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Typically Mayotte

 In 3 weeks and 4 days, I'll be singing Leaving on a Jet Plane, the line "don't know when I'll be back again" being particularly apt. That being the case, I'm naturally starting to look at the island with my goodbye eyes.

Just a few things I doubt I'll be seeing back in continental France:

...A row of bouenis (Mahorais women), employed by the city, sitting in the shade, florescent green safety jackets on over their salouvas (traditional wear, see photo below), masks of powdered sandalwood on their faces, rakes and brooms lying carelessly at their feet...

...an ambulance having a hard time advancing because a man can't get his herd of zebus off the street...

...a lady carrying a box of groceries on her head...

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