Vanga Guest House
Travel Blogs from Antananarivo
... a two three day plus journey in the back of a truck. Whilst I am reasonably experienced in the ‘journeys from hell’ pantheon, what I had read about Madagascar did fill me with in-trepidation. However this news was a real tonic and within 24 hours all three flights were sorted and booked for a sum of money that which was just slightly more than one flight’s full price quoted in the Lonely Planet.
My first travel ...
... the other day. When I reply that I wouldn't be making cakles with them if I was, I'm rewarded with beaming smiles and then hugs.I wrote the recipes up on large sheets of paper, with little diagrams to help with the English and we stuck them on the wall of their teaching kitchen. I asked them to turn on the gas oven, and nobody told me there was a problem until we were ready to bake the cakes. the oven wasn't hot! " Oh.... no ...
Taxis here are ubiquitous. You can’t miss them really. They don’t disappear at the first sign of rain, gobbled up by every desperate soul without an umbrella as in New York; they don’t become scarce in certain parts of the city as in Sydney; and they don’t cost a bloody fortune as in London. What they do hold here, however, is power. The power of safety. And with that, they hold the power to increase prices proportionate to the decrease in safety. ...
... having such a linguistically gifted partner (of course he's an Australian and they're sooo much more connected to the rest of the world!). Another example of differences in cultural norms is in the common practice of trying to rip foreigners off! While we might think this is unfair, this is clearly not the case in Madagascar (and in other developing countries I've visited). Not surprising given many people see any foreigner as rich (which they are likely to be compared ...
... served a lunch of mixed salad and chicken curry with rice. Now it’s time to wait and keep our selves occupied until dinner and then we’ll see if the flight comes off as planned. I informed Jim Franks by an e-mail which he acknowledged. He’s an old hand around Africa, so he’ll make his way just fine.
I called Jean-Marie Mundeli in Rwanda to let him know as well, so everything should be adjusted as needed to meet this not uncommon African occurrence.
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