Santa Baby

Santa baby, slip some netflix under the tree, for me been an awful good girl Santa baby, and hurry down to Mada tonight   Santa baby, a visit from my family too, would do I’ll wait up for you dear, Santa baby, and hurry down to Mada tonight   Think of all the fun I’ve … More Santa Baby

Brousse Stations

You know that game where you have to move the block around? This is a bit what a brousse station is like, except each block is has a mind of its own as well as being directed by about 7 other people.   Here I’m sitting in the front of a brousse waiting for it … More Brousse Stations

The Bees Knees

I have a new found appreciations for bees and other pollinators. The magnolia is such an ancient species that it is pollinated by a beetle because bees didn’t exist when the species first evolved. Here in Madagascar certain lemurs pollinate trees by having the pollen cling to their fur.  Unfortunately the bee that pollinates the … More The Bees Knees

The Vanilla Queendom

Since moving to my new site back in March I also moved into the vanilla capital of the world. Here’s a look at what it takes to grow the world’s most popular flavor. While most people have heard about Mexican Vanilla and Madagascar Vanilla what they might not know is that there isn’t a difference … More The Vanilla Queendom

World Toilet Day!

Just a reminder to thank your toilet! World Toilet Day is Nov 19th and in honor of that here are a few facts about toilets that you might now remember every time you go to flush. -2.4 billion people living without a toilet -892 million people still practice open defecation -Diarrhea caused by poor sanitation … More World Toilet Day!

Toddler Life

A day in the life of my host brother. He will 2 in December. 5:00 – I wake up but I’m convinced to go back to sleep so my parents can have a little bit of sanity. 6:00 – Now it’s time for me to really wake up, but I have feelings about this so … More Toddler Life

SAVA Surcharge

Madagascar is in the process of changing the look of its currency. It’s also added the new bill, 20,000 A, which is nice for large purchases, but otherwise it’s like trying to buy something at a kid’s lemonade stand with a hundred dollar bill. The SAVA region is a bit different than the rest of … More SAVA Surcharge