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GPS Coordinates: S 19°50'16.8" E 047°02'28.3" Temperature: 18.0 °C Humidity: 64.8 % Pressure: 85.3 kPa Altitude: 1538 m First stop: ANTSIRABE Started the drive down to Anstirabe @ 10 AM with my driver / facilitator nicknamed "Didi". Believe me you do not want to know his full name because it has more letters than Arnold the Terminator governor from …
Our three weeks of in-country orientation have come to a close. The Mada-Gar 7-Ups graduated from Malagasy class today with a celebration and traditional Malagasy dance lessons. It was so fun and I was having a great time laughing and trying to boogie like a Malagasy! We spent the afternoon packing our bags for, hopefully, the final time for about a year.
We had a final commissioning worship together, and ...
... ceremonies are important to
traditional Malagasy culture. According
to Malagasy tradition, the bodies of ancestors are kept in family tombs. These tombs are built of stone and decorated
with paint. During a famadihana ceremony, the bodies of the
ancestors are removed from their tombs, cleaned, and wrapped in fresh shrouds,
called lamba. One man explained to us that, while the
ancestors used to be wrapped in silk shrouds, this became ...
... I stopped, and began speaking to the woman in my halting, limited Malagasy. My end of the conversation was completely exhausted in about 23 seconds. Luckily, the woman, named Larissa ('What is your name?’ is the second question in my rehearsed conversation, so I like to break that one out early), was a very patient and willing teacher. I also found her she is a very patient and willing student. She told me she is trying to learn English. I asked ...
... out there… think of when the Weasleys mailed a letter to Harry using Muggle post- that is how your letter will look when you receive one from Madagascar! How exciting will it be to get a letter like that?! Very! So you should write to me (once I get an address)! ;)
Washing clothes by hand takes some elbow grease.
Don't forget to take your malaria pill!
The Malagasy become very excited to hear a foreigner attempt to speak Malagasy. ...