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When I said "Mora Mora"

...I meant it. Seven  months after our Madagascar trip, I give you the last of the photos.

Just looking at them all again makes me hungry to return.

Donuts! Fresh hot donuts

Tuning the cabosse

Donuts! Fresh hot donuts

Jo's is fixing a nourishing breakfast before we set out for Ambatofotsy (pronounced Am-bat-o-ffT), home of the king.

Tuning the cabosse

It only cost four euros, so I guess that's a pretty good reason why the strings are hard to accord (is that the term in English, too?).

Big boy

Noé

Big boy

This gecko--a different species than the ones I usually see--was twice the size of any gecko I've ever seen. Too bad there isn't another one next to it to give you an idea of its size.

Noé

A green pigeon that Jo "rescued" from the kids on
Nosy Berafia. I say "rescued" because he told us that
once Noé reached adulthood, he was going to
become a tchaki-tchaki (appetizer).

Helping mother

Let me fix your hair

Helping mother

Right now, she thinks of this as a game, but give her
a few years and it'll be a chore she tries to get
out of. ;o)

Let me fix your hair

The women in Mayotte help one another fix their hair,
too. They find a bit of shade and style it in various
ways, either braids or divided into segments
topped with poofy twists.

Snug Malagasy hut

Boutre under construction

Snug Malagasy hut

Almost all of the homes in Ambatofotsy--residence of the king--were well-kempt and decorated with plants. Paradoxically, whenever a house had some default (age, or too damaged by a storm) it was just left to rot. o.O

Boutre under construction




Chicken coops

Machetes

Chicken coops

Ingenious coops made from layers of the banana plant's pseudostem. The part on the right of the forefront coop is the door, and the coop is closed at night to keep the hen in and the predators out.

Machetes

In Mayotte, I don't think I've ever seen a woman
carrying a machete in the bush, but these
women obviously make a habit of cutting and
gathering what they need.

UPS

Floodplain

UPS

Unidentified, Pretty Seeds



Floodplain

We went for a hike in the hills behind Ambatofotsy, and once we topped this rise of pink quartz, we could see the mangrove and floodplain before us and La Grande Terre stretching out to our right as a series of hills covered in white-trunked trees.

Metissé

Fish on a stake

Metissé

I'm not metissé, but when I was younger, I was
"mad" at my parents for not being of mixed races. :-P 
And may I just say I love having dreadlocks.
Nothing beats being able to tie your hair in a
knot (and have it stay) to get it off your neck.

Fish on a stake

If ever you are having a cookout with whole fish and
have a little time, I definitely recommend this as a
cooking method of choice. Juicy with a lightly
smoked flavor. Yum. 

Dinner is served

Cabosse player

Dinner is served

These toothy fish (groupers) are quite toothsome.


Cabosse player

Flavio plays the harmonica that we gifted him while
a boy (he says maybe he's 15; he's not sure) plays
the cabosse. Julien wanted to take lessons from him,
for he played quite well, but the boy was too shy.

Dancers

Her Highness

Dancers

Here are the girls who can put music video dancers to shame. Luckily the girl in the pink tshirt is screening me and I'm saved from having my participation immortalized.

Her Highness

The woman on the left is the princess, daughter of
the king. She's playing one of the bamboo-seed instruments while we dance.

The party never ends

The party never ends

Jo Black keeps trying to make us go to bed, citing the
early hour at which we must rise, but no one is
listening to him. Certainly not Mena. :P

"Don't worry. No one eats chicken for breakfast"

The Réunoinais have this same type of long-legged chicken. Even though it is supposedly difficult to cook (its meat is very tough), they all swear it's a superior fowl. :P

Malagasy mutt

Malagasy man in hat

Malagasy mutt

Malagasy man in hat

hardworking hands

Julien sounds the departure

hardworking hands

Julien sounds the departure

What a sad sound, announcing our return to Nosy Be, and the end of our Alefa journey.

Too soon

Holy Mackerel

Too soon

It's the morning of our return, and already I feel a
touch of melancholy that the pirogue adventure is
at its end.

