All-Night Parties

Some Mauritians are very considerate.

Rather than have a party at their house and disturb their neighbours, they’ll hire a house for the weekend and party there. Whole families and their friends – kids and all.

Or maybe they do it because it’s a special occasion, and therefore a treat.

Either way, it’s not a treat if that house just happens to be behind yours.

Yep, that’s us.

I like a good time as much as anyone else, but blaring music, kids screaming in the pool, fireworks, and people yelling, all of it till 8 or 9 the next morning, is too much.

It’s impossible to sleep, so the following day is pretty much a write-off.

One Friday I was so mad, I brooded all night, and the following morning, moved the speakers outside, ready to blast music at them the minute they all passed out.

But they never did. They continued for the entire weekend!

When it’s been really bad, we’ve called the police at around 3 or 4am, who’ve gone around and made the partygoers turn down the music, but the volume just goes up again 10 minutes later.

I don’t know who owns the house, so I can’t complain to them.

And I don’t want to yell at the partygoers in case they brought along a machete (just joking!). But yelling at drunk people is not a good idea wherever you live.

Fortunately it isn’t all the time.

That’s the only positive thing I can say about it.