Yesterday I was in Madagascar. It was actually the first time on my trip that
I really realized that this is an opportunity of a lifetime. Nobody ever goes to
Madagascar! It was unbelievable. I took a trip to a small island nicknamed the Isle of Lemurs. We took a speedboat from the dock to the island and were greeted by children singing and dancing on the beach. We walked along the paths through their village and saw how they lived. When we finally bumped into some Lemurs I went up with a banana in my hand and he jumped right on my shoulder and started eating it. I was told I was lucky he didn't poop on me. It was awesome. They are much bigger than they look in that cartoon movie Madagascar. We kept walking along and the women were selling lace table cloths, vanilla beans and ebony masks. One thing that really stood out to me was how many children there were. I would say there was about 25 children for every one adult I saw. Not only that but pretty much every girl I saw over the age of 16 looked pregnant. The other thing that stood out was the heat and humidity. It was so hot that all day my shirt stayed wet and I felt like I'd peed my pants. I was literally dripping with sweat. After we walked through this jungle path they had fruit and drinks waiting for us. I tried one of their tiny bananas and it tasted very different than the ones we get at home. It was much sweeter. Then I played with some of the kids before I hopped on my speedboat back. I feel so lucky to have been a part of that and to have seen a glimpse into their lives.
Sassy ginger from NH off traveling the world.