Mauritius… A Dolphins Delight!

The second weekend in Mauritius was absolutely one of the greatest ever! Not only did I experience an amazing boat trip, I also snorkeled with wild dolphins in the open sea, barbecued on a small island called Île aux Benitiers and enjoyed a lot of sunshine with the coolest anthropology students! Just NOT too good to be true, because it was real and yes, every once in a while in life a dream comes true…

Happy are those who dream dreams and are willing to pay the price to make them come true? Yes, of course! I did pay to get access to this piece of paradise, but this boat trip actually only costed +/- 35 USD so not to bad at all for a heavenly experience! If you ever visit Mauritius, don’t forget to check out this amazing area called Le Morne (where you find the biggest cliffs), Île aux Benitiers (and its blue waters surrounding it), and the wild dolphins of course! But let me talk to you about my trip first to make you feel excited for it as well!

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Speed boats near Le Morne

Rule number 1: if you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up. And sometimes that means early! Especially when you want to see wild dolphins. Apparently they hang around the coast early in the morning, so our boat trip had to start at 8AM, and so we took a bus ride from Pointe aux Piments to La Gaulette, 55 km further on the west coast, so good for an hour and a half driving.

Rule number 2: if you want to spot wild dolphins, you better take a speed boat in stead of a catamaran, as it is much easier to spot the dolphins as they move fast, and you can follow them better. But… You have to be patient and lucky anyway, because nothing guarantees you that you will actually see them as they are wild dolphins, and Mauritius is not SeaWorld! 😉

It is indeed a very unique experience to spot these magnificent marine mammals in their natural habitat in Mauritius, especially in this wonderful scenery with great landscapes! And I must admit, I was very excited about this trip, but also a little bit stressed at the beginning, as I really hoped to see the dolphins, but it took about 3 times to jump in the water and snorkel while looking for them, before actually seeing one. But the fourth time our boat stopped and the captain shouted: “JUMP!” I saw not one dolphin passing by just underneath me, but at least twenty! I could not believe my eyes (my snorkels)… This marine underwater world was too remarkable and coming face to face with this wild dolphins was absolutely striking.

Of course it was difficult to focus both on photographing as on jumping in the water to swim with them, so I do not have good images of it. I did find a Youtube video about people who had a very similar experience during such a boat trip in the same area in Mauritius, and I must say that this video explains better than any of my stories how it felt to swim with those dolphins. Just watch it, and imagine you were there, because I wish you would have been… ❤

Oh my god… I still get goosebumps everytime I think about this unbelievable dolphin experience… But mostly because of a little crazy spiritual superstitious experience of myself… Well, a few years ago I had a dream. I was standing on a cliff near the sea, and I jumped a lot of meters down into the water. Of course, that would mean suicide in the real world, but in my dream I survived. Moreover, as soon as I was under water, my human body was gone, and my soul transformed its physical appearance in a dolphin. I started swimming very fast, I had never felt so free before in my entire life… Suddenly, I was swimming together with many other beautiful dolphins who looked just as happy as me, and I could feel how my whole body was full of energy, and how powerful my tale was while I was reaching a high level of speed in the ocean.

There came no end to the unlimited capacity of water, and so on. This dream was by far the greatest dream in my life, because it felt so real and natural, but at the same time it supposed to be very surreal, right? Well, the feeling that overwhelmed while I jumped off the boat and while I was swimming with those wild dolphins in Mauritius, was somehow familiar, as if I was coming home to dream I was dreaming years ago already. As if I had been here, doing this before already. Almost as if I was one of them, and my human body was trying to become one again, but my long capacity, and the limitations of my human legs brought me back to reality fast. In this life, I am not a dolphin! I am Julie! #expectation #reality

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Me, surrounded by blue water near the Crystal Rock

After snorkeling and swimming some more near the spectacular reefs of Mauritius, having some unforgettable views over Le Morne Mountain, and visiting the Chrystal Rock, it was noon fast, and time to head of to Île aux Benitiers, where a BBQ and wonderful meals were prepared by our boat staff ‘à la minute’ while we were enjoying some relaxation time: tanning on the beach, having a fresh coconut with rum, buying some souvenirs, and walking around the endless beach of this small island…

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The beach at Île aux Benitiers & magnificent view on the Le Morne Mountain

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Making friends with a Local Beach Hat Vendor

After spending more than 2 hours chilling and eating at the islet, we went for another few snorkel stops in a magnificent lagoon with shallow water. Did I mention already that Mauritius is almost entirely encircled by a coral reef? Well, then I don’t have to explain you why it is a superb snorkelling destination with many top spots to swim around! With a water temperature between 21 and 28°C, this island is a paradise for snorkellers and divers! And the waters around Le Morne offer some excellent visibility. However, I must admit that I was too tipsy from all those coconut-rums to focus on recognizing all the various species of fish, but hanging around the boat was a lot of fun!

