Hotel Espadon Nosy Be
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... and chill.
After a short tour of the boat, room (berth) allocation (kids had one each) and unpacking of a few clothes, the anchor was pulled and off we set. But I then spent the next few hours either lying flat out in a prone position on deck or on my bed, or speaking on the big white telephone in our cabin! It was incredibly bumpy as we crossed the bay to our first destination, and I had not thought to take any Stugeron. Everyone else seemed mostly fine, and I started ...
... fans went off at midnight, and then the mozzies appeared. The food was simple, but acceptable (more fish, prawns, zebu as the only options). With a bit of effort someone could make this a really lovely place to stay, but we were now convinced that when we travel anywhere again we need to upgrade a bit! Basic with simple luxuries is fine, but basic and damn uncomfortable/noisy/grim/unimaginative is definitely not acceptable!
... occurrence for them!
Bag safely installed in the car, we then drove around the island to a quiet beach where we boarded a 'pirogue' to take us to a reserve where we'd see lemurs. The boat was hand made, wooden, with hand carved wooden oars, and our guide and the boat owner and Steve rowed us around the mangrove forest. They all got up quite a sweat and there were soon good muscles on show! That boat ride was about 45 minutes ...
... Ambatoloaka, for fresh fish brochettes (and J and E had chocolate crepes!).
We were going to see Connor this afternoon but Mare sensibly advised against us going to the camp today in case it upset any of the other kids. They are all having lots of fun but are exhausted, and apparently in bed by 9pm every night, and so may make them homesick in their sensitive states if we arrived with embarrassing hugs and chocolate! ...
... has one, including Ella!!).
We had an hour's hair raising drive, in the dark, to the small town where we are staying. There are few street lights, but people were walking the roads as the cars tear along them. We were immediately impressed by the lovely smell of ylang ylang and the intense sparkle of the stars against the very black night, with just a tiny sliver of moon to light everything!
We arrived at our hotel, 'Gerard ...