Holy Mackerel

Caught another fish on the line. Flavio and Mena have already made a dish of the last stowaway duck, so the fish will be given to the crew when we get back to Nosy Be.

Glad our lunch is in his hands

Watch those flames

Glad our lunch is in his hands

I wouldn't trust myself to winnow the rice over the edge of the pirogue (you can see how the boat is tilting by looking at the horizon), but Flavio has no such fear.

Watch those flames

We don't want our trip to be over, but we'd rather it
came to an and by making land than by having the
boat burn under our feet.

Humpback calf

The colors of paradise

Humpback calf

Seeing a humpback cow and her calf made the trip back to Nosy Be more bearable.

The colors of paradise


Alefa boat

Indoor market - crabs

Alefa boat

Another boatload of travelers heading back to Nosy Be. Three Alefa pirogues stopped here for lunch. With the crews prepared the meals, we went snorkeling. It sounds cliché, but it was really like being in an aquarium.

Indoor market - crabs

Baskets of black-mud-smeared crabs. Not very
appetizing to look at.

Indoor market - veggies

Food vendor

Indoor market - veggies

*sigh* if only we had such a selection of vegetables in Mayotte. I'm speaking of quality, quantity, and price.







Food vendor

Julien and I bought two samosas each from this girl.
They were so delicious we had to have more,
and, naturally, since the samosas were so good,
we had to sample her beignets, both sweet and
savory. I can't remember exactly what we ate, but I
know it was good. An impromptu feast to ease the frustration of not being able to find a taxi--not that there weren't any taxis, only that they wanted to make us pay a "special" price, which meant kicking out the other passengers so we had the car to ourselves and then charging us four times the fare.

Back to Mayotte

 

Back to Mayotte

At the airport. We had fun. Maybe we'll go back in October with Julien's mother.

 


Coming soon: La Réunion!

Comments

( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
frigg
Apr. 17th, 2008 12:43 pm (UTC)
Great photos! And the UPS cracked me up. :D
mnfaure
Apr. 17th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
*lol* Thanks.
cathemery
Apr. 17th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous! Thanks for letting me vicariously tag along. Pity I have to eat my cooking after all that, though. . . .;)
mnfaure
Apr. 17th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
If I can get ahold of Flavio's private number, I'll send him your way. That boy's a mean cook. And Mena ain't half bad either.

And I just now realized how much food came up in this photo post. I wonder if I was hungry at the time of choosing the pics...
cathemery
Apr. 17th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
It's a peculiarity life. Eating and the inevitable result of it. But, you know, as my pal Roger said years ago: Eat or die!
mnfaure
Apr. 18th, 2008 09:36 am (UTC)
I prefer eating. :P
cathemery
Apr. 18th, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC)
Me too!

I knew we had things in common. Evil twins, eating - what could be a better foundation for a long-distance friendship? ;)
mnfaure
Apr. 18th, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
Hear, hear! A relationship should be founded on the essentials. :D
footlingagain
Apr. 17th, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
Wow.

That's all.

Well, maybe not quite all *g* The 'Colours of Paradise' one would look stunning as a huge picture on a white wall. (They all would, actually.)

I'm drifting off on a cloud of vicarious contentment, now :)

mnfaure
Apr. 17th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, I just adore that melange of blues and greens. Really stunning.

Don't float on too far on that cloud (Makes me think of the Stones' song, "Get Off of My Cloud," which I used to harrass the local dj into playing for me every night for a couple of weeks when I was a teen)--I have more photos to wow you with. :D
kmkibble75
Apr. 18th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
Great photos, as always. Hopefully we'll get a few more years of 'em. :-)
mnfaure
Apr. 18th, 2008 09:39 am (UTC)
Well, with posts of one vacation stretched out over seven months, I may still be posting photos from this hemisphere when we get back to mainland France. :P
kmkibble75
Apr. 18th, 2008 12:13 pm (UTC)
Sweet! ;-)
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