Ile Sainte Marie - Day 1
Here's my would-be post from my second day travelling and my first day on Sainte Marie Island.
Saturday, May 7th.
I had a great night last night at La Pirogue. Actually, it wasn’t that great because I’m fighting off a sore throat (um, thanks, Friend for that! :P). I’m still winding down from work.
My mom is getting the full Malagasy experience – lost luggage for three days, a wake up call to kill a poisonous bug, and has now had to take Cipro. For those non Malagasy residents – Cipro is the white man’s miracle drug. After 24 hours of… uhhh….severe bathroom issues – you take this drug and within a few hours you are feeling *almost* brand new. (My mom’s still waiting…but she’s getting better.)
We left La Pirogue around 7h30 for a two hour taxi brousse ride (which translates to bush taxi), and then it was onto the boat.
We actually had to clear customs which was a process. For some reason because my mom's not a resident, we had to go to three different places to have her passport number and name written down. On a paper general ledger book. What happens with this book? I think nothing. What would happen if we just skipped the line and didn't fill it out? Again, I think nothing. Anyway.
What apparently hadn't been pre-arranged was putting fuel into the taxi. We almost made it up a hill....but didn't, so our taxi driver went running to get some gas. This is pretty typical, but never stops being funny.
So, my goal for today – is just to forget. Forget about work. Forget about the uncertainty of things in my life. Life is weird and unpredictable, and I have enough good things and enough back up plans and back up to my back up plans, that whatever happens, I’ll certainly be happy.