16.06.2007 - 19.06.2007 22 °C
Oh why oh why do I never save to drafts???
Sent you all a huge email this morning about the trials and tribulations of the last few days only to discover it did not send.
Maybe a good thing, was in foul mood with this bloody country!
In a sentence, spent an extra day in Nosy Be just to send some parcels home then they still wouldnt send them, so come to Diego and they still wont send them, long long story, suffice to say my arms hurt from carrying them halfway around Madagascar, Dad, Tony and John, I will have to drink your Rum, mum, no chocolate and everyone else, no presents yet. Shall bundle everything up and take it back to Joburg with me when I go and send it from there, believe me it will be easier, and even if I have to bin all my clothes in order to keep within the luggage limit, it will still be cheaper to buy new ones. Luckily my hotel in Tana allows me to keep luggage there.
This morning I was spitting feathers believe me!
Still, having spent an extra day on the beach I now have a tan to be proud of!
Yesterday I spent 10 hours travelling with various chickens, ducks and diorrhoeaetic babies to get here, but having just met 2 spanish girls who spent 40 hours on the stinkobus, I am no longer complaining! I have that to do next week, oh god!!! But with all my extra luggage, I will not be able to fly. Still, I now have 3 bottles of Rum and umpteen bars of chocolate to ease the way!!
Am staying the next few days with the spanish girls, they are having the same language problems as me, but at least we can all converse in English. Planning on a trip to Ankarana but first they want to see the beach here, mor'e bloody beaches!!! However, nothing else to do here while I wait to go to Ankarana with them!
Last couple of days on Nosy Be were interesting, 12 people in a renault 4, group of children sitting with me on the beach listening to Robbie Williams on my MP3 player, subsequently spending too long on the beach and getting a bit burnt.
Cant remember if I told you about the south african i had to lock out of my room.
Everything else is just Madagascar and I think I am getting used to it and its frustrations.
Its now nearly 4pm and am starving, all the cafes close for lunch! Madagascar!!!! Everything closes 1200 to 1500. Bloody lazy gits!
So going to find something to eat, then I shant want any dinner!
Talking of dinner, had the most amazing 3 course lunch for 8 quid on nosy be. Get this ... Carpaccio de carpe rouge, bruchettes de merou avec saute legumes followed by eclair du chocolat avec un sauce vanille. It was what you would expect from the Ritz but in bigger portions. Stuffed or what!
Oh ok, I shall translate.... Thin slivers of red carp (raw) in a sort of vinaigrette followed by huge kebabs of some fish or other and a mountain of sauteed veg, baby leeks, french beans etc. Followed by 2 eclairs stuffed full of chocolate mousse and covered with a vanilla cream; Oh and a large beer of course!
Blow out cheeks and make face and noise like a pig... oui c'est moi!!!
Patisserie opening accross the road....