Boudoute

Boudoute

Welcome to Rodrigues !

Lunch is ready !

Today, I invite you to taste roti breads, octopus, papaya coconut pie, stir-fried noodles (again !) and delicious grilled fish !

Serve it with flavored rum and then you are ready to be introduced to this quiet island where life is good and so is food. Rodrigues island, with goats and cows everywhere, had me on its soil very early in November !

Tea time ?

Help yourself to a big boudoute ! A gingerbread-colored sweet specialty. This quite thick (!) cookie will stick to your ribs if you’re willing to cross the island on foot.

11 miles long and 5 miles wide

And you wonder whether it wouldn’t be a bit foolish to stay there a whole month ? Trails where turquoise lagoons are almost always within sight, spiders dancing in the wind between electric wires throughout my walks, hens galloping from one garden to another and the smile of leisurely walking Rodriguans… trankil… Lucky me, I’m here for a month !

Especially since my buddies Laetitia, Pauline, Héloïse and Jean-Philippe had been here for a short week (crazy guys !) and between Jenny’s crepes, turquoise sea bathing, hammock naps, meditation with Suniti, a giant zip line, strolls at Port Mathurin market, doing the dishes, dancing on the bus (hold on tight anyway), between all this I still help Laetitia in her Laetibijoux work: on holidays but always willing to forge new bonds. All that was missing to complete the tableau was Mario and TV !

All of it, FREEDOM FREEDOM, Douf would say !

Finished off your boudoute already ?

Too bad, I was about to tell you about the prehistoric Wi-Fi, the launch of optical fiber, my immersing in HTML code to update Jenny’s website, my helping female entrepreneurs to design business cards and a Facebook page (when all of a sudden, you’re able to connect to the Internet !), the bathroom walls suddenly covered with thousands of giant ants, Pauline and her lobster Jocelyne, Jean-Philippe surviving the endless provocative conversations with women not exactly the prude kind, rambles (has anyone got lost in Rodrigues ?), Douf and his mysteries, my first house, my first room above a bar, flavored rum at Janette’s – and Héloïse saving me from getting drunk –, Lindsey and his papayas, the appointment with the police deputy chief, and Kiran’s amazing massage !

Have another piece of coconut papaya pie

I could tell you how I maneuvered the good old pickup without power steering. The truck belonged to Marie-France, a newly qualified driver having a hard time with the night driving and the turns. “Mum ! Turn ! Turn ! Yes ! Mom, Mom, turn now !”

But “be trankil, what happens in Rodrigues stays in Rodrigues !”

OK then, tomorrow for your lunch, I will go and catch you an octopus and barbecue it, right ? We’ll meet at Pointe Coton Beach and camp in a hammock ? See ? I couldn’t stay one week only !

I’ll take you dance with my buddies and Rodriguans ! (click on the vidéo link below)

Featuring Laetitia B., Pauline R, Héloise, Jean-Philippe, Marie-Lou A., Diocése, Doris, Lyndsey, Loriane, Kimberley, Kathlyn, Rodriguans businesswomen, Jean-Luc Casimir and his son, Mr Soupe, Ken, Carlos, Eléa, Adrien, Koki, Alberto … Thanks !

Thanks to Corinne B. who kindly translated this post.

En bonus

I’ll take you dance with my buddies and Rodriguans and you can learn more about Mario and TV in Rodriguan businesswomen post !

Featuring Laetitia B., Pauline R, Héloise, Jean-Philippe, Marie-Lou A., Diocése, Doris, Lyndsey, Loriane, Kimberley, Kathlyn, Rodriguans businesswomen, Jean-Luc Casimir and his son, Mr Soupe, Ken, Carlos, Eléa, Adrien, Koki, Alberto … Thanks !

Laetitia Bizard créatrice de bijoux fondatrice de Laeti-Bijoux profite de ce voyage pour créer des liens, proposer des échanges de savoir-faire et partager sa créativité avec les Rodriguaises. Membre du bureau de l’association Défis de Femmes, c’est aussi l’occasion pour elle de rencontrer les femmes entrepreneuses membre de l’association EFOI Rodrigues dans le but de créer des échanges entres les iles sœurs de l’archipel de Mascareignes.

Pour Pauline Raynaud pâtissière fondatrice de Gatoo Lé La et membre de Défis de Femmes c’est l’opportunité de partager des recettes et d’apprendre la fameuse tourte papaye coco !

Marie-Louise Augustin nous présentera les femmes entrepreneuses du marché de Port Mathurin et nous expliquera la situation de ses femmes dans la création de leurs entreprises.

Ensemble nous organisons une rencontre le vendredi 16 novembre au centre du camp du Roi à Port Mathurin. Il ne restait plus qu’un auto-stop improvisé pour transformer cette rencontre en reportage ! Mario, présentateur télé, qui nous épargnera d’un petit kilomètre de marche dans le noir, se joint au rendez-vous pour des interviews diffusées ce 18 novembre sur MBC Radio TV Rodrigues(Replay à 7:25 min)

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