02 November 2011

Way of Life in Seychelles

Aldrick, our tour guide in Mahe Island is a local of Seychelles. Part of the tour was introducing their way of life. It was interesting because we won't only see the beautiful sight of the Island but a deeper understanding of the people and country. I also want the kids to learn and see the diversity of life. Aldrick told our kids that he used to walk 3 kilometers everyday just to reach school.

We started by going to their house. We walked around 100 meters to reach their place. The trail was so narrow that cars cannot pass. We were surrounded by giant palm trees and plants as we walked. My son had fun playing with the Makahiya grass (the leaves flap together when they are touched) because he was familiar with them.

playing with Makahiya grass
Trail to Aldrick's House

Trees were similar to what we have in the Philippines but they are noticeably huge. They have jackfruits, papaya and mangoes.

jackfruit tree - giant!

Kamias in Filipino :)
papaya tree

When we reached their house that was uphill, he introduced her mother to us. She doesn't speak English so Aldrick translates our conversation. People of Seychelles speak Creole or French. Like Filipinos, he said that they have close family ties. Parents would prefer that their children would settle near their house even when they marry. His mother was so nice and asked us where we were from and said that there were some Filipinos working in Victoria (Seychelles capital). 

Aldrick's house

Aldrick's house

with Aldrick and his mom

Since they prefer to have the family live nearby, his grandmother only lived next door. We met her and her pet dog. She just finished washing clothes and I noticed that she let the clothes under the sun for a while before rinsing. I remember my grandmother doing that. We call it "kinukula" in our our province.

with Aldrick's grandmother

After visiting his family, we passed the other way to the parking so we would see different views. There were beautiful flowers and we saw a big spider. He told me to take the picture in front of his palm so we can see how big it was.

Then we headed next to the beach where he wanted us to see the main source of living which is fishing. This is because Seychelles is surrounded by water.

fishermen at Seychelles

fresh fish sold on streets
just outside the beach

Aside from fishing, the tea factory was a source of living in Seychelles.

harvesting tea

They have a university and Seychelles. Students who are from the other islands usually stay in dormitories across the school.

University of Seychelles

what else we saw?
they eat fresh octopus with vinegar

very clean Seychelles

The last part of the trip that our tour guide Aldrick prepared was a meal at the beach. His wife, Lindey, prepared a beautifully cooked local Seychelles dishes. It was my first time to eat octopus and it was good. Like locals here, they finish the meal with a cup of warm lemon grass.

We are glad that we booked our private tour with Aldrick because we learned a bit more about Seychelles than if we booked our trip with the group tours.

fresh fish
my first octopus meal

warm cup of lemon grass

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