I’m a twentysomething from Mauritius who’s always on the look out for more adventures. After finishing school, I moved to London to in 2009 to study for a geography degree (hence the title) and life hasn’t been quite the same since. Mauritius, as beautiful as it is, doesn’t offer much options for travelling. The bane of living on a tropical island in the middle of the ocean, it’s bloody expensive to go anywhere, not that it stopped me from dreaming and being curious about the world.
Living in London was probably the best thing that has ever happened to me and my experiences there have definitely moulded me into part of who I am today. I joined a creative writing society at uni through which I got published in a collective novel. I volunteered with London Zoo and basically found my passion for conservation. I jumped from a plane, went to the Olympics, became a tennis fan with near stalking tendencies (all innocent) but most important of all, I got to travel. I got to watch fireworks and dance at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, ate gelato on the streets of Florence, rode a camel in Morocco and many others.
In November 2012, I returned to Mauritius supposedly on holidays – I had other plans at that point which required me to return back to Europe but which fell through at the last minute. Instead I got involved with an NGO working on the protection of local wildlife. I would be lying if I said I loved every minute of it – there were times I just wanted to tear my hair out – but it was certainly an amazing experience. I went from being a Londoner to a girl of the forest, living here from Monday to Saturday only coming home for the weekend. It was certainly different from what I was used to but definitely taught me what I was capable of and not.
I then got offered the opportunity to study for a masters in Turkey and I thought to myself, “Why not?” At the time, Turkey as a country was quite unknown to me. Of course, I had read about the magnificence of Istanbul and it had always been on my place to visit list but other than that I had never given much thought to it. It was hard at first to get used to this weird place that Turkey is but now the more I learn about it, the more I want to explore the country. Not only that, Turkey is in such a perfect geographical location that it allows you to travel to the East or West easily, which is basically heaven for this travel addict.
My plan for now, travel around Turkey and beyond as much as I can, finish that masters and embark on yet another adventure. Sounds good, no?