We have finished our 2 1/2 years in Madagascar! I remember when we first learned that we were going there, we absolutely didn't know anything about the country, and now, looking back, Madagascar has truly surprised us with a lot of good memories of its friendly people and beautiful landscape. Here are a few things we will miss about Madagascar...
Our home. Good timing and awesome people who approved our housing allowed us to live in a nice home. A big yard, a screened-in porch, a big living space and a spacious kitchen were all put to good use for sure. This house allowed us to host so many events - both for the embassy and the school community. As there were not as many activities to do in Tana, the expat community really survived by making up events almost every week, and at the same time, gave us the opportunity to help out local businesses. Our community of friends became our family there and we will always remember our wonderful time together.
Out of town trips. We will miss the often tiresome but fun road trips we've had. From driving to the rocky hills and crater like roads of of Ambohimanga, to the beautiful Ampefy falls and geyser, the quaint artsy town of Antsirabe, to visiting the lemurs and taking hikes in the rainforests of Andasibe and Saha Forest camp, we enjoyed exploring the country and getting to know the people a little bit better. We also loved that we were close to other islands in the Indian Ocean - Mauritius and Reunion Island, as well as South Africa - places that we wouldn't even dream of going to, if we didn't live in Madagascar.
The wildlife. Ahh, the animals we were able to marvel at and hold in our hands! Lemurs! Big spiders! Tortoises! Chameleons! We will miss the normalcy of seeing some endemic species of birds in our backyard.
We are now on our way to our next adventure! We are going to Japan the second time around! Yay! :)