Monthly Archives: July 2007

In Search of the Elusive Fosa in Madagascar

We drove through the Avenue de Baobabs, one of the most photographed sites in Madagascar. The giant trees, with stubby, root-like branches line the road majestically as they welcome travelers on their way to the Kirindy Forest.

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Sunset on the Mozambique Channel

We were startled awake at 3:15 am this morning by the poultry chorus. The rooster outside our beach bungalow began the choir with a cock-a doodle-doo that a series of ready roosters were willing to echo in succession up and … Continue reading

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The Amazing Feats of Lemurs

We are eyewitnesses and can attest to the fact that lemurs can actually dance. While at the Berenty Reserve in southern Madagascar, we were able to see the ring tail lemurs, who mew like kittens, the red-fronted brown lemur, who … Continue reading

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From Fort Dauphin to the Spiny Forest, Madagascar

The mountains run the length of Madagascar, from north to south. Here at Fort Dauphin on the tip of the southeast coast, it appears as if the Indian Ocean is lapping at the toes of these towering peaks. Fort Dauphin’s … Continue reading

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Don’t Touch the Taboo Tree, Madagascar

Sitting on the Mozambique channel, Mahajanga, formerly on the Arab trade route, has a slow pace that matches the intense heat. The city has big boulevards, a lively bazaar, incredible seafood, and purple sunsets. Every once in a while a … Continue reading

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Life in Mandritsara, Madagascar

We are staying in our daughter’s two room house without running water or a flush toilet and sporadic electricity. It is so much fun! When we get up, we draw water from the pump and heat it for tea. Caite … Continue reading

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Where in The World is Mandritsara, Madagascar?

“Did you sleep well in Mandritsara?” the locals ask us with a smile and a twinkle in the eye. Mandritsara means “sleep well” in Malagasy and this is a well worn joke in the rural mountain town in which our … Continue reading

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