Change of plans - on to Mauritius
Trip Start Jan 12, 2008
171Trip End Oct 01, 2008
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With only a few hours to spare, we make a pit stop for lunch, panoramic views and a tour of Rova Ambohimanga, the King's Palace.
Next, we were off to the airport via the handicrafts market. The market was just like the one I went to in Jo'burg and, as such, it seemed like more of the same for me. I got a flag to put on my bag (I'm putting a flag from each destination on my backpack) and we were on our way to the airport just as the skies opened up. There was a heartfelt good bye to Harry and Mr. Florent as they really were great! (Insert shameless plug here: check out www.dbhome.dk/experience_madagascar for anyone who wants to travel to Madagascar and have the coolest guide ever! He really set up a great trip for me without even knowing I was coming, so I have to give him credit where it is due... he was amazing!)
After the time change, I wound up getting my bag in Mauritius around 11pm. With that in mind, I decided not to venture to the north of the island (heavy tourist area) where the cheapest hotels are about $400 per night. Instead, I find a hotel/hostel in Mahebourg (near the airport) for a whopping $30, including breakfast! It wasn't "nice" or "clean", but I guess I can't do the whole 4 and 5 star hotel thing for the entire year...
I fall asleep with all my windows open, the fan on, and still hot (no aircon as they call it) but content after hearing positive news about my Grandpa's recovery in the hospital! Apparently he's had a surgery and the doctors think he will make a decent recovery.