How exciting to get a card from Mauritius! This one, from a postcrosser who describes the country as a "confetti of an island lost in the azure of the Indian Ocean", shows the remarkable seven-colored dunes (red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple, and yellow) dunes of Chamarel. The sender notes that Mark Twain, who visited Mauritius in 1898, likened it to paradise. Mauritius and the US have had diplomatic relations since 1794. The island country was once the home of the now-extinct dodo bird.