I’ve been at my new site for a little over a month and loving it. I finally have all my stuff unpacked and the house clean (at least for the next 5 minutes). My new house is a bit different from my last two. It is made of woven bamboo with a banana leaf roof. … More New House, Who Dis?
An overview of my first year as a volunteer told through memes
When I was a kid I used to love teacher training days. Mainly because this meant I didn’t have to go to school. Also because we would have a babysitter and I would likely get frozen pizza or some other treat that I normally didn’t. My parents on the other hand generally grumbled about having … More Training Teachers
Why Visit: Ankarana national park in northern Madagascar was established in 1956. Ankarana means the place of rocks, which makes sense as a large portion of the park is made of a large limestone formation that has been eroded away to sharp points. These rocks are called the tsingy, which comes from the Malagasy word … More Travel Mada: Ankarana National Park
Before coming to Madagascar I had no idea how many ways there were to eat a banana. I honestly only had the vaguest notion that there were multiple species of bananas other than the one found in the grocery store. Coming here I’ve been able to experience different banana varieties, but different ways to prepare … More Crazy for Bananas
Why Visit: Isalo is the largest national park in Madagascar so you can spend days and days here or pop by for a day and still get to see a variety of what the park has to offer. The park was established in 1962 and features large sandstone formations that have been eroded into beautiful … More Travel Mada: Isalo National Park
I’m not sure what led the first duck to fall into the well. Perhaps it really wanted to play in the water and didn’t realize it wouldn’t be able to get out. I found it swimming around one morning when I went to get water from the well. I then spent several minutes attempting … More POTD: Ducks in a Well
I’m starting a series of posts about parks and locations I’ve been to in Madagascar. Why Visit: Anja Park was established in 1999 and run by the community instead of being a national park. The park is approximately 75 acres and has one of high population densities of ringtail lemurs in the country. The park … More Travel Mada: Anja Park
Being raised to be environmentally concision and spending the last 6 years studying water I try to limit my water use. Thought I suppose the number of pools I’ve swam in over the years may have offset this a bit. Collecting my own water from a well everyday, I’ve become even more aware of my … More What’s my water use?
Due to some ongoing problems with my housing, security, and work in Befotaka I will be moving sites. I’ll be moving to Ambohimanarina in the SAVA region. SAVA is in the northeast part of the country and is where most of the vanilla is grown. While the roads within the region are better than average … More I’m Moving!