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Published: July 17th 2008
From Rush - We had a long plane trip here, but we had a good conversation with a friend who lives here in Africa. He told us about a creature called the Tokoloshi who takes people who are asleep that don't have bricks under their bed to make the bed higher. They are just like gremlins even if you lock your door they still can get in. The people who have seen them have been lost. So we will ask if there are bricks under the bed at the photo safari hotel. The hotel we are staying in right now is awesome. The ant lions that are in the cone shapped sand holes are bigger than your thumb nail! Thats all I have to say. BYE !!!!
From Matt - We are laying over in Joburg and leave for Kruger tomorrow morning. The animal Rush mentioned above is related to the snipe. It is used to keep young kids in line in South Africa. Our new friend presented this so well that Rush swallowed it whole! Will be fun to see how long it takes for him to figure it out!
Madagascar was absolutely a blast. Assanys family catered
to all our needs and had us scheduled from early morn to late evening. Every meal we shared with them at one of their homes was worthy of a photo and was always more than we could have eaten at several sittings. Rice is the center of every meal, even breakfast. The first time I was served the bowl of rice I thought it was enough for the whole table and then I realized that each of us had a bowl that big! Gayle and I eat a lot of rice but what they served each individual would last Gayle and I two meals.
Antananarivo is the capital and up in the mountains. It was not till we were on our last day that we discovered the old french part. Our hotel the last night there was a classic old french building on a narrow brick cobbled road right next to the Presidents Palace. The area around there is the colonial part of town and really gives the city its character. Wish we had several more days to wander that area just for the architecture and the gardens. Forget the modern hotels and the new part of town. Head
to the colonial area and explore. Our last meal there was at a French restaurant and was the finest restaurant meal of our entire time on the island. Gonna try to play catchup with some photos tonite. Hope to be able to add entries while we are at Kruger but won't know till we get there.
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