I've already managed to lose an umbrella and I can see that will be a continued problem. We need the umbrellas right now as the remants of a cyclone are hitting the island. It's pretty much we would get back from a hurricance in Auburn - windy and rain. It should end in a few more days.
One of the things we are getting used to (the boys, not so much yet!) is that everything just takes looonger. Walk to the bus, wait for the bus, cram on the bus, ride the bus. Every day you need to go to the market or store as we walk everywhere, so we have to be able to carry everything home. We figured out that the larger shopping market is a walkable distance (about 1/2 mile), once we got someone to show us the tunnel under the road, after going through the sugar cane field. Laundry takes forever, as there are no driers, and right now it is cooler and damp. That'll be fixed quick as summer comes on.
Friday the boys go to their school for assessment, and they start Monday. Yes! They have been really really good but they are ready for other children and they are getting tired of each other. It will be nice to get into our schedule and start our 'Mauritius life'.
This is the building at the University which houses my office.
Mauritius does not have uniform electric outlets, although it is mainly 220V. One ends up using very creative systems of adapters, even for things bought in Mauritius. I have to use part of my adapter kit to get my cell phone charger for my Mauritian cell phone to work. I bought two lamps that have South Africa plugs, and now I'm on a hunt to find adapters for them! (No wonder the lamps were cheap.)