Rice is Life

I know I’ve talked a bit here and there about working in rice fields and eating rice, but I’m not sure I’ve explained exactly how important rice is to Malagasy culture. In short rice is life. Most people here eat it three times a day in amounts that would cause. It’s the main crop that … More Rice is Life

Ringing the Bell!

Today I officially close my service as a volunteer. It has been an incredible two years. At times I didn’t think I would make it to this point, but I’m so glad I did. I will be back in the States soon, but I still have a few blog posts I never got to that … More Ringing the Bell!

A Response to Vanilla Fever:

The following post is a response to this article. You should probably read it for my commentary to make sense. https://mg.co.za/article/2018-03-16-00-vanilla-fever-fear-sours-the-sweet-scent-of-madagascars-success A few months ago I was trapped in the capital because a cyclone had shut down all the flights to my region. While there I met a couple journalists who were also looking to … More A Response to Vanilla Fever:

Travel Mada: Masoala

Why Visit: Masoala is the largest protected area of Madagascar with 2,300 square kilometers of forests and 100 square kilometers of marine parks. The parks is full of sea shores, mountains, lemurs, birds, and other flora and fauna. Where is it: Masoala is located in the “armpit” of Madagascar, south of SAVA and east of Maronsetra. Getting … More Travel Mada: Masoala

Cyclone Season

My first cyclone season in Mada passed uneventfully and I thought the rest would be that way as well. PC had told us what would happen if there was ever an event natural or man made that meant we had to leave our sites, but I thought a political coup would be more likely than … More Cyclone Season