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Cyclone Chanda

11th January 2012

overcast 22 °C

My kind sister-at-home-with-internet confirmed a cyclone ...Not that we needed much confirmation. The sky fell down, Chicken Lickens across the land got drenched and drowned and the wind howled and gusted like there was no tomorrow. There wasn’t. We couldn’t even see it and drove north into perspective as quickly as we could.

It kind of sucked to pass beautiful places when the sky cleared a little, only to head in the direction of what essentially equates to home, but so be it. We stayed in Ambositra for the last two nights. It’s a quaint and picturesque spot on its outskirts and bustling and nudging at its centre, but there’s not much to do other than look at a few wood carving curio shops, eat more Zebu and drink more beer (if you’re too lazy to walk into the country or visit the wood carving villages in the area).

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We relented and took one of the rickshaws (pousse-pousse) back to our guesthouse after another Zebu and Pomme Frite meal. I'm not sure how to feel about this. It ended up being an awkward blend of one part privileged guilt, one part reassurance that we're keeping some Ambositra folk in business.

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We’re now in Antsirabe, the next major town before Tana. It’s unremarkable, but we did experience our first rays of sun in over a week. I have a headache. And a bag full of curios that may not seem so quaint in a few weeks time.

Posted by JayneHol 06:05 Tagged travel madagascar antsirabe ambositra pousse-pousse

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