Interview Kristin Frederick

Reunion Island is a magical place

The volcano, a lunar scenery

1.   Which places or experiences stuck out most during the shoot on Reunion Island?
I was really impressed by the street market. Someone from the film crew told me that a lady comes to the market every week with a cart full of goodies. Meeting this lady was a great experience! She was lovely and she showed me loads of jars of spices. It was a magical moment! I bought spices to make some garam masala. Since I got back to Paris I've been preparing lots of meals for my friends with garam masala. Another moment also comes to mind: the day when I took a car to see the volcano. I almost cried when I saw this landscape. The environment changes every 2 kilometers on this road. I felt like I was in the countryside in France, then I found myself in a forest before arriving in a setting that looks like the planet Mars!
2.    What's your favourite memory from the shoot on Reunion Island?
My favourite memory is still the time I spent with a fisherman for the shoot. I'm not sure that he really understood that it was a shoot! We had a good old chat and he spoke to me for more than 30 minutes.
3.   What was the most surprising thing you discovered about Reunion Island?
I wanted a chance to meet a cook to learn traditional Creole cooking. In the end I visited a family in their home with an outside kitchen. It was quite a surprise to see that. I loved cooking and eating outside!
4.   Why would you recommend Reunion Island to your friends?
Reunion Island is a magical place. Perhaps it's my favourite island out of all the travelling I've ever done. It's beautiful, the people are friendly, there are so many different landforms. You can go from the desert to the mountains and the beach in a very short time.