Saturday, 28 September 2013


I'm having one of those emotional days where I'm reminiscing about my time in Seychelles. It's funny, I don't really miss the places that much. It's more the people. I met some amazing people whilst out there and whilst I'm completely happy in my new job and love my new life as a father, today is one of those days that I long for a little bit of the past. In a way I long for utopia.

I told my wife about how I was feeling and I missed one person on the islands in particular, Big K one of the skippers on A's boats. He was such a kind man that gave us so much. For a leaving present, he took me for an exclusive stay on Grande Soeur, one the sister islands.


I trawled with his brother on the way over to the island and despite rough seas, we caught 3 bonito's with just a line attached to a stick! Skipper K cooked it for dinner that night and we ate fresh Carpacio and toast for breakfast. It was the perfect end to this chapter of my life.


Of course there are other people that I miss; I miss my old Captain M and Boatswain M. On the odd Fridays I think about Boatswain M making the routine visit to Organibar. I'm shocked I don't have any pictures of the fine produce from our favourite Praslinois takeaway. I also think about how some of my old students are doing. Having discussed this with my wife, we both agreed that we'd love to return to Praslin in 2014, most probably in the summer. Our young boy should be walking by then so that should make things easier. It is kind of his second-home too.

Inspired by my wife's work, which was inspired by Eduardo Galeano, I leave you with this quote:

“Utopia is on the horizon. I move two steps closer; it moves two steps further away. I walk another ten steps and the horizon runs ten steps further away. As much as I may walk, I'll never reach it. So what's the point of utopia? The point is this: to keep walking.” 


  1. Good morning, how are you?

    My name is Emilio, I am a Spanish boy and I live in a town near to Madrid. I am a very interested person in knowing things so different as the culture, the way of life of the inhabitants of our planet, the fauna, the flora, and the landscapes of all the countries of the world etc. in summary, I am a person that enjoys traveling, learning and respecting people's diversity from all over the world.

    I would love to travel and meet in person all the aspects above mentioned, but unfortunately as this is very expensive and my purchasing power is quite small, so I devised a way to travel with the imagination in every corner of our planet. A few years ago I started a collection of used stamps because trough them, you can see pictures about fauna, flora, monuments, landscapes etc. from all the countries. As every day is more and more difficult to get stamps, some years ago I started a new collection in order to get traditional letters addressed to me in which my goal was to get at least 1 letter from each country in the world. This modest goal is feasible to reach in the most part of countries, but unfortunately, it is impossible to achieve in other various territories for several reasons, either because they are very small countries with very few population, either because they are countries at war, either because they are countries with extreme poverty or because for whatever reason the postal system is not functioning properly.

    For all this, I would ask you one small favor:
    Would you be so kind as to send me a letter by traditional mail from Seychelles? I understand perfectly that you think that your blog is not the appropriate place to ask this, and even, is very probably that you ignore my letter, but I would call your attention to the difficulty involved in getting a letter from that country, and also I don’t know anyone neither where to write in Seychelles in order to increase my collection. a letter for me is like a little souvenir, like if I have had visited that territory with my imagination and at same time, the arrival of the letters from a country is a sign of peace and normality and an original way to promote a country in the world. My postal address is the following one:

    Emilio Fernandez Esteban
    Avenida Juan de la Cierva, 44
    28902 Getafe (Madrid)

    If you wish, you can visit my blog where you can see the pictures of all the letters that I have received from whole World.

    Finally, I would like to thank the attention given to this letter, and whether you can help me or not, I send my best wishes for peace, health and happiness for you, your family and all your dear beings.

    Yours Sincerely

    Emilio Fernandez


  2. My name is Joe Pinzone and I'm casting an international travel show about expats moving abroad. We'd love to film in Seychelles and wanted to know if you could help us find expats who have moved there within the last 15 months or have been there for 3-4 years, but recently moved into a new home. The show documents their move to a new country and will place the country in fabulous light. The contributors on the show would also receive monetary compensation if they are filmed. If you'd like more information, please give me a call at 212-231-7716 or skype me at joefromnyc. You can also email me at Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Joe Pinzone
    Casting Producer
    P: 212-231-7716
    Skype: Joefromnyc