2 months of holidays come to an end and the kiddos are preparing their bags for tomorrow – back to school, year 4 and year 2 here we come! Also means mummy here gets back to writing on her blog!
Busy holidays with family and friends visiting from Europe and Singapore, a festive season with Christmas lunches, awesome foods, nice pressies and beautiful fireworks, trips around the island and a small family trip to La Reunion with the most awesome experience, a helicopter ride discovering hidden waterfalls, beautiful untouched forests and the most active volcan in the region, Le Piton de la Fournaise (might also be the only active one, haha – but it does erupt a couple of time a year – other volcanoes have been sleeping for some tens of thousand years). I’ll post about all this in the coming weeks.
A few posts about our previous trip to La Reunion can be found by clicking here!
Weather wise, we had the most beautiful month of December, however 2018 started with a first cyclone AVA that hit Madagascar on the 5th January, killing 29. AVA did not affect us directly but the rainfall both on Mauritius and Reunion Island was huge. Since yesterday the tropical storm BERGUITTA has made an entrance in our life with Rodrigues being in Cyclone Warning Class 3 since last night. Rodrigues is a small Mauritian island located a few hundred’s of Kilometres from us.
Predictions are still, well predictions – and no-one really knows how close BERGUITTA is going to come but the latest forecast from Metro France Reunion (the French Meteorological department specialised in cyclones) predicts something a bit too close for comfort. The American Typhoon Center (JTWC) predicts a hit on the Island, let’s hope they are wrong! So for now our life is going to evolve around the cyclone warnings. With Rodrigues being in Cyclone Warning Class 3, we have updates every 3 hours – BERGUITTA should become a cyclone sometime between tonight and tomorrow morning and we should know more about our situation tomorrow night or Tuesday morning.
People here are starting to prepare for the arrival of BERGUITTA – taking in all objects that could potentially fly, securing windows and stocking up on foods and water. The poorer part of the population, still living in houses made out of metal sheets can only pray that their house will survive.
This is the least fun part about living in the tropics.