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The truth about ‘paradise’

The truth about ‘paradise’

I didn’t know what to expect from the Seychelles. The impression I had was that, though incredibly beautiful, it was a place for luxury tourism. Reading blogs and websites prior to going had addressed some of these assumptions, but I still didn’t have a clear sense of whether they would feel like manicured tourist islands or, like most places, a destination with a central, local community to which you were just a visitor. When you live in a big city…

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Trust me it’s better, down where it’s wetter: diving in the Seychelles

Trust me it’s better, down where it’s wetter: diving in the Seychelles

I remember diving being really complicated. When I got certified almost a decade ago, we had to study a textbook and take a test before getting into the water. As a self-confessed control freak and nerd, I studied that textbook avidly. I got a perfect score, beating both of my parents. Yes, I still remember this. I am the worst. Fast-forward ten years and the experience was different. Having not been diving in over five years, I had to do…

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Love in the time of humidity, hills and wrong turns

Love in the time of humidity, hills and wrong turns

Jake and I travel well together. We both eat everything, are unfussy about accommodation and transport and love new places and experiences. We also share an unreasonable love for anything deep-fried and making pig noses at each other on planes. You know, the important stuff. However, there are moments that test even the most relaxed couple. These same moments also test me and Jake. We were travelling by boat from Praslin to Mahé, the island where we would spend our…

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Three days on Praslin island

Three days on Praslin island

The second island we visited was Praslin, which is only a fifteen minute boat ride from La Digue. Praslin is bigger than La Digue, with actual roads and buses that sometimes arrive when the schedule says they will. Except for the 63. As we were told, the timetable for the 63 bus is a “suggestion.” Finding our accommodation was its own challenge. I had lots of relevant information about the place, like the unmarked junction it is situated at and…

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Exploring La Digue: sunsets and stingrays

Exploring La Digue: sunsets and stingrays

Although there are 115 islands overall, there are three main islands in the Seychelles: Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. La Digue is the smallest, home to only 1800 people, and our first stop on the trip. I loved this little speck of an island! There are very few cars allowed so most people get around on bikes. There’s no need to ever lock your bike up; one day we left our bikes on the side of the road for over…

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