Going into the trip, we knew the first week was going to be a hectic one. Our first stop was going to be the shortest of any of our stops around the globe. We stayed in Europe for such a short time because we were using it as our ‘springboard’ to get to Africa. We found a great deal on a flight from Frankfurt to Mauritius and needed to plan the early part of the trip based on this information. Throw in the monkey wrench of the standby flight to Amsterdam, that left us with an 8 hour bus ride from Amsterdam to Frankfurt followed the next day by a 12 hour flight to the island of Mauritius.
Everything went according to plan except for one big problem: taking out cash in the Frankfurt train station, the ATM thought it would be a great idea to EAT MY CARD with a big flashing red X next to the notification that it was being retained. After calling all of my banks the week before and letting them know all of our upcoming locations, this really ticked me off. Thank goodness I have a backup, but really shouldn’t have happened. We will see how well customer service works 10,000 miles from Home.
Having arrived in Mauritius safely we are looking forward to relaxing on the beach for awhile and exploring the country’s only National Park later this week. More to come about Mauritius, along with a preview of one of the biggest highlights of our trip, the island of Madagascar.