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Seychelles October

So the Christmas countdown has started and I really can not believe we are heading into the last part of 2016. This year has been filled with all sorts of wonderful but like they say in an Indian proverb with the sweet comes the bitter.
I have learnt so much about me and my world this year that I often think hold up why did I not know or do this before. End of year craziness starts as a lecturer this means exams and of course loads of marking.
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As a Travel and Tourism lecturer ,I am constantly learning and in the last month I have been teaching my students about the Indian Ocean Islands. Each Island so different yet with many similarities. And yes my #BucketList has just gotten longer. So instead of me welcoming each month in a different language , I have decided to share some information on that destination as well.
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The Seychelles is one of the most beautiful Islands and is often referred to as “The Other Eden”.

Facts about Seychelles :

  1. Gained it’s independence from the UK in 1975.
  2. South African passport holders do not require a visa.Only a return ticket and a valid passport are needed.
  3. Languages spoken include Creole, English and French.
  4. British 3 pin plugs are used.
  5. The currency is the Seychelles Rupee which can only be purchased or exchanged within the island. Euros are the most useful currency to carry.
  6. The Island has a tropical marine climate and experiences high humidity.
  7. The Seychellois people are descendents of a mixture of French and British Landowners, freed African slaves and a small number of Chinese and Indian immigrants.
  8. Victoria is the world’s smallest capital city and is found on the island.
  9. Vallee de Mai a UNESCO World Heritage Site is found here this is where you will find the rare Coco de Mer palms with their unusual seeds. Many believe this to be the original Garden of Eden.
  10. Aldabra Atoll is another UNESCO World Heritage Site found here.This Atoll is home to the giant tortoises.

Besides the incredibly beautiful beaches of the Seychelles there is more to this island. A number of national parks are home to fauna and flora that can only bd found on this island. With a rich and diverse history it is no surprise that the Carnival International held in March attracts thousands of visitors to Victoria. Festival Kreol is a week long festival in October which includes traditional dances, fashion shows,folklore and Creole music.

Dearest October,

Bonjour ! This year you and your sisters before you have all been very kind and memorable. Though I must admit you guys have been rather sneaky and arrive out of the blue. September,proved to be a busy but awesome month. In South Africa, September is known as #TourismMonth as well as #HeritageDay is celebrated. South African Tourism launched a campaign on local travel and getting people to discover the country they live in. I LOVE this idea and have written about the importance of being a local tourist before.
I got to explore Gwahumbe Game Lodge Experience with my girls and we had an amazing time. I felt I was in deepest Africa but in reality I was an hour away from home yet I never knew this place existed. Later in the month I was invited to join a group of Durban Bloggers as we headed up to #TravelTheBerg ,unfortunately the weather was not our side so we were only able to experience AntBear Lodge blog post to follow soon. I think it was rather appropriate that in #TourismMonth I got to explore locally.

October Excitement

  1. Diwali which is basically Christmas for a Hindus.
  2. I am currently on a midterm week off and needed it.
  3. Good Food and Wine Show every Durban foodie has this one in their calendar which is the last weekend of October.
  4. A new month means a chance to be open to new opportunities.
  5. The screening of a Bollywood Movie by the talented Karan Johar. The movie is set in London and stars of my favourite heartthrobs Fawad Khan.

I rather like the idea of monthly goals that I started last month. Some I managed to succeed at and some I needed to add to my list for this month.

October goals

  1. Try and read atleast one complete book.
  2. Write 5 blog posts this month. Last month my goal was 4 and I did it.
  3. Stay on track with my marking.End of year means tons of marking so I must finish it all.
  4. Get juicing again.
  5. Try 1 new thing.
  6. Finish watching an entire series currently watching The Mindy Project.

So Darling October …. I look forward to all the adventures you will bring me. Like your sisters before you I know you will make October rather special and full of memories. Oh and incase you forgot I am still waiting for Prince Charming.
Wishing you all an adventure filled month.
Be Inspired !
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31 thoughts on “Seychelles October

  1. This year has been a learning experience for me as well. Isn’t it always? I’m always grateful for a lesson.
    The work you do sounds fascinating! We grow a lot through traveling and discovering new places. Seychelles sounds b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l! I saw that they have unique folklore – do they celebrate Halloween? Is the festival they have similar in anyway? “Day of the dead”, theme of ghosts and ghouls?
    Good luck on your goals this month!!

  2. Travelling visas always confused me a little. I always forget to doubt check the policy before stating that I want to go somewhere specific!

  3. We landed in Varanasi last year and turned out to be the second day of the Diwali festival. We had such a good time at the guest house with their celebration. We had no idea and not even heard of the festival. For us it is all about the photography and it offered great shots.

  4. Hello Verushka!
    Congratulations on meeting you goals! Woot, woot! Whatever your “tricks” you are currently doing really works. We are excited to read more of your travel posts and musings.
    Also thank you for sharing us interesting facts about Seychelles. Now I’m curious what at the exciting things to do when in-town πŸ˜€

  5. That’s so neat that you are a tourism lecturer! I honestly didn’t know much about Seychellea but the culture and history behind it is impressive!

  6. I hope Seychelles happens soon in my life, I have been reading too mnay blogposts on it off late.
    October is a month of rejoicing here too. πŸ™‚
    Good luck with your October goals!

  7. Love the fact that you’re doing monthly goals. I started in January and have been consistent every month (except one) so far this year. Seychelles is actually on my short list for new years travel destinations and after reading this I think it just moved up a few places!

  8. This is fabulous. The Seychelles are on my list and I have learned so much from your blog. Silly me, I had no idea that they were owned by the UK until 1975! The scenery also looks beautiful. Everything I have imagined πŸ™‚

  9. First of all, Congratulations for achieving your last month goals and good luck for this month!
    My sister went to Seychelles on her honeymoon and just loved it! It’s on my bucket list. Hope to go there someday in my life!

  10. I have been eyeing Seychelles for a few years now. Such a beautiful and lovely place – from what I have seen on pics and videos. The islands in the Indian Ocean are some of the best in the world. Just the flights get a bit expensive, depending on where you are traveling from.

  11. Beautiful! Always great to reflect on goals as it’s the one thing that keeps us moving forward. Do you know what book you’d like to read? I will send some vibes that Prince Charming comes your way too πŸ˜‰

  12. I’ve only ever seen Seychelles in Instagram pictures and national geographic! πŸ˜€ so cool you got to visit! pictures look awesome, looks like you had a grand time! thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  13. Seychelles is a dream destination. I would love to spend a few days on a private island here and relax on the white beaches beneath swaying palms.

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