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by Marianne “Bonjour!” I say to my neighbor, Luciana. “Bonsoir!” she replies. It’s only 2:30 in the afternoon. Why was she saying “good evening?” While it surprised me during first few days of my stay in Guadeloupe, I’ve since gotten used to it: if it’s after noon in Guadeloupe, I know to greet folks with bonsoir instead of bonjour. When I first arrived, I wasn’t sure what to do with myself. I was constantly comparing...
This is generally one of the first questions I am asked when people find out I speak French. They seem surprised I didn’t choose a more common language in my area, like Spanish. They are even more surprised by my answer - “Because I’m Lebanese.”
On an island where more than 80% of the population lives within 30 minutes of the coast, I had an incredible opportunity to visit the less-developed interior of the island: Mafate. Here there are small towns, but no cars, no roads, and very limited services. Everyone has to get around by foot or by horseback, and foods and goods are helicoptered in on a daily basis. Here is the story of my adventure into the center of La Réunion.