Daily Archives: 09/08/2016

Ivoloina Tamatave

Exploring the unknown requires tolerating uncertainty – Brian Greene

One of the most exciting parts of living in a new place and a new country is to explore. We didn’t come to Madagascar to live within the walls of a compound. We came here to live, explore, experience and learn. We are so fortunate to have a wonderful driver who knows his way around the place, it certainly makes life so much easier! So far we have done a couple of short tours around the area.

First proper visit was to Ivoloina Zoo which is not really a Zoo in the traditional way in which you have a whole bunch of animals in cages or pens. This is more of a nature park with rescued Lemurs and a couple of other species of animals which are being taken care off. Anything else within the area is roaming free. As most people reading this will know, Madagascar is home to a vast diverse range of animals, plants and trees which is unique to the island.

To get to Ivoloina is pretty simple but like most things here when it comes to traveling, it takes time! Most of the road is tarmac except for the last 4 km which is a pretty bumpy track which takes you past a couple of villages where you will see people smashing rocks which they will then sell for roads or building.

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Things you see in Qatar

“If idiots could fly, the sky would be like an airport.” – Laura Davenport

Qatar is a funny old place, you see things and have to do a double take to make sure that you are not seeing things.

One of the common ones is seeing kids jumping around in the car without any form of restraint. After all, most of them are being driven by drivers who the kids themselves treat like something stuck to their shoe, quite sad and upsetting to see really. We were shopping once in our little supermarket near our old place and there was this kid which can’t have been much older than 8 or 9, he was having a massive tantrum because he didn’t have enough money to buy more sweets and the driver wouldn’t give him any more. Poor guy, he probably gets paid a pittance anyway. The kid proceeded to shout at him and then start kicking him and hitting him. I hate to imagine what that poor guy would have to put up with in private!

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Cycling

Qatar is building a fabulous infrastructure for cyclists. If only they would keep drivers off the cycle lanes it would be wonderful! I have had several incidents in which I have nearly been knocked off my bike by imbecils driving on the bike lane. Not just driving but absolutely flying!

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Why not teach your kid to drive?

Yeah, great idea, teach your kid to drive, it would help if the spoilt little brat could even reach the pedals and didn’t have to sit on his mother’s lap. Even better still let’s do it in the city centre, where it is nice and safe!

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Nothing makes you feel as welcome as having one queue for locals and one for foreigners!

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