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MAURITIUS! [Nov. 19th, 2005|02:14 pm]
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MAURITIUS!


MAURITIUS!


MAURITIUS! MAURITIUS! MAURITIUS!


MAURITIUS! MAURITIUS! MAURITIUS! MAURITIUS! MAURITIUS!


MAURITIUSSSSSSS!!!

Okay, I'll stop doing that.

Things I didn't take pictures of in Mauritius:
Coral. Coral that look like button mushroom caps. Coral that look like frilly maitake mushrooms. Coral that look like giant cabbage, or a rose. Coral that look like a Christmas tree. Coral that look like shrubbery. Coral that look like deer antlers. Coral that looks like a brain. Coral that glows blue at the tips. Coral that is pinker than pink. Coral that is flat as a table top. Coral that looks like murano glass. Coral that look like french fries. Coral that look like DNA.

(All coral, regardless of shape or color, resembles plants. They're not plants. Why do they look like flowers, grasses, trees, fungi? A field of dandelions dwarfing a mastadon boneyard, and other disturbing anomalies of scale.)

Fish. Fish that look like alligators, fish that look like birds, fish that look a little like zebras. Fish that look a lot like zebras. Fish that look like tigers, devouring coral that look like a deer. Fish that remind you of grovelers in a petting zoo. Fish that glow. Fish that have big eyes on top of their heads. Fish that have big eyes balanced on top of their backs. Fish with eyes painted on their tails. Fish that look like dogs. Fish that look like fish. Fish you can't describe. Fish that funnel around each other in an open space, like tornadoes on a plain. Fish that stare back at you. Purple fish, stripey fish, fish in pashmina shawls, little orange fish, GREAT! BIG! ORANGE FISH! Very tiny versions of other fish, really huge versions of the same fish, loner fish, multitudes of like fish, schools of mismatched fish.

Anemones. Always observed with clownfish. Just like in science textbooks!
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From: cortezthekiller
2005-11-19 05:41 am (UTC)

...again, beautiful!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-11-19 05:56 am (UTC)
It was. *sigh*

And thanks!
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[User Picture]From: etherealmommy
2005-11-19 06:32 am (UTC)
You should
make
a song out of this
coral and fish
coral and fish

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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-11-19 06:35 am (UTC)
I think you just wrote the first verse =)
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[User Picture]From: razormaid
2005-11-19 06:34 am (UTC)
I want to go there! What a gorgeous place... it reminds me a bit of Phuket, Thailand, though it seems like it might be more lush, even. So hey, when can we come visit you? =)
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-11-19 06:37 am (UTC)
You can visit anytime. Any time.

I would really like to go to Phuket. I suspect it might be a close race for lushness. Definitely gorgeous, though.

I was supposed to go to nasty, wintery New York, and when I was just about to pack my suitcase, I called this number to check if the flight is on time (etc) and the disembodied voice told me I was going to Mauritius instead. It was rad.
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[User Picture]From: razormaid
2005-11-19 07:43 am (UTC)
Oh, how I would love to book a flight right now...

Phuket got hit pretty hard by the tsunami, so I wonder what it looks like now. I don't know how much of the island was natural and how much was landscaped/planned by the tourism industry, you know? In my mind, it will always be the image that is attached to the word 'paradise'.

You must have felt like you won the lottery when you heard where you were going! Woohoo!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-11-19 10:51 pm (UTC)
I was pretty thrilled, even though it is the shortest layover we do - 13 hours. I definitely plan to go back, when I'm not exhausted from work. I didn't sleep enough while I was there, and the flights were strenuous, so when I got back to Dubai I slept for, like, 16 hours.
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[User Picture]From: mcgillianaire
2005-11-19 01:23 pm (UTC)
wow, mauritius! envy!

it looks so calm
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-11-20 11:27 am (UTC)
It was, especially the sea - the only ripples were from the jetskiers and kite surfers.
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