Ile Sainte Marie

Trip Start May 02, 2010
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Trip End Jul 07, 2010


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Flag of Madagascar  , Toamasina,
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Even though we have been planning on exploring the whole island of Santa Maria, weve been "stuck" on the smallest island for several days now. It's always the same; "we'll do it tomorrow". In truth, this island is so intoxicating that it is very easy to just sit by the pier and watch as the pirogues take passengers across the water. i find myself constantly waking up from the bed just to walk a few steps into the terrace and lie down on the hammock. There's a small village 15 minutes away from here and when walking there it is obvious that they are getting used to the white man. There are a few small shacks that sell handicrafts to tourists, and apparently there's a 5-star hotel being built on the middle-sized island. I'm glad we came now because i've a feeling this place will be packed with tourists in a few years.

La Petit Traverse is the name of the place we have rooms during our stay. It's run by Oki, a South-African bear of a man. He is a great host and clearly cares a big deal about the island. He lent me his gear so yesterday I snorkled  for the first time in my life. It was so much fun! I was swimming with the fishies and couldn't stop giggling like a little girl while doing it. We were planning on walking around the island today but screw that, we went snorkling instead.

Homesickness is beginning to hit. It's not like I want to go back to Finland, but still. There's no thinking and pondering things when you're on the road, trying to catch this, worrying about that, if you still have your shit together, if you're being screwed by a taxi driver. There's just too much crap you've to focus on so you don't really have the luxury of time to wonder how your friends and family are doing. It's when you start relaxing a bit and get all that extra weight off your mind that these thoughts begin pouring in. There's absolutely nothing wrong with this place in itself. It's just missing a few people who I wish could be here also.

Also I'm worrying about our coming endevours. Mostly Tanzania, because we don't have a travel guide to that country. Not that it's a huge deal, but when you arrive to a dark, strange town in the middle of the night and touts surround you, offering to carry your bag and pulling on you to follow them, it's good to have a small list of hotels/guesthouses and a map to give you an idea where the hell you should be heading... Don't know, i guess we'll nose it out. It'll be fun, after the initial vitutus. Also in my mind is South Africa. The soccer finals are a few days after our departure from Joburg so it's probably going to be tough as shit to find places to sleep when we do get there...

Speaking of SA, we met this nice Canadian guy called Tymo here who's got tickets to difrent games and he asked us if we'd like to join him for one when we're in Johannesburg. That would be pretty freaking cool man. I guess we'll stay in touch through e-mail (he doesen't use a phone)  to let him know when we're arriving and see what games are going at that time. I'm not really that in to soccer but hitting up the SA games would be really an experience. I hope this will happen. Thanks Tymo.

Ok well I think food is ready soon, gonna go grab a tummy full of fish and maybe knock back a couple of beers.

Also, I forgot to say last time. Happy birthday mom! Love and miss you <3

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