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Africa, As A Peace Corps Volunteer, In Photos, Madagascar, The Nomadic Life

Peace Corps Volunteer for a Week: When Shaz Came to Visit

The idea of inviting a non-Peace Corps volunteer to fly all the way to Madagascar and brave Taxi-brousses and kabones (outhouses) while living off rice and beans for a period of time is always an intimidating notion. I’ve tried to paint a realistic enough picture on this blog, but reading about a kabone and experiencing one are two totally different things. Fortunately, when my friend Shaz came last month to visit me, he took all of our little mishaps with surprising stride. On the way up to Mahajunga, our brousse broke down several times, and while I was slouched in my seat muttering “uhg, we’re never going to f*ing make it” he stayed positive. “Maybe we’ll still get there before the pizza place closes! Here! Drink some of the whiskey I brought!” He actually liked the food, especially brochettes (which are one of the most fantastic snacks here… he has good taste). He aslo didn’t complain nearly as much as I did about the rather putrid kabone situation at one of my friend’s sites (the outhouse has gone to shit because the whole middle school uses it). Furthermore, he even tried toka-gasy, the homemade sugar-cane moonshine that’s known to turn people blind, and was enthusiastic about it. Okay, okay, I mostly pressured him into trying toka for my own amusement, so way to go Shaz for taking that bullet! I took a lot of hilarious photos of him and another PCV throwing down shots with looks of utter disgust while I sat by and giggled.

Also, we took a lot of photos

Ankarafatsika CanyonDrink Seller Mahajunga

Mahajunga boardwalk
Girls in the window
Breakfast
Lemur Forest
Mahajunga baobab(1)
Bush

About Jessie Beck

Vagabond in training.

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4 thoughts on “Peace Corps Volunteer for a Week: When Shaz Came to Visit

  1. hey stranger! i’m thinking of visiting my pcv in lesotho for a few weeks and was curious how your friend shaz managed while traveling solo to and from madagascar. i’m a chick so i suppose safety is my biggest concern, but i’m just curious how he managed getting from the airport to you. i just decided to take this trip about 4 hours ago so i haven’t really thought of any questions beyond that; how to get to and from my pvc is i suppose my most pressing quesiton, haha. anywho, lovely pictures! glad i stumbled upon your page :)

    Posted by Amanda | August 21, 2013, 02:45
    • Well, I live close to the capitol and picked him up at the airport. I’m sure your friend would do the same, and if not, I’m sure it’s fine traveling from the airport to your friend alone.

      Posted by beatnomad | August 21, 2013, 07:09
  2. I love the pictures, they are so beautiful!!

    Posted by Mayte | July 25, 2013, 11:14

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