Mademoiselle Nomad

a blog for lovers of slow travel & nomad life

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Accommodation in Mauritius: Shandrani Resort & Spa – Beachcomber

I was so excited when I finally hopped on the plane for Mauritius. I pictured blissful days at the beach, sand in between my toes, tropical fruits…

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Things I do since living in Cape Town – an expat’s view

Cape Town is a beautiful and cosmopolitan city where people value quality of life over how much wealth you can acquire. For that reason, if…

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Top 10 culture shock living as an expat in Dubai

I lived in the UAE for 3 years and 2 months. More precisely, in the city that never sleeps: Dubai. Dubai is one of the…

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My cats – what I miss the most on my nomadic journey

I adopted these two furry balls of cuteness – The Royal Kittens. Or so I thought, until I realized they were the ones who adopted me. Cats are a different sort of species altogether, really. They come with baggage. And you have to accept them and take them all in, quirks and all. In my case, I took them in with fleas, bruises, little fur and acute anxiety. They were

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A short lesson in Mauritian Creole – part two – Romantic compliments & phrases

Mauritian Creole – a short lesson My dear readers, by popular demand the Mauritian creole lesson makes its comeback. To be honest, I never thought my short creole lesson would have that much positive feedback from you. I’m pleased to know that I can help you interact more with your Mauritian partner. This one is for you dear reader who emailed me (you know who you are!). In this second part of

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The art of saying goodbye – how to arrange a farewell

Saying goodbye Whether you’re a nomad, a traveller or an expat, you’ll certainly be faced with that moment where you are leaving the country you’re in for another. Saying goodbye is not easy for most of us. In fact, there’s nothing pleasant about it, when you think of it. What’s great about saying goodbye to people who have become your family, your confidants, your allies in all kinds of weather

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It’s great being a nomad, but what about love?

I have been pondering more and more about the meaning of love in the context of being a digital nomad. Or being a nomad, period. As a nomad, you get to feast your eyes on gorgeous sights and landscape around the world. You enjoy being wined and dined under the stars, by the beach, in a mountain chalet with some of the world’s most delectable dishes. You meet amazing people,

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Review – Eau Thermale Avène Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum

As much as I enjoy slow-travelling while working on my computer, this lifestyle can wreck my skin! Lately, my skin has been feeling dry to the touch, with a dull complexion and I have been looking to revive it somehow. Even though I try to drink as much water as possible to keep myself hydrated, my skin is feeling the damaging effects of wind, sun, marine air and thus unavoidable dehydration. Working a lot

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50 lessons travelling as a solo female nomad taught me

With my strong desire to explore what was beyond the beautiful lagoon of Mauritius island, I set off to travel solo and discover the world on my terms. My first solo trip was aged 16, when I went to visit relatives in Reunion Island. Despite the fact that this was a short plane trip from Mauritius, my life was forever changed after that. It had definitely been more than a holiday for me. It had been transformative

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The reality of coming back home after being a solo female nomad

Before I set about to return to my home country, the island on which I was born, I had to prepare myself psychologically. While being nomadic is fascinating and exhilarating, the return to your home country entails a good dose of feeling misunderstood and suffering from post-trip depression. The first time I returned home after three years of living overseas, I came back to a shock – I had lost my

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It’s my birthday! (I mean, that of my slow travel blog)

It’s the birthday of my slow travel blog! Not a cheesy person by nature, I completely forgot about it, until I did a check on my domain tonight (what are the chances?) and realized that I purchased it exactly two years ago. I’m terrible at dates and if it wasn’t for Facebook, I would probably not remember my friends’ birthdays (or my own, for that matter). I therefore love how life

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Weekend Getaway: My travel essentials for the beach

As an island girl, I do need beach therapy often. Being by the ocean has this calming effect on me. It comforts my soul, brings rest to my mind and leaves me feeling relaxed. So relaxed that I often feel sleepy after spending time at the beach! Have you ever felt this way too? The marine air contains ions which helps in the production of serotonin, thus making and keeping

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