic bottles of water, unnecessary straws and wads of tissue paper. We entered our room to see this adorable pillow with different ways one can reduce usage of resources and at every few meters in the resort we came across dustbins. And how can one miss the decadent soaps with 'No nasties! No animal testing' labels.
And this wasn't just the case at our first hotel! Over the next week, we came across multiple heartening instances of the Government, hotels and locals adopting various measures to ensure this paradise stays one!
Now how I wish every country followed suit! Too much to ask for it seems, while the Amazon is burning and natural disasters are occurring at a chilling rate!