We’ve arrived in Antananarivo (finally!) 2 hours clearing customs but made it alive and well. We’re staying at a guest house until tomorrow’s early helicopter to Mandritsara. The French influence is really obvious-brands like E.Leclerc are everywhere, and loads of shops selling foie gras, Camembert and baguettes-it’s even possible to get confit de canard without too much trouble in Tana! Where we’re heading is much more remote -no cheese, no bacon (sob) – so we’ve stocked up.
That’s the view from the guest house-rice paddies are EVERYWHERE. So far on the wildlife front I’ve catalogued an abundance of brightly coloured, very speedy tiny birds, grasshoppers bigger than anything on I’m a Celeb, and hulking great black and orange moths the size of your face. I’ll make an effort to find out the actual names for them – Bush Tucker Trial Locust is about as fun as taxonomy gets, but definitely not correct!
I’ll try to upload a photo or two with this, but internet connection is a bit variable. I’ll do my best!