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... passers by, and others that didn't really have anything to do, (or for that matter, any thing constructive to add to our situation) and continued on. I then mentioned that I had the phone number for said agency. Of course! Let's call him. Oh yeah...we had already renegotiated the rate... From 10,000A to 15,000A (decide by 3000 for dollars) because this was getting difficult. The cab driver called them up and after some brief dialogue in Malagasy handed me the ...
I started out my Saturday on a beautiful sunny morning ready to take on the queen’s palace on the top of Tana. Safety - high. Taxi bargaining power - low. A week or so into my stay here, I’ve realised that every taxi negotiation begins at 10,000 Ariary, regardless of the destination. This is however rather quickly brought down to 6,000 or 7,000 Ar - even lower if it’s a short trip and laziness was your main motivator. This one was no different. ...
It was with some trepidation that we left the safety of our hotel for the Eastern taxi-brousse station, where we would strap our bikes and bags to its roof and squeeze ourselves into the tiny space we would occupy for the next 3-4 hours. We felt that we'd prepared ourselves well for this trip in terms of health (Steripen, extensive first aid kit, rabies shots, malaria tablets etc), self-sufficiency (tent, cooker etc), technology (Nomad 7 solar ...
This morning as I was having a steaming cup of café au lait on the small outdoor terrace in front of the hotel, I heard an American coming down the stairs, speaking rather loudly (as we do compared to many other cultures), when he walked by me he said "hello" to which I replied “good morning.” He stopped, surprised. “You speak English?” (People are usually surprised that I speak French!)
“Well you're one of the ...
... br> Art Festival. And we found a Finnish lady who is a CSr, visiting
Mada and wants to go to NZ one day.
Warwick has been adding photos to these last couple of blogs while in transit in Mauritius. If you ever need to sit for hours in an airport then this must be one of the best - comfortable and relatively quiet, with one flight an hour or fewer so not too many announcements. The people parade is changing back to Asian and European with fewer Malagasy.