Le Relais Des Plateaux
Travel Blogs from Antananarivo
was welcomed and how highly I was encouraged to participate in the ceremony.
One mother and daughter in particular took me under their
wings, dancing with me, protecting me from crowd surfing ancestors, and even
inviting me to help wrap the bones of an ancestor! What an incredible honor. The Malagasy were very adept and efficient at
wrapping the bones, lifting the body in unison, and tightly wrapping and
securing the lamba around ...
... speed and then slide to a stop in the grass right beside me, laughing loudly. We had learned colors that day in language class, so we began to practice colors. What color is the grass? Maintso/Green. What color is my skirt? Mainty/Black. He told me the Malagasy words for me to repeat, and then I told him the English words. Soon, his siblings came to join and they all enjoyed correcting my pronunciation and testing me. The oldest boy peeked in ...
... bottle of water at about 9pm, the hotel staff were concerned and told us we should be very careful. As we were only going 50m to the servo next door we figured we’d be OK but they breathed an obvious sigh of relief when we returned in tact 10 minutes later.
We spent the next two days exploring Tana and arranging our tickets to go South. It was about a 45 minute walk from the hotel to the centre but nothing in this place worked in a straight line. We managed to ...
... the streets
We'd only just arrived at the market and started bargaining for some hats when we had the telephone call to ask 'where are you!' dina and Nomena had other plans for our morning: they took us miniature bicycle and car maker, an embroidery place and to the zebu horn artisans. I particulary liked the little bicycles made with old brake cables, telephone cable, old flip-flops and expired medical ...
... page, fresh and ready anew, here there is one carbon sheet which moves with every prescription and which has seen so many doctor’s chicken scratches, I’m amazed it still imprints anything onto the following page.
Interns use outdated diaries from 2011 as notebooks in the hospital, cheaper and more readily available than actual notebooks, and when studying, their work is written in pencil so that it can be erased and rewritten over in order to ...