Whose idea was this???
Trip Start Mar 17, 2007
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The second dive is only Mark. Linda, us and the diving master: it is a ball!
By the time we come home, it is raining again. Is this supposed to be a tropical paradise?
Lunch at home and pleasant afternoon. Dr T calls the travel agency, since they do not call us. As expected: no news. Later. Yes, sure.
We are playing cards late afternoon, when our friends, Linda and Mark, drop by. They invite us for diner but we are not hungry yet. After diner, they come and say bye and we persuade them to have a coffee. Linda starts talking about her travels. My chin drops to my chest. If you think our tour is an adventure; you should hear her stories. Like: 20 years ago, travelling through China, with a girlfriend. Almost no money. Lived on water and what they found on the trees. They took a train, for a couple of days, and got the advise to take lots of newspapers. They had to sleep on the floor full of phlegm. And this is just a detail. She remembers every city, in the right order. She lives for travelling. Unfortunately, we have to leave to look for some food. At 21h30. Well, it did not work! No more food in town. Rats are almost running over my feet. Cockroaches everywhere at night. And hour later, I give up. I am going home. Poor hubby: he is starving. We eat whatever is left in the fridge. Watching: 'Life on Mars'. A BBC series we honestly bought. Highly recommended for the BBC series fans.
Next morning, we get up at the usual time. Tomcat calls the travel agency AGAIN. The lady is out. This is NOT going to work is it? Calls again an hour later. Yes, she will call Mauritius and call back. This is 2 days after our request! She does call back to tell us ... that everything is fully booked. Hubby says: thanks for your help. Is that chick lucky she did not have me on the phone! What f..... help? We are 2 days later, need accommodation for TOMORROW and they take 2 days to tell us that everything is full. I am furious. Pick up the phone and start calling myself. Out of our Lonely Planet. First one full. Second one bingo. Reasonable price, A/C, pick up. All done. So, I can do in 10 minutes what a travel agency cannot do in 2 days? A rude theory of mine: the people here stay poor and 20 years behind in time because they do not take any initiative, cannot think outside of the box, are lazy and do not take or take any pride in their job or business.
We walk to the internet café, where we spend a couple of hard working hours. Dr T works on South-Africa, me on Madagascar. I manage to book a very nice hotel for 2 nights in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar: centrally located, A/C and internet. I also send many mails to Nosy Be. That is the main diving island of Madagascar, completely in the north. Roads are almost non existing there, so we need to fly. But that is OK, Air Madagascar flies there and back daily. Dr T looks up nice apartments in Cape Town, where we are staying the last 5 night of South Africa.
We buy ham, cheese and fruit next door and go home for a very late lunch. Followed by a couple of hands of cards. For those who know the game Manillen: guess whose hand is whose?
Packing and I go to bed at 22h, we have to get up at 2h in the morning, the pickup is at 02h55!
Who's idea was this???