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3 things you need to know when in La Reunion

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We lived from August to December 2018 on the little island of La Reunion. We encountered three very important things you need to consider when you are in La Reunion. They will help you to come back healthy from La Reunion.

1. Chamelion: Flash-photo-ban on the island of La Réunion

Chamelions are not uncommon, as we were told by the locals.

Cameleon in La ReunionAfter our first week here, we, unfortunately, didn’t get to see one yet. But that’s no surprise since they are masters of hiding. Our boss (we are working on an ecological farm) told us how he runs the same way several times a day and only sees the Chameleon in the last course, although he was sitting right in front of his eyes next to the road. They move so incredibly slowly that he will have the time to get us the next time he will see one. It is very important, he emphasized several times, that we NEVER photograph a chameleon with flash. Because the flash causes the Chameleons to go blind.

As an animal lover, I kindly ask you to take your photo in line with the animals’ welfare.

2. Avoid Stagnant Water: Leptospirosis

If you do not feel like putting a hospital experience on your experience list, you should avoid stagnant water. These include, for example, puddles or rainwater, which collects on uneven roofs. Because you never know whether a rat got lost there at night or during the day and felt such a strong urge to urinate that she simply let it run. Rat pipi is often transmitting the bacteria that causes the disease leptospirosis. It just has a small scratch gracing your skin and already the bacteria would have a chance to penetrate your organism. The symptoms of this disease were described to us very diversely. Like the flu, which is why it has been mistaken for it often. So, if you think you’re having the flu, consider that it may also be leptospirosis.

3. Driving a Car: Dangerous Idea

I purposely used the word idea, as it is just an idea of how I would feel about myself driving a car. Except for the speedway around the island, the roads are all very narrow and incredibly winding. The cars usually drive with breakneck speed, only honk before they pass a curve and then properly press again on the gas pedal. It happened a couple of times that Anika tugged barefoot into a few shards that were in a curve on the road. It looked very much like glass panels had jumped. We thought that we would like bicycles for the purpose of getting around and doing sports. However, we rejected this plan very quickly because the roads of the island have hardly any straights. Say they are incredibly mountainous and curvy. In addition, anyone who told us about it advised us against it, because it was quite dangerous because of the traffic just described.

If you want to come around try hitchhiking. We had wonderful experiences with it and it is very easy and safe in La Reunion


Dear people, I am Kira Schneiders and have studied biology & organic agriculture. However, I have never really learned to love studying. I love traveling and being part of projects where I can apply my knowledge and help other people.

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