Thursday, November 13, 2014

Paradise Update

So it's been a while since my last update...

I've been here for almost 7 weeks and can tell you that Réunion has not disappointed. I'm thoroghly enjoying myself here and have adjusted pretty well. There's a few things I miss, like soft towels that were dried in a dryer (especially with dryer sheets or fabric softener- I now appreciate this so much more) and burritos.  There are a few things I have really come to appreciate like screens on my window and automatic cars and a few disappointments like the fact that the toilets spin in the same direction. But overall everything that exists in the States exists here, although it costs a lot more for some of the recognizable brands and I have all the first world comforts I've come to expect on a beautiful tropical island. The people are nice, the food is good, the geography is diverse (as well as the people), the weather is warm, the life is slow and relaxed. 

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so rather than making you read about how amazing it's here and all the things I've done here's a recap of the last 5 weeks in pictures.

The Grand Raid Start in St Pierre 10/23/14

Banana Trees!!

A Creole Lunch Feast 10/31/14

Bassin des Aigrettes

Dennis' Palm Tree Hat

The Savannah of Réunion, no Simba :(

Coeur du Boeuf (Beef Heart) Fruit- tastes like cheese cake!

The Rain Forest of Réunion- Foret du Bon Accueil

My new friend in St Paul

Paraglider in the Sunset of St Leu (View from our backyard!)

The countryside/mountains!

Le Volcan!!  Piton de la Fournaise 11/4/14 

Two summits in one day!!  Piton de la Fournaise and the older Crater Rivals/Chateau Fort

Someone couldn't make it all the way, so the helicopter arrived

Pahoehoe Flow

Bassin 18 & Manapany 11/11/14

Paratroopers opening up in front of us as we're driving down the highway!

A bientot! 

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