What to do with 21 hours in paradise?

We left Madagascar yesterday but felt no sadness as we headed to enjoy some time on Mauritius. Last night we got to our guesthouse in the dark, but were thrilled to know our cute room was right on the water. And of course, I could hear the ocean. Plus the best feature was a huge…

Touring around Tana

We got in from Sambava and were met by our driver and headed back to Hotel Sol for our final night. We enjoyed our night in the hotel, with dinner followed by hot showers. We packed up for our flight the next day and just relaxed. The next morning, we headed out to explore Antananarivo…

Rainforests seem like a great place to visit, but….

We flew up to Sambava for our rainforest trek. The guide told us our plan before we checked in the national park office and laid out our gear and food for the porters. Yockno explained we’d get dropped off in the village, hike about two hours to the forest entrance. From there, it’s about a…

Summer reading

Now that I’m learning to adjust to post PhD life, I definitely have made a strong return to pleasure reading. So far I’ve finished three books on this trip, I started a forth but it was a library book and expired when I was about 60% through. Will have to renew when I’m home, it…

Big Tsingy, big fun.

Another long day of driving. Actually the second day but yesterday I was too sick to even open my eyes in the car. I woke up with a pounding headache and nausea around 2am, with body aches. These delightful, hangover like symptoms remained with me all day until this morning. I just sat in the…

Travelin’ via ferry and caravan.

Long car rides on Safari make for prime blog writing time. Though the bumpy “secondary” roads make for many spelling errors. En route to Tsingy via caravan! We lined up just outside of a bustling village around 1:30pm today. After all the trucks checked in, we were off to Tsingy! I think there’s about 15…

More lemurs, s’il vous plaît

In the car now, long drive today with some stops along the way en route to Antsirabe. Traveling about 8 hours today, give or take, depending on the roads. Driving in Madagascar is not for amateurs. The national roads are decent, but narrow with frequent potholes. Driving here is all about passing, even on curvy…

Welcome to Madagascar!

We left NYC around noon or a little after on Friday (shocker, flight delay out of JFK) landing 12 hours later in Dubai. Emirates was probably my favorite international flight, economy was spacious and the entertainment system top notch. No, we didn’t really sleep. Also, no, we don’t have that business class cash. Then we…