Hello again!!! I just wanted to write a brief blog about my vacation out west. IT WAS AMAZING!!! Even more so than I expected. Jules’ parents, Dr. Smith and Antsy, were unbelievable. We took a private car to Miandravazo, which is about half way to Morondava. Spent the night in a nice bungalow and took off in the morning for Morondava. On the road we were like dogs thinking, SQUIRREL, every time we saw a baobab. They were all so amazing and we weren’t even to the Avenue of Baobabs yet. We kind of relaxed when we got there, watched the sunset over the Mozambique Canal, which is a first for me since I see the sunrise over the ocean, and had a good meal. It was Jaja’s birthday the next day and so Julie and I snuck off to go hunting for supplies to make a crown. That was an interesting and entertaining hunt. As we were buying her gift, Jaja walked up and we freaked out and Julie pulled her away. We were soooooooo close. The next morning we took off for Kirindy Reserve where we saw lots of lemurs, bugs and even a fosa (the largest carnivorous mammal on the island. It’s catlike and as big as a medium-sized dog maybe) in the forest while on a hike. We drove through the Avenue of Baobabs. It was breath-taking. Words really cannot describe how I felt when I saw them all. We gave Jaja her gifts and her crown along with a wand that came in handy when the electricity went out…Jaja was a natural and with a wisp of her wand…there was light! We did a market visit and lounged around with a return to the baobabs for sunset. We found a nice huge baobab to call home for the sunset and chilled out listening to the top hits of the 90s. We headed out the next morning and arrived in Tana on their Independence Day, June 26. It was crazy all around town.
Overall, this has been my favorite place I’ve visited in Madagascar by far. Julie’s parents were so generous and willing to try many new things. Their company was great and much appreciated. Julie and Jaja are two of my favorite PCVs to travel with. It was a great vacation. Thank you! LUVIN’ LIFE!!
PS I tried to upload some pics but it didn't work:-(