It is sad to me that ruadventures is 95% political / nation bashing now. Why would someone want to come here regularly to read and converse about "RU Adventures"? I realize that covid caused much less travel and international dating and now the war in Ukraine has made it very difficult and expensive to date a FSU woman, but surely there are still people doing it.
At any rate, I want to share my experience meeting my Moscow based girlfriend in Mauritius.
We have been dating since July of 2020. We have met in Athens, Dominican Republic, Moscow, Dubai, Moscow again, Turkey and now Mauritius. We clearly like each other.
We met in Mauritius because that was the fastest appointment we could get for a tourist visa interview. Also, recent cases have seen a good approval percentage so we decided to meet there.
I’m always up for a trip to a tropical island, but I wasn’t looking forward to the 30 hour travel time. Plus, tickets were expensive. But if it resulted in a US visa, it would be worth it. We knew all along that we might be denied, but if that happened we still would have the experience of being together and enjoying a great destination.
Mauritius is very interesting. It was both a French colony as well as an English colony. They drive on the left hand side of the road, a lot of people speak both French and English. It felt more like a French influenced country than an English one. The stores had LOTS of French bread and I heard French spoken more than English.
We rented an Airbnb in the north part of the island in the Grand Baie area. We had a delightful 2 br villa that had a largish common area comprising of the kitchen, dining and living room. This area had a wall of sliding glass doors on both sides and we kept these doors open throughout the day and the warm breeze wafting through. The temperatures were perfect. The lows each night were 62-65 and the highs were 75-80. We rarely ran the air conditioner. Humidity was low and it was very comfortable.
The island is beautiful. There are lots of sugar cane farms and a lot of unpopulated areas. It reminded me of some of the Hawaiian islands. One day, we rented a car and drove the length of the island a visited a nature park where they had giant tortoises, monkeys and other animals. It was neat. The drive down and back was beautiful and we got to see the rural parts of the island including the sugar cane fields.
We had our appointment with the US Embassy two days after our arrival so early in the trip and with the approval we were excited and happy. That excitement was tempered a little bit because we had one more important task which was to get my girlfriend a CDC approved vaccine. I had been looking for the single dose J&J vaccine for a couple months prior to our trip and had no luck. When we arrived, we learned that our Airbnb host had some connections and we asked for his assistance. He contacted a physician who also was part of the Health Ministry of Mauritius. He said there was no J&J vaccine available anywhere on the island.
We were very disappointed, but accepted the news. We explored other destinations for a later trip and conceded that she was going to have to spend a lot of money and time and go to another country for the vaccine.
Then, the night before we were to leave Mauritius, my girlfriend read in Vinsky about a Russian man who got the J&J vaccine in Mauritius 3 weeks prior. We went to the clinic that he got his vaccine, but were told that they had stopped providing Covid vaccines just 4 days before. We were very sad and were just about to leave when a nice young man came up to us and said the vaccine was available at a nearby hospital. He saved the day for us. He even called over to the hospital and told them we were coming. We were due to fly out that evening so we were concerned about having enough time because there is a second step to this process, which I'll talk about shortly.
We rushed to the hospital and they took us right in and she was vaccinated within a few minutes. They had her wait an additional 15 minutes to make sure there were no immediate adverse effects from the vaccination.
Once that time was up, we caught a taxi to Port Louis and started the next step. You see, the vaccine only comes with a local certification. We had to go to the Mauritius "International Vaccination Center" and request a WHO International Certification document. Normally, this is a 2-3 day wait, but we told them we had a flight out in the evening and that we needed it ASAP. A very kind lady accommodated our need and processed our request within 2 hours.
Icing on the cake was the total cost for all of this was: $0
All in all, it was a very productive trip to a true paradise destination. It was expensive and time consuming to get there, but the result was more than worth it.