“Ki dil” or “whatsup” has become the boys’ Creole word of the day. But worry not, parents, they’re speaking French too!
This morning we awoke to another brilliant blue-skied day and, after breakfast, were collected by Jude and Cecile from the Seychelles Tourist Academy. Cecile and her team of hotel school students took turns guiding the boys in French and English (and a Creole word or two) through the South of the island. The boys have never looked more interested in culture and history…and we’re sure that had nothing to do with the fact that one of the guides, the lithe-limbed Gabrielle, was knock-out gorgeous! No coincidence, either, that the next phrase they asked for in Creole was “I love you” (mon kontan ou). Start preparing the lobola!
Anyway, luckily they learnt a thing or two…or so we hope. Cecile has promised (threatened) a quiz on the bus trip back so we’ll see.
Part of the tour was a visit to the incredible fish market, tucked away behind the winding alleyways and cobble stones of Victoria, where the boys interacted with the stall holders and took in the colours, smells and sensations that abounded.
They spoke to Christopher who has been selling fruit here all his life.
“I started coming there as a baby, with my parents who were selling at the market,” he said in his sing-song Creole-accented English. “And then when I was old enough, I started myself. My brothers and I all work here.”
He lifted a dreadlock and tucked it under his cap then started to slowly and meticulously sharpen his knife against a cement step. Once he was done, he started to open up the massive jack fruit in front of us, easing out one of the segments for us to taste. It was cool and sweet, a combination of pineapple and banana.
“But you have to eat bread fruit,” he called after us as we turned to leave. “Dey say if you eat bread fruit you will always come back to Seychelles.”
The bread fruit stall was, naturally, our next stop.
After the tour, which also included a visit to the Mission, a school built in the 1800s for the liberated slaves with a commanding view of the turquoise bay, we were hosted by the Academy to an incredible Creole spread.
They’re so impressed with us, they’re talking about setting up an exchange programme with local students. Watch this space for details!
Now it’s off for a tour of the University of Seychelles and more Creole lessons with Gabrielle! 😉