Hedonistic experience in Madagascar

Trip Start Mar 17, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, November 19, 2007

The view out of our bedroom is different in the morning: a lot of R4 taxis waiting for costumers an people hanging around in the park. But we have an appointment at 10h. at the hotel Colbert. For a sauna, spa, Turkish bath, swimming pool and beauty treatment. The last for me. What do you mean: is this all we can think of while in Madagascar? It is in our 'lonely planet' guide in the top 5 things to do!!!

I loooooove the whole experience. Hubby is a bit less enthusiastic. And OK: for hedonists like us: this is not hedonism. AND: the people at the spa were great but at the reception of the 'poepchique' hotel almost rude. And that while we were thinking of moving here, since our internet in our hotel is crappy. But, nowadays, I stay calm with all that and think: if you cannot even be nice: f... your hotel.

Afterwards, we go for a walk as described in our book. The views are nice. We walk through the 'barber street'. Little wooden huts. Dr T does not have the guts and he does need a haircut!

The purple trees, like we see from our hotel window weep!!! It has not rained but they drip.

Homeless people are sleeping next to the river. A man is selling stuff, carried on his head. Children are playing, no adults to watch them. Unfortunately, child prostitution is big here. Madagascar is trying to abandon sex tourism complete. I cannot conclude whether that is so good. Child abuse is of course no-no.

A pity: the colorful flower market, we saw here yesterday, is not on Monday.

We walk to the island with the 'monument aux mort' dedicated to the victims of the second world war.

By then, the sun goes down, so we go back to our hotel for a meal. It is NOT recommended to walk around in the city after dark.

Tomorrow is check out time for Nosy Be: new adventures, I am sure! We booked Andry to take us to the airport and ... booked this hotel for another 2 nights when we come back.


OK, OK, the internet is not that good but it usually works, it is well located (also on top of a big supermarket), has a nice breakkie, a coffee machine and fridge in the room.  With a bit over 100 Euro an enormous amount for Madagascar. According to our guide the average ANNUAL income here is 300 Euro ... .

Talk to you in Nosy Be.
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