I’m secretly cheering for Mauritius. No, not Mauritius the guy downtown who takes up two parking spots with his Volkswagen. We call him Maury.
The country. The one in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Off the east coast of Madagascar? Ok, look here. I had to, too!
Of all the countries listed on my WordPress stats page, one of the tiniest and least populated nations in the world is near the top of the list. 1.3 million people on the 2,000 square kilometres of beautiful, tropical island paradise. It’s currently tied with Taiwan for 13th spot for number of views. Singapore, another on the list of land mass giants, just leap-frogged over these two nations today with two more views.
China, with its population that is now written out in powers of ten, ranks 27th in views. 真奇怪!
Mauritius, as you’ve probably already just read, was first visited in the Middle Ages by Arab sailors, who then named it Dina Arabi – which, coincidentally, is the name of the guy who carpools with Maury downtown. In later years and much like many other places around the Earth, the island was fought over by French and British forces, as these two nations were the only two teams in the World Battleship League at the time.
In 1968, the island won its independence from English rule and let out a collective sigh of relief when they realized Margaret Thatcher would not be Prime Minister until 1979. Speaking of Argentina, they’re 23rd on my list of nation views to my blog.
Mauritius has quite a mature thoroughbred racing community. The Champ de Mars Racecourse, a 1.3 kilometer right hand turn turf course, is more than 200 years old and sits in a picturesque plain next to some mountains. I would assume most of the views to my site from Mauritius have something to do with horse racing and my images taken at Woodbine Raceway in Toronto.
Either that or they have too much leisure time and are enthralled with my photos of Rob Ford and his exploits.
Whatever the case, I hope the number of views on my photo blog from Mauritius don’t go the way of the island’s most famous animal, the Dodo.