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» 01 Jun 2015

My name is Jordan McKenzie and I have spent a great deal of my life traveling. I now live in Curepipe Mauritius and I have been in Mauritius for the past 6 years.

It has taken time but I believe I have finally grown accustomed to the lifestyle and culture of Mauritius. Having had the opportunity to travel I learnt many things. One of the most important in my eyes is that “Change is always a constant” and the expression “change is as good as a holiday” can only even be true if we embrace change and not shy away from it. It is so easy to be affected by culture shock and this can make or break our lifestyle. I am so fortunate to have learnt the importance of cultural intelligence. It is through this skill that I have learnt to love Mauritius especially the Faratas and dholl puris. At the end of the day we are all different, coming from different backgrounds and walks of life and having faced different experiences good and bad, but all these form our character if we let them. So why not learn to love change. I am originally from Harare, Zimbabwe although I have traveled and lived in the UK, United States and France whilst visiting many more countries, and I am now glad to call

Mauritius my home. Mauritius reminds me so much of Africa, but only greener and safer. Mauritius as first was tough for me as I was so claustrophobic and conscious that the island is so very small. Although now I have seen the beauty Mauritius has to offer. One sure thing is that I have learnt that family is one’s best asset. I am very grateful for the unconditional love that I get from my family. I most definitely would not be where I am today without them. When it comes to work I stand by the saying “All work and no play makes jack a dull boy “. One thing is a must and that is you must love what you do and give 100% of your effort to it and more importantly exercise! Get out, explore the tropical island you live on and call home. So become a tourist and visit see and explore new foods, different views broadening your perspective of this outstanding island.

Having done this myself I have found the beauty of this island which I would have never known about if I had sat at home. Work is very important this is sure but happiness and hope for a better future is a must. In the words of Benjamin Franklin “Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.” I work in the south of Mauritius for Incentive Partners more precisely Domaine de Chazal where I am the Marketing and Development Manager. Every day I meet new people and learn new things, more importantly I get to discover Mauritius in her beautiful splendor. I believe it is so important to love what you do, not only are you more effective and efficient but you are happy. I strive to give as much help and support as I can to people that most need it. There are many homeless shelters and orphanages with people who live their lives in distress and devoid of any hope. I believe by supporting and taking care of these people, we benefit more as there is more joy in giving than receiving. It is so funny to reminisce my first few days in Mauritius. As I never saw the beach for the first 6 months and I was getting depressed with the constant rainy weather in Curepipe. However, once I started exploring this tropical island, I was amazed. In my opinion you have what it takes to make life in Mauritius interesting. Discovering the hospitality and kindness of the Mauritian people and overcoming their interesting methods of driving is just the beginning. If I can leave you with one thing - It is to get active, learn, explore and live Mauritius to the fullest.

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