I've had a couple of inquiries about the map below - specifically, about that little dot in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Some castaway in a lifeboat surfing with his Blackberry, perhaps?
Nothing quite so romantic. That visitor came to us from the wonderful island nation of Mauritius, a blend of Creole and East Indian cultures with a French accent and a flourishing economy based on tourism, sugar cane and finance. (A friend of mine lived there back in the '80s while her husband was on assignment for the World Bank.)
As of 1 am tomorrow morning, it was 27 degrees C in Mauritius. A perfect place to be this time of year.