I’ve written before about how one of the definite highlights of expat life in the Seychelles is getting to go on boat trips!
Well we recently got to indulge in just that.
It’s been a little while since we’ve done a boat trip. The longest time Arthur has been on a boat is an hour and Freddie, at only 3 months old had obviously never been on one! This was the perfect opportunity to be able to go with the kids.
So, every year the school hosts an annual dinner dance and auction. One of the travel company’s always donates an outing on a big amazing catamaran. Last year it was won by a man who donated it to the PTA as a way to help raise some more money for the school.
This meant that for a few hundred rupees (about £20) me, Mark and the boys were able to spend an amazing full day out on the boat.
The catamaran is truly amazing with a large indoor area. This was perfect for Freddie as it meant we could keep him out of the sun! It ended up being great for us all in the end as we did have a couple of rain showers while we were out!
When we got on the boat Arthur was at first a little unsure, until he realised that he could jump on the trampoline things at the front (yeah, that’s the technical term for those bits….) then he was delighted!!
There was about 50 people from the school out with us. It was such a great day. I’ve only included pics where you can’t really see anyone else in, just purely because they might not wish to be included on my blog!!
Freddie was amazing all day. We very nearly didn’t go on the trip as we were worried about being out on the boat all day, but as I mentioned before there was a big indoor area and that was what made us decide to come. We needn’t have worried anyway, he was so good. Everyone was loving getting Freddie cuddles, and he was delighted to be getting lots of attention! We kept him inside a lot of the day but did get him out when it clouded over and cooled off a little towards the end of the day.
We sailed around stopping off at different islands and beaches for lots of swimming and jumping off the boat. Arthur loved getting in!! He was a little nervous getting too far away from the boat but he did amazingly well for such a little guy! He thought it was great that the steps went right into the water. We didn’t get any pics of us in the water, we were too busy having fun!
The boat was out 9-5 and Arthur did not stop the whole day. We didn’t stress about him not having a nap, he was having so much fun and he was so well behaved!
As always when out on a boat you get some pretty amazing views
I really like this picture of Mark and I, was so sad that there was water on the lens!
I couldn’t believe it when we pulled back up to the jetty. The day had gone so fast, it was amazing. The weather had been a little all over the place, but that worked for us, it meant it wasn’t too hot and we didn’t get burned! Arthur crashed out in the car on the way home, which then resulted in him not actually going to sleep till about 10pm, not ideal, BUT that was a small price to pay for an amazing day out. Days like this where we are reminded of what an amazing place we live in! There are of course hard days, and days where things get on our nerves about here, but getting to go out on a boat like this with our kids is so incredible!!
Since Koopa got introduced to the beach on his first walk we’ve been loving taking him there! It’s becoming a real special time for us all.
We jumped in the car one day last week and drove down the road to a beach near to where we used to live.
It was the end of the day, it was cooling down outside and the beach was lovely. Mark had Freddie in the wrap and off we went!
Arthur and Koopa are so cute, they were off in their own little world exploring together.
How cute is this picture of Arthur’s footprints and Koopa’s paw prints in the sand!
Along the way Arthur stopped to throw some stones into the Ocean, definitely one of his favourite things to do!
We walked until we found some trees that had fallen down.
We had so much fun playing around, climbing running and hiding in them.
Arthur thought it was great and Koopa did too! It was lots of fun watching the two of them chasing each other around, enjoying each other’s company.
We were having such a lovely time that we hadn’t realised it was way past Arthur’s dinner time and we had to head home.
Of course when a small boy is having so much fun, just going home is not always as easy as all that!!
Our little master of distractions found anything to take as long as possible to get home!! He threw stones and seaweed into the sea, splashed around and generally just slowed right down to do anything but go home.
The thing is, he looks so cute while he’s doing it, it’s pretty hard to get angry!
In the end the only thing for it was a mama piggy back!!
It became one of those magic moments. Those unplanned, simple yet oh so beautiful moments. The ones where we sit back and think yep, that’s why we live here!! This is definitely a special place for us now and a lovely place to go for a family walk.
Surely one of the best bits about having a dog is taking it out for a walk! We were super excited about taking Koopa for his first walk!
We bought a little harness and lead for him from a shop near by, weird that they sell them really as generally people don’t walk their dogs, they just kinda roam around free!
Anyway, we adjusted the harness to the smallest position, it was still a little big for our little guy, and got ready to go!
I was expecting him to fight it but he seemed more than happy on his lead!!
Unfortunately Arthur had woken up from his nap n a bit of a grump. We probably should have waited for him to cheer up a bit but we figured seeing Koopa out with us would do the trick.
We walked to the part of the beach closest to us, it takes about a minute. It’s not the most amazing beach but ideal for a walk especially since it’s so close. Arthur insisted on being carried, thanks to his grumpy mood so I was thankful it wasn’t far to go either, Mark had Freddie in the wrap.
Once we got onto the beach it didn’t take Arthur too long to cheer up. The beach is definitely this boy’s happy place. He was delighted that Koopa was with us too!
Koopa was a little nervous at first. He stuck very close to us and was having a good old sniff around.
He was definitely enjoying it though.
Rather annoyingly my camera ran out of battery after a couple of minutes down on the beach. We didn’t stay too long anyway, it was more about introducing Koopa to the beach!!
We were really happy to have carried out the first of hopefully very many beach walks with the boys and Koopa!
It can be easy, even here, to pass a day without spending enough time outside so little Koopa will always be a perfect excuse to get out and get some fresh air down on the beach.
With Mark having finished work and being on major countdown to going to Mahe and then the arrival of the baby, we wanted to make sure we got in lots of wonderful family time before everything got crazy!
We’ve had lots of time at the beach, swimming in the ocean, playing in the garden and generally just spending time together. It has really been lovely!