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One of the Anthropology students found a Sea Urchin!

Well, and to all good things comes an end at a certain point, and so it did to this amazing excursion. In the late afternoon our boat returned to La Gaulette, where we spent the last hour at the beach before heading home for sunset. What can I say? This day was absolutely perfect! There was no where else in this world I wished to be, with no one else to have as companion, and even though I did not have everything, I felt the richest person on earth. Because yes, I can’t emphasize it enough: look at all this beauty… And confirm it: travel is the only thing that you can buy that makes you richer! ❤ And most importantly… Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true! So live simply, dream big, be grateful, give love, laugh lots… And I am sure that good things will come your way. So yes, some might say that karma is a bitch, but only if you are too! So be good, and good things will come your way…

x Carpe Diem x

From Julie with Love

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Dreaming. Why not?

The further away from home, the more home I feel.
Am I escaping reality, or am I just chasing dreams?
My life isn’t about destinations, it’s about the journeys.
I’m ready for the next step, not willing to settle. At all.

Julie

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Many of our dreams have been crushed

Through all the negativity and what society breeds in us

We’ve all asked our self can I become?

But if the question or dream seems to big to someone else

They tell you that it can’t be done

You must be joking that’s impossible

That only happens to the lucky few

But why can’t the lucky be you

So many people like to bring up the negative

But why don’t they take out the positive

When everyone says no

You must start to say yes

Whatever you believe

Then I’m 100% sure you will achieve

Whatever you want to be, ask yourself, can I?

My answer will always be why not

(Liam Francis)

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dream-quotes4Because the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams….

god has a bigger plan

  • 2012-2013: Studying Tourism in Belgium + Erasmus Spain
  • 2013-2014: Studying Tourism in Belgium + Internship South America + Graduating (Bachelor Degree)
  • 2014-2016: Erasmus Mundus EMTM: “European Master in Tourism Management”

2 years, 4 semesters, 4 universities, 4 destinations !!!

  1. Denmark, Kolding
  2. Slovenia, Ljubljana
  3. Spain, Gerona
  4. Denmark/Slovenia/Spain/China: Writing a Thesis

AND of course… A scholarship!!!  EMTM > more info

“All our dreams can come true… if we have the courage to pursue them.”

(Walt Disney)

A place to call home…

Where I will live the next 5 months… Some pictures:

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A (Faraway) place like this

I need an island in the sea,
Away from you away from me,
Beyond the waves beyond the wind,
Beyond the world that we live in,
Under skies of shining stars,
Away from lights and noisy cars,
Above the egos and the stress,
Beyond the world we made a mess.
A place for me a place for you,
An earth that’s green a sky that’s blue,
A place for you a place for me,
An open sky and light blue sea,
With dreams as solid as the ground,
A place like this I think I’ve found.
A happy thought no one can take it,
A place like this is where we make it.

I need a mountain in the sky,
Just beneath where angels fly,
Where snowflakes falling on the ground,
Is the most disruptive sound,
Above the waves above the wind,
Above the world that we live in,
Above my life above the stress,
Where I can lay it all to rest,
Under skies of falling snow,
Just above the world below,
Just above the trees and birds,
A place I can’t describe in words.

An empty place that’s so appealing,
How’d I get this stupid feeling?
Bad ideas come and go,
But none as potent as the snow,
I need no island in the sea,
Just the things that make me me.
I need no mountain in the sky,
Just to laugh try not to cry,
Forget these far off fantasies,
And manifest as realities,
Reach out and grab it in good time,
Seize the moment make it mine,
Catch the moment make it last.
Just be grateful when it’s past.

Sensations as real as the wind,
Try not to be sad when it ends.
A happy thought no one can take it,
A time like this is when we make it.
I need an island in the sea,
And all of that which makes me me.

Source: www.PoetryInNature.com

About Love & Purpose

Sometimes I just sit here and do nothing but thinking about what happened, happens and will happen. I realize that it’s my decision, my choice. But it ain’t always that easy to change or just stay. What’s the best for me for you for everybody? And especially … Am I making this world a better place? Isn’t that the most important topic in planning your future and your do’s and don’ts? I wonder what will be next but I wonder even more what I am going to do now. Sometimes life seems to take control and I feel unpowered of self-detachment and encourage. I need to be strong to fur fill every dream in my life but for now it’s even hard to find out what my dreams in life are. So if I don’t know what I really REALLY want, how can I know what to do and what’s best to do.

People always talk about purpose and the reason why you’re here. But I am here without a reason. And yes, there are things I really love to do but I wonder whether those are really what I have to do in life because they are just material dreams? I don’t think I’m born for a material dream . and when I go left I wonder why I didn’t go right and whether it is wrong or right. And oh no, time, is such a gift when it is large but most of the time I feel already hurried by finding the love of my life. Maybe because I desire too much.

I want to be free, I want to travel, I want to have enough money to make everything happen that happens in my mind, I wanna love and receive even more. To be able to give more than I already gave and I wanna be so happy and feel released of all teases and pains of the past but at last at least I need answers and security, I want to feel safe even though I am free to go wherever I want. Is it allowed to feel sorry for myself about my father? Is it allowed to care some regrets and hurting’s with me? I wonder why he left me over here without saying goodbye but that doesn’t withhold me from getting further, I think. Because probably it made me stronger than ever before, of course yes.

Where is this all leading to? This text, this life I’m leading, am I leading it however? Or is some higher power sending me on a path which I just walk and do I have to trust deeper en fuller? Yes; but I wanna decide a few things that destiny doesn’t seem to be responsible for. Sometimes I feel like given a little bit of space to change those plans from above a little bit to make it less boring or something like that. But those decisions are really thug! I really would love to be able to talk about it with someone, someone I don’t have? Maybe that’s another big topic in life, especially my life, making friends and being able to love them with all my heart. Making time for them without wanting to make advantages of them. Somehow I have the feeling I do sometimes. I cannot force myself into making new friendships or improving old ones but I desire to have a real good friend. Or a few, to be honest. And a lover that loves me more than my mum and dad ever did together. I am afraid I do not even know what real love is because I’m used to see people loving each other but actually needing each other for several reasons or fears. And I don’t want that in my life, but ending up alone, is that better than? Do I have to become more naïve and less realistic. Do I have to accept that life is pretending that love is true and that fears are stronger and that relationships are important. Well I try to find out, walking here alone.

Do you recognize the feeling of having everything you thought you needed and then sitting there, with everything that you thought you needed in your hands, and totally don’t know what to do with it, how to feel about it and wondering deeply why you ever thought you needed it? They say the way to the goal is more important than the goal but I wonder why people keep making goals. You know, I had the feeling of having it all, one day, I remember, I was in Curacao and having the most wonderful experiences of my life. I was so truly happy and fulfilled of joy and beauty around me. At that moment, I turned around to see whether I could share my completeness but there was nobody. And from that one moment to the other I realized that no money, success or beauty in the world could replace the value of love. Suddenly I felt more empty then complete and I realized how stupid I had been by thinking that materialism could fur fill my life. I realized and since then, never forgotten anymore, that balance is so important. You see that money means nothing when you cannot share it and that success leads you forward but when you end up high in the sky there’s no place to fall, you can only get stuck into a wall and look into the mirror to see things clearer. Love is such a valuable thing, so many people desire, so many people do need more love, just like me, and probably you. Do you feel surrounded by those millions? I really don’t, but I know a lot of them miss it too. So why, is it such an empty living? Let me just hope that that will change soon…

They say that if you start loving, love will find a way back to you. I try to love but I don’t know who I can love. I am afraid to love, my neighbor and my teacher and my dentist and my driver and my boss and my mum and … There are plenty of reasons that withhold me from loving but that are also plenty of reasons that make me desire for love. Maybe I should learn something from that. If my proud and ego are bigger than my opportunity to give love than I have two choices: accept that I can’t be loved or put my ego and proud aside to make place for love. Some things in life, you just cannot combine. That’s true, that’s easy. Oh god, there is so many wisdom in this world that I would like to discover J

And because I want to share a little bit of my wisdom with you, I want to ask you to be grateful for life, for living it, for the people who you’re living it with, for the places you’re living it in  and so on. Why? The best question of course in your whole life: because being thankful is very important in life. Why? Because feeling blessed in this world makes you love the world more, automatically. And if you start loving more, more love will find its way to your heart. So love deep, from your heart.

From Julie with Love

(Written 21 December 2010.)

Fuck it. Dream it. Live it.

Fuck it.
Fuck what all people say. Fuck what all people think.
Let me be me. Let you be you.

Why do I always let myself be influenced by others and especially by society?

Fuck right, fuck wrong.
Let’s make my own definition of life.
Hmm..

What about starting tomorrow, next week or next year?
Fuck it. I should’ve been started already.

“We all dream but only some wake up and work hard to make their dreams come true. Many times you’re discouraged by people around you telling you what you’re capable of doing and not and some might be harsh enough to make you feel unworthy of yourself.

When someone tells you that your dream will be impossible to come true, tell them you do not know what impossible is!

When someone laughs at your dream and says that you’re uneducated to achieve it tell them that many of the genius people who changed the world were also uneducated!

Always dream your dreams big and do everything you possibly can to make your dream come true! If you do not will to take the first step, you will never be able to climb up the staircase.” (squidoo.com)

Amen!!! 😉

Damn, I just realised I made a big mistake by choosing security above living my dream.
And damn, I did that too often already.
What about you? Do you dare to be honest with yourself admitting you did / do the same?
And even more, are you willing to change? Are you willing to give security up for your dreams?
How much are your dreams worth? Or are they only just a dream?

Think about it…