DodoWorkPlay on Tour: the Botanical Gardens

This post continues our mini-series as we take DodoWorkPlay on the road. See the Beach

Pamplemousses

One of the islands best-known public attractions is Pamplemousses Botanical Garden. It's a beautiful and tranquil place with plants and trees from all over the world. A significant number of plants are endemic to Mauritius and there are other surprises like Giant Tortoises and a stately home.

The 37.5 hectares are well looked-after, and the garden is subject to an entry fee of Rs 200 or Rs 25 for Mauritian residents.

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We found a relatively comfortable shelter to work under, although we'd have preferred somewhere in the sun as it was a beautiful day. It was generally quiet, with the exception of tropical bird calls, and distant traffic. We worked on the website, emails and our marketing material during a productive three hours.

Again, we made use of the mobile hot-spot. Using 3G it provided a stable 5 Mbps connection. The only complaint in terms of being a comfortable environment would be a few mosquitoes (we should have packed the spray) and the occasional ant. Oh, and a cushion would have made the wooden bench more comfortable for a long work session!

Our verdict

Connectivity: 3/5 (mobile internet worked well)
Comfort and productivity: 2/5 (3/5 with mosquito spray!)
Creativity and inspiration: 4/5 (huge fairy-tale trees got us in the creative mood)
View: 3/5 (beautiful rays of sun falling through the branches)
Overall: 3/5

After a long afternoon's work in the Garden we escaped the mosquitoes with a tea in Food Lovers Market Café.

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