The Folks Come To Visit
Trip Start Aug 15, 2012
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My parents were lucky enough to arrive two days before a cyclone (hurricane) hit southern Madagascar. The rain and wind was intense, but the reality of it didn’t hit us until the next couple days. Many people’s houses where damaged, and every place that couldn’t drain was flooded. In spite of this, we still tried to travel to Ambovombe the day after the storm
One of the truly wonderful moments of the trip was when I was able to introduce my family to my new family. Fenolily and Ampela put on an amazing feast for my parents, and they gave wonderful gifts. My parents were very moved by how loving and wonderful my Malagasy family is, and my Malagasy family had been waiting anxiously for months to finally meet my parents. My Malagasy family has been a blessing for me through the challenges and joys in my life as a white American in Ambovombe, and it was so great to share this wonderful part of my life with my parents.
After Ambovombe, we went to Berenty Reserve, a private park filled with flora and fauna unique to Madagascar
The fun part of having people I know so well in a place I know so well is they reminded me what it is like to be there with fresh eyes. I do not take the South for granted, but it has become my home. I had forgotten what it was like when I first arrived. My parents saw the markets packed with people, the herds of cows and goats, the crazy drivers, the sand and cactus, the incomprehensible new language, and the traditional clothing all with a new perspective. It was good for me to remember just how unique and exciting this place is.