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Travel Blogs from Antananarivo
... and that we wanted 60, the choice was clear. 45 Euro each in the short queue for a stamp to say we'd paid and we then joined the end of the long queue. The immigration process was somewhat chaotic but it seemed to work. You handed your passport and your form in at one end, showed your outward bound plane ticket and joined the crowd at the other until your name was called. A page full of stamps and you were on your way.
Collecting our luggage took quite some time ...
... to remain open to those who might really need, or perhaps deserve the chance at a little help. Even if you don’t have anything to give.
I had that chance, I scored that massive winning ticket in life, to be born into a family who had something to give me, to teach me, to raise me. And with that comes a responsibility to return some of my luck to others. Pay it forward, return the favour, share the wealth, whatever cliché you feel comfortable ...
... red wine, and finished off with a glass of infused rum (I chose vanilla, incredible!). And when the bill came, I’d stuffed my belly at an expensive french restaurant for a grand total of twelve dollars and fifty cents.
So I’d managed to balance my week into a perfect equilibrium of intensity and difficulty at the hospital countered with light-hearted laughter and fun with newfound friends.
So this is how the french live ...
... And I really wanted to see Madagascar.
The tour was run by a British agency so all of my fellow travellers were Brits. We were a total of 6 including myself, two couples and a single woman. All of them were my age or older which is a first for me.
I remember seeing one lady getting into the van, she looked snooty and I thought "oh no, she's gonna be the snooty complainer on the trip" and then immediately thought "because I just thought that watch her ...
... had the silly exchange rate which meant having to carry large bundles of notes.
My driver/guide, Potsy, was pretty average I'd say. He'd recommend hotels in the places I stayed and would arrange a suitable guide for me in the NPs. However, in some cases, he was overly pushing in recommending a certain hotel and I felt he was just doing so because it offered a cheap room for himself to stay. His English wasn't great and it was a struggle to have any ...
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet