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... trying to chase the people away. Every now and then I could hear the Zebu moo...I was thinking about the cattle thieves but from what I've heard they only operate in southern Madagascar. So no idea what was going on but eventually everything went quite and I could go to sleep. So now I'm sitting here, waiting for my taxi brousse which fortunately goes straight to Ankify, the port to Nosy Be. The road is supposed to be alright and it shouldn't take too long. Let's ...
... a little exhausted I decided to meet with the people for a drink. They were really nice and I also got to know some other people. The restaurant we were at also had rooms and they offered me a better rate if I'd come to stay with them so I decided to move the next day before heading out for the first kite session in Sakalava Bay. Sakalava Bay is nice. It's a beautiful place. But for me being used to flat water and little wind these conditions were ...
... it usually involved a delay of 2 or more hours.
In Tana (Antannarivo) we spent the day in a beautiful hotel, with a brilliant view of the streets that reminded me a lot of India.
After flying into Mahjanga, we drove through the bustling streets to our hotel called Kismat which we fondly renamed "Kismyat". Which was the most disgusting hotel I have ever been to.
After Maré went to bed a few of us went out to ...
... kick) or to yame (stop)! We introduced ourselves to the sensei (and bowed!), and chatted about the different style of karate - and of course he asked what belts we all had, and so of course we had to tell him! He was impressed!
I am not sure if we will have wifi at our hotel in Ankify tomorrow night. We get on the yacht on Wednesday morning - speedboat back to Nosy Be first thing and then hopefully a few days of chilling (and no more tummy bugs).
We left Ankarana about 7.15am yesterday morning and had a long bone rattling journey north to Diego Suarez (local name 'Antisiranana'). We couldn't go very fast because of the many potholes, long stretches of broken road, huge dongas, inadvertent narrowing due to erosion - this was the Route Nationale between Diego Suarez and the capital city of Antananarivo! It apparently takes 24 hours to drive it (and probably just as long if you go via ...