Saturday, January 2, 2010
I have been reading up on Malagasy culture and traditions in one of the books I got for Christmas. Today I learned that my high school French should be adequate to get by in the city, which is great, but I will only be in the city for two out of 31 days and will still need to figure out Malagasy. I also learned that I should expect rice three meals a day and to avoid "toaka gasy" unless feeling brave - it is described as illegal and dangerous home-brewed rum, served in plastic buckets. Hmm, thanks for the warning!
Still haven't heard anything from the Hotel Sakamanga where I am trying to book a room for the last night before I fly home. I think it would be nice to take a hot shower and sleep in a bed before I fly the 36 hours or so home. If you want you can cross your fingers that my fifth call to the embassy will be a charm on Monday and I will get somewhere with the visa app.