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Tuesday, November 23, 1999
Antananarivo, Madagascar to Airport, Mahébourg, Mauritius
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Airport, Mahébourg, Mauritius:
Latitude: 20° 25' 59" South
Longitude: 57° 40' 31" East
Altitude: 4670 feet
From Seattle: 13129 miles
Lodging: Transit - Air Mauritius Flight 642 (Mauritius - Singapore)

Today's Travel:
Countries: Madagascar, Mauritius
Regions: Central Midlands, Island
Route: Taxi: 'Tana - Ivato (Antananarivo Airport); Air Mauritius flight 284: Ivato - Mauritius; Air Mauritius Flight 642: Mauritius - Singapore
Start: Antananarivo, Madagascar
Stop 1. Ivato (Antananarivo Airport), Madagascar
End:Airport, Mahébourg, Mauritius
Linear:679 miles
Weather: Sunny / Partial Sun

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 957
Linear Dist: 190226
Countries Visited: 63
Regions Visited: 246
More stats...
Hotels: 308
Friends / Family: 231
Camping: 120
Hostels: 220
Transit: 64
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 3390

Journal Entry:
Hellish day. I negotiated a taxi without any trouble but it then took forever to get to the Ivato airport. At the airport I find out that the airport tax on international flights is 100,000 FMg - I thought it was 80,000. Luckily I have some French Francs left from almost two years ago. Then at the checkin counter they're upset because I didn't confirm. No problem though, they check my luggage through to Singapore. I specifically ask about the Mauritius - Singapore flight - "No Problem". The flight is the seemingly mandatory two hours late. While I'm sitting there I notice that the fabric of one of my pants legs is burned almost all the way through - these are my only pair of pants besides a pair of jeans. They must have gotten damaged