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Monday, November 22, 1999
Toliara to Antananarivo, Madagascar
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Antananarivo, Madagascar:
Latitude: 18° 54' 40" South
Longitude: 47° 31' 34" East
Altitude: 4670 feet
From Seattle: 12429 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Karibotel

Today's Travel:
Country: Madagascar
Regions: Southern, Central Midlands
Route: Taxi: Toliara - Airport; Air Madagascar flight 397: Toliara - Fort Dauphin; Air Madagascar flight 375: Fort Dauphin - Ivato (Antananarivo Airport); Taxi: Ivato - 'Tana
Start: Toliara
Stop 1. Ivato (Antananarivo Airport)
End:Antananarivo, Madagascar
Linear:438 miles
Weather: Sunny / Partial Sun

Available Photos:

The "Cosmetics" section of the market Random market, Antananarivo, Madagascar

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 956
Linear Dist: 189547
Countries Visited: 63
Regions Visited: 246
More stats...
Hotels: 308
Friends / Family: 231
Camping: 120
Hostels: 220
Transit: 63
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 3387

Journal Entry:
Got to the airport an hour and a half early (once bitten...), no problems checking in. Then had to sit there for nearly four hours as the plane was more than two hours late. I really can't figure out what I like about this country - sometimes it really seems like it doesn't like me. Ran in to Andrew (one of the Australians I played pool with the other night) so at least I had someone to hang out with. The flight in to Fort Dauphin was probably the roughest flight I've ever had - almost rollercoaster like. Luckily the leg to 'Tana was a lot smoother.

In 'Tana I decided to get a reasonably nice hotel room - I deserve it. Ended up at the Karibotel - pretty much the top of the line for locals. I'm going to get over $50 worth of FMg refunded (from my unused air leg) so I have to spend it (I don't think it can be exchanged back) - I love being able to justify things. I spent the afternoon exploring a market that I saw on my way out of town last week. It's a huge market and was really enjoyable - obviously not may foreigners go and the people were very hospitable. One thing really worried me though. In the back of the market there was a section selling live animals. All the usualls: chickens, rabits, ducks, and geese, but there were also tons of cats leashed there. I'm not sure if they were supposed to guard the birds (they were all around the are selling various fowl), or... I decided not to ask as I've been eating quite a few unknowns lately. I bought a power adapter to run my toys, and some different foods I hadn't tried. Didn't do to well this time both were meat things and had a very weird consistency - I'm guessing some kind of organs.

Bought a T-shirt, besides saraongs and the whistles from my first day, it's the only thing I've bought here. Hit the internet cafe. I was going to just pop in then head to the Hilton to see if I could find a book. It didn't work that way. Even after getting rid of all the junk mail I still had nearly thirty messages. I stayed an hour and downloaded them and got my journal updated.

I was going to have diner at my usual place, but then I opted for an expensive (relatively) place hat Thomas and Christine had recomended. It was good, but the other place would have been better. Was back in my room pretty early.

Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Madagascar
CIA World Fact Book: Madagascar

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