I spent several weeks of the summer of 1979 in Mauritius, with my good school friend Anil Biltoo and his dad, staying with many branches of their interesting family.
I want to write quite a lot about this trip, as it was the most amazing experience for a 16/17 year old youngster. It was hugely formative for me in many ways, not least sparking my lifelong interest in travel and cultures other than my own.
This posting is a quick summary and overview piece, linking to artefacts already available on-line:
- the photographs I took on that trip, which were transparencies but are all scanned and available here on Flickr for all to see;
- a standard 8 cine film I took in Mauritius – the only holiday movie I made myself in my youth. Nowhere near dad’s high standards, but you get a feel and there are some good bits. For the Youtube, linked here, I have added the sound of sega (Mauritian dance music) records I bought while I was there and which still evoke the memories whenever I hear them.
I have started the process of scanning and uploading the letters I wrote home while I was there, which doubled up as my diary/travelogue. They make fascinating reading for me and I need to go through them carefully before I write up my stories and thoughts with the benefit of hindsight.
In the meantime, I shall upload the letters as I go. The brave might try to decipher them. The sensible might wait for my write-ups/stories.