Hello Mauritius. Bye Mauritius

Trip Start Mar 17, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Immigration at Mauritius: Our pickup IS at the airport and drops us off at our new home, where we are greeted by Véronique Borsato, the owner. The guesthouse is cute and we have an OK room. We go to bed for a couple of hours and go hunting for food and internet later on. We find a extremely dodgy Chinese and to my surprise, Dr T agrees to eat there. We start our malaria pills. It is a type IV malaria pill. They are the strongest. The malaria mosquitoes in Madagascar and South Africa are resistant to the other types. I do not like all those chemicals in my blood, but we cannot take any risks.

Afterwards internet café, where I check out the answers of the hotels in Nosy Be and Tony books the flight. First news: there are no flights available before the 20th. OK, let' book now for the 20th. Ouch, Air Madagascar website exclusively in French. We go through all the pages to end up with THE question: where do we send the ticket or will you pick them up in ... Paris. WHAT? They send them all over the world (40 bucks please) but it takes 4 working days. No 2 ways around it. I call. It is 17h10. They keep me on hold till ... 17h30 and then I get the message: our offices are no longer open. I cannot answer to the hotel offers, before we have a ticket.

We go growl, growl, home to meet Véronique. She advises us to buy a calling card tomorrow and then we can use her phone to call.

Dr T say: 'G'day, you are Australian, aren't you?' he saw a guy with an Australian passport in the airport and that guy is in our hotel. In fact he is English, living in Sydney for years with his Philippine wife. We start talking and ... they come from Madagascar. We learn a lot. Like: Madagascar is called Mada and Antananarivo Anta. Also about travelling overland, Majunga and Comoros. Plus; they have a 100 Euro left over in Mada money. And they cannot exchange them. We can have them for half price.

We bought some nibbles and some drinks and we watch 'life on Mars' and go to sleep.

Next morning: we buy the calling card and call Air Madagascar. Sounds simple and fast but: it never is!!!

To make a long story short: after HOURS, we manage to book our flight from Anta to Nosy Be. Or so we think. In the mean time, we also got the message our plane for tonight is delayed by 2 hours. We decide to go to the airport at the arranged time anyway.

Where we pay our way into the lounge, I chat to the girls and ... I get drunk! 3 J&B and I needed Dr T to get me to the flight!

Less than 3 hours later we land in Madagascar but that is after midnight, so for tomorrow.
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