My favorite afternoon so far though has been when we went for lunch at a gorgeous hotel and then had some pool time! As cheesy at it is it really was a perfect afternoon!
Having access to lovely hotels is definitely a HUGE perk of expat life in Seychelles. We have pools we go to often and get a drink and go for a swim but sometimes it’s nice to go for lunch and make a whole afternoon of it!
We got Arthur dressed up in a cute little shirt and off we went!
I’m not really one for taking pictures so there aren’t any, you’ll just have to take my word on that one! Arthur did lots of exploring while we ordered and waited for our food to arrive. Mark kept him company while I sat back and relaxed!
After lunch we found a spot by the pool and hung out there! This pool is built around rocks in three layers, it’s gorgeous.
Last time we went Arthur was really interested in the waterfall area and we spent lots of time looking at it.
This time around, looking wasn’t enough and he had to get involved!!
I think that the rocks there are actually artificial they are not smooth at all. I guess this is to keep people from wanting to sit or stand on it as they are quite prickly (ooops Arthur ignored that!), or to make sure they aren’t slippery if you do…let’s go with that!
This was one of those afternoons where everything just seemed amazing! Arthur was in a great mood, he was so well behaved! We had a yummy lunch, spent some lovely time together, it felt like we were on holiday!
So nice to have a little bit of calm before the storm, all be it that the storm will come in the form of a teeny tiny baby boy!!
The Seychelles is a really beautiful place and there is lots to see and do! One of the biggest draws for visitors is of course the Ocean!
Not only is it BEAUTIFUL, it’s warm all year round, and it’s home to some amazing creatures!
So what’s the best way to see this underwater world?
Of course it’s lovely to see it from the beach, but if you REALLY want to see it you’re going to want to get in and explore!!
This infographic is all about Snorkelling vs Scuba Diving in Seychelles. Check it out, this should help you make your decision! Or perhaps it will make you want to do both!!
Raffles Praslin Seychelles
So what do you think? Both are pretty appealing aren’t they!?
I personally prefer Scuba Diving but it’s not for everyone!
*I just want to confirm that I’ve not been paid or compensated in anyway for this post*
This weekend, as we often do, we took a trip to the beach. Just a couple of hours sat under a tree in the shade. Enjoying watching people go by and the waves crashing.
It wasn’t a day that Arthur could swim really, so instead we played in the sand.
We built sandcastles.
Well I say we built sandcastles. What I mean is Mark built sandcastles, Arthur took unbelievable delight in smashing them down and demanding more, and I sat there laughing at them both!!
This was the first time Arthur has shown such an interest in sandcastles (well, at least the destruction of them!). He’s smashed a couple before but this time he was literally squealing with delight about it! I think he would have had Mark build sandcastles for the rest of the day if he could!!
To me, playing in the sand and building sandcastles is one of the best childhood memories for a kid! Such simple, yet endless fun!!
The beach we were at is called Anse Lazio, it’s actually the furthest beach for us to drive to on our island (takes about 30 mins) but I love the fact that you can sit under the shade there at any time of day. It makes it perfect for Arthur to run around without the worry of him burning!
This is how our ‘Seychelles time’ looks with an 18 month old! I know it’s super cheesy, but, it was one of those ‘ordinary’ moments that was exactly how I dreamed our life would be as expat parents!
Joining Jamie for Magic Moments
An expat Christmas
This year will be our 3rd Christmas as expats, and our second as parents!
Last year was obviously special as it was Arthur’s first Christmas and we made a big of a deal as we could by doing a big British Christmas dinner with our closest friends. However, as much as we love living in the Seychelles (and we really do!), we can’t help but find Christmas a bit of an anti climax. Hearing Rudolph the red nose reindeer and Santa Clause is coming to town just doesn’t seem right on a tropical island!!!
But this year, we are doing something a bit different and heading to Sri Lanka.
With this in mind our parents have sent our Christmas presents out early to us. So we could have our Christmas early, truly an expat Christmas.
Now, we have fallen out of love with the postal system here of late. When we first moved here it would take 10 working days for post to arrive with Royal Mail. Now we are lucky if it gets here within a month.
My parents sent stuff over with plenty of time and two packages have yet to arrive. To give credit to the Seychelles Postal system we’ve never had anything not turn up….one package took 6 months, but it still got here.
Mark’s sister works for a big courier company and so his family sent stuff with them. We had a phone call a couple days later to say it had been seized by Seychelles customs office. We are now dealing with a clearing agent to get that….I guess chocolate and Christmas presents for a 18month old is pretty serious stuff to be sending!!!!
As our internet allowance here is pretty restricted…..9GB/month we live for the weekends skyping our families. We get an additional 2.5GB internet to use each weekend!
So with us leaving for Sri Lanka on Saturday (13th) we arranged for our expat Christmas Skype with my family to be this Saturday just gone.
We arranged our time to fit in with everyone and Mark, Arthur and I sat on our bed with our presents chatting to my Mum, Dad, Brother and the dog. To me it felt just as good as our previous two Christmases here!! Just as much excitement and fun!
I’m hoping we can get our remaining packages this week before we go and go wild and do mid week video Skypes to our families before we go, if not it will be something to look forward to when we are back!!
My parents have sent a couple things for us to take away to open on Christmas Day so we still can make some kind of event of the real thing!
The hotel we are staying at is also putting on some kind of big special dinner too so that should be fun!
Mark and I have decided to buy presents for each other when we are in Sri Lanka. Just small things, again to have something to open!
Arthur will have his Christmas present from us when we are back, we are having an easel made for him while we are gone!!
To me this whole thing kind of sums up being an expat.
Having Christmas at the beginning of December via Skype and then off seeing the world for the big day itself!!