Future world or back in time?
Trip Start Aug 28, 2006
75Trip End Aug 31, 2007
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My last day in Madagascar...it's raining and I leave this afternoon for jo-burg for a night, then off to tanzania! This has been a great 10 days, which is definitely not enough time for such a huge island. But I managed to see alot due to hiring a guide, john, and a driver, george. They took me on a whirlwind trip to the south, passing through the highlands with visits to towns and national parks, ending up at the steaming coast in the southwest. I flew back to Tana last night, leaving them with a two day drive to get home(merci, vous ettes les plus jauntils mecs en madagascar!)
I started my trip staying at a beautiful old restored bungalow in Tana and ended by staying in the ghetto. What a big change from India. First, there is no honking and hardly any cars. There are rickshaws in many towns that are powered by guys running, which makes the place pretty quiet, but I felt to guilty to use one when I could walk just as easy
The landscape is beautiful! Saw lots of lemurs in the jungle park of Ranomofana, and in the park in Isalo...chameleons, snakes,butterflies too
I think more than anything, the poverty is starting to get to me. It is something I have been wading through for alot on this trip. Sometimes it seems okay, people seem to be managing somehow with a smile on their face... but the other day it hit me hard, maybe there is something a little otherwordly about this place that made the situation seem worse... I have never been in line to get on the airplane with a beggar on either side, police asking for money from the driver at every checkpoint, the president using the army to guard his private yoghurt company, old craggy french guys with pretty young malagasy girls....
But with the negativity aside, you find those problems in alot of countries... I will leave this place wanting to come back.