|And we're off - second day|
The boat is loaded, and we are leaving Anjiabe (The Big Sand) for Ambariomena (The Red Court).
|How slow can you go?|
Maybe people think I was being mean about S&O and their extreme laziness when helping unload the boat, but here is a series of pics that shows just how sloooooow they went compared to everyone else.
|More than one way to scale a fish|
Flavio taught J a new technique for de-scaling a fish. Very handy!
|Village across the way|
Fishing village where there is also a small school.
While everyone else rests and J snaps photos, I decide to paint some scenery.
|granary in watercolor|
|Pestling the rice|
A woman's work is never done.
J wanted to help but ended up making a mess instead.
|The Plate Whisperer||Home on piles|
|I spy||Boy with slingshot|
|Apero time again|
Who needs a drink? Make mine a virgin, please.
Man, that Flavio could COOK!
|Mocherolle de Mayotte|
Some of the wildlife around the village...
Geckos galore in Madagascar.
Don't know what kind he is.
She's an ugly critter.
|Another Alefa boat|
We left Madriokely on the same day as this pirogue, but we were never in the same campsite and only crossed one another a few times on the water.
Heading back to Ambariomena from the mangrove. We didn't see any crocs, but the scenery was well worth it.
Coming out of the mangrove.
It is dawn and already the cookfires are burning in the village across the bay. Funnily enough, early-early morning was my favorite time on the trip, the smells, the sights, the sounds.
|Rise and shine|
What is it about traveling and splendid locales that can make even me, who is not normally a morning person, rise to meet the dawn with such joy?
Off to work he goes.
|Back on the boat|
Morning of the third day. O has to go back to Madriokely, so we loaded up all our things and moved to a campsite on a presque-île near Ambariomena.
|Sunset on the village|
As seen from our second encampment at Ambariomena
|Fixing the target|
A stick, half a coconut shell, a few rocks, and we're ready to go for hours of entertainment.
|Ambariomena - a stone's throw away|
One of the children's games: try to knock the coconut shell off the stick. Times Miquela hit the shell: 3. Times the boy in red hit it: 150, give or take a few...
|The Red Court at sunrise|
View from our second campsite.
|Doing the dishes|
Sand and seawater, that's all you need for clean dishes.
|Red dress||Hide tide at dawn|
|Early riser||Morning stroll|
This kid must have been all of three years old, just wandering around on his own on the presque-île....