Good deeds aside, we love traveling to places off the beaten path. I don’t believe that Madagascar currently has too many paths, beaten or otherwise.
Generally we do our Dudley-Do-Right stuff the first couple of weeks and, once we have a better feel for the country, the people, the culture and the language we peel off the altruism shell and indulge.
Because of timing issues with the vol programme, we’ve been exploring the world’s 4th largest island. And, begrudgingly, thanks go out to Robert Bourassa and Rene Levesque for forcing English down our throats back in the ’70s. Being able to speak the language with the denizens, read the signs, and generally fit in a bit better than a couple of foreign you-hops has certainly ameliorated the trip.
As stated previously (so why state it again?!?)there is not a ton of history to hold onto. Madagascar is about geography, animals, and great food.
We have covered close to 1,000 kilometres, heading south from Tana. The scenery changes regularly and our driver and guide help while away the hours.
Lori and I have spent significant hours hiking and we have more scheduled for tomorrow.
But fact is, Madagascar speaks bet through pictures.
So most of this blog will feature our photos.
Not only do you get to see beauty at an extreme level, but you won’t have to plot through my diatribes.
Talk about a win-win for the fans.
resplendent in their finery. Often walking for miles to attend services, the roadside parade presented an unforgettable cotillion of colours, textures, patterns and styles. Hats were everywhere. To witness a human regatta walking miles to attend church services was an insight to the penetration of Catholicism throughout the country.
We share visions, or are equally affected by a benign for of psychosis. In this case, Lori made out a tiger form on the side of the mountain.
Once the guides were able to follow our parameters, they were excited as a bunch of lemurs. We are quite certain that the Legend of Tiger Mountain will be woven into the future spiels that accompany the lemur tour. At least it should be.