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Published: July 14th 2008
Party at the Beach
Near Diego-Suarez in Northern Madagascar
From Rush - We got to eat cow yesterday. Karl, Assany and i got to swim in a bay. We found lots of sea shells and two of them had hermit crabs in them. Karl and I caught two sandcrabs while we were looking for shells. Today we went to a national forest. We saw lots of lemurs. We also saw flowers that Uncle Gayle had on her wedding. We saw about three waterfalls. We also saw a 30 mm long Chamellion. Thats a little bit bigger than an inch. We saw a chamellion that was about one half foot long. And we saw a gekko that was about 8 inches long. That was my day - BYE!!!!
From Matt - I am on a french keyboard with dial up, so probably no pics and a lot of misspelled words!! I need to make a correction from the last entry. There was no reception at the palace. My mistake. I did opt out of the three hour flight to take what I was told would be a 24 hour drive to Northern Madagascar. Silly Me. 41 hours later I made it. It would take me hours to tell the tale
and this keyboard is driving me crazy! I rode over 600 miles throught the center of Madagascar averaging about 20 mph! We picked up and dropped off folks all along the way. The clutch cable went out, we over heated. all in all about 5 hours of breakdown time. I learned a lot of french vocabulary. Nazir the kat chewing driver had worked on a spanish ship for a while so we would go from spanish to french and malagasy. Nazir, being muslim, would then take it into arabic! In the mean time he wanted to learn the english words! So there you have it. My kidneys are still functioning. My back is ok and Im out of tylenol, but i would not trade the experience away. Will have pics soon. I promise.
From Karl - what a party last night. Assany has more family than we do. I think my nerw body clock is moving with the sunsise & sunset. i seem to be up & down with it. We had a great day today. saw a bunch of local business at the market - intersting. beautiful place down here. cant wait to come back. I miss my
girls & cant wait to see them. cant figure this keyboard out so this will be short. See yall soon.
From Vance - love the country, beautiful place, we need to come back and do it on a motorcycle, assanys family is great, the party was something else, assany as the first person ever in his family that graduated from college....some of the people there make less than 50 US dollars per year....lots of dancing and eating, the kids loved the fact that they could see thier pics on the camera, it made some great memories.....i believe that we have it made in the USA....anytime yall want to fuss about your situation, just come to a 3rd world country....will say more when i know the keyboard.....love you, willie, kiss my boy, and tell him all is good
From Nana - The others hqve given you a good outline of what has been going on. My thoughts have been - what kind of life would I experience if I lived in a 4'x4' house with no lights, one door and no windows... far from any kind of pavement or road that can be easily manuvered at a speed more
than slowly easing from one huge bump to another. Survival is the only thought...from one day to the next. Today's adventure to Amber Park gave me lots to think about. That's pretty much what we saw today. As we were returning, it grew dark, but life goes on and children/people were walking from someplace to some place by the light of the moon. I am in hog heaven experiencing this with M, V, K & R. WOW. No words to describe. Thanks for continuing your interest...and please continue your prayers.
Enough for tonight. NANA
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