Seriously guys, I’ve already gabbed on enough about La Reunion, but want to point out two more highlights of the trip, Le Piton de la Fournaise, an active volcano, and a cozy restaurant called Le QG before returning to posts about Madagascar. Next week, look for some colorful photos I’m eager to share depicting the…… Continue reading Dining and Hiking on La Reunion’s Active Volcano
From a city with more dogs than kids Before coming to the Peace Corps, I lived in Seattle. I will forever think it’s one of the best places on earth, but it is also one of the most childless. Of all the American cities, it has the highest percentage of single adults and one of…… Continue reading From Strangers to Friends: Making Peace with Madagascar’s Swarms of Small Children
Returning to a place in travel carries a comforting sense of familarity, gives us the wonderful opportunity to observe a place without worrying about getting lost, and to grow excited about some hidden gem we get to experience for an unexpected second time. However, it also inevitably urges us to draw comparisons. London in the…… Continue reading A Malagasy Family Holiday in Foul-Pointe
The humidity felt like a second skin as my new friend and I sat collecting “Chang” and “Leo” cans on a hostel porch. A strange distant sound interrupted our conversation. “What was that?” “It sounded like an elephant…” “Impossible, we’re in a city.” Twenty minutes later two men passed in front of our porch, leading…… Continue reading Scenes from a Beaten Path: Thailand
Ile Sainte Marie at Low Season With the weather getting colder and talk of below-freezing temperatures soon to come near the Antsirabe area, a friend and I took advantage of our Easter break from teaching and headed to the east coast, where the bulk of Madagascar’s rainforests grow. Even with the school holiday, Ile Sainte…… Continue reading Meandering Down the East Coast to Ile Sainte Marie
On the Road North… One of the most incredible features of this country are the drastic transformations the landscape, culture, people, and everything undergo in just a few hundred kilometers. Driving north from Madagascar’s capital, the rolling highlands and boulder dotted landscape gradually give way to forests of palm trees, thatch-roofed huts, bursts of tropical…… Continue reading Going Coastal in Mahajunga, Madagascar
In celebration of the fall I’m missing out on below the equator, here are some photos of autumn in Colchester, England and Lyon, France taken during a trip in 2009.