The following article was written by Michael Doherty who is currently in Mauritius with a group of students from Lancashire Law School.
On 27 February, 12 students of Lancashire Law School set out for an educational trip to Mauritius, accompanied by their tutor Michael Doherty. Some 17 hours later they arrived on the Paradise Island only to be met by Peter Kay. Peter is a Principal Lecturer of the Law School on secondment to Mauritius for a year, who kindly organised the tour schedule. The students will be blogging on their educational experiences of the tour, so this blog entry will confine itself to the cultural activities that took place over the weekend preceding the students’ week of work.
We stayed in the lovely resort of Flic-en-Flac and recovered from the flight by finding the beach and restaurants serving the local Creole food. Under the watchful eye of our driver, Mr Ally, we embarked on a cultural tour on the Sunday. Our first stop was at the dormant volcano crater at Trou aux Cerfs. While Mount Etna has little to worry about in the dramatic volcano league, this did give us our first real sight of the unique flora and fauna of Mauritius and beautiful views of the hills and West coast. We proceeded to the Hindu temple at Grand Basson, the most important temple on the island and site of a sacred lake. The temple was fascinating and the friendly worshippers explained the religious significance of the ceremonies and statues.
Some students extended their cultural horizons over lunch in the village Chamarel by ordering (and then trying to eat) crab or squid for the first time. After a trip to the geological features of the Seven Coloured Earth and Chamarel waterfall, which was enlivened by some aged, though still apparently amorous, tortoises, we returned via the Riviere Noire National Park.
The students have proved themselves to be excellent ambassadors for Lancashire Law School and worthy recipients of this fabulous opportunity. They represent LLB, Combined Honours, MLaw and Law & Languages programmes from different years including the part time programme. They come from diverse cultural backgrounds including Korean-Spanish, Jamaican-British, Indian-British, Pakistani-British, Irish-British, Australo-Franco-British and even students from Wigan and Warrington. They have worked hard to learn about the unique legal system and political culture of Mauritius and I hope you enjoy their updates from the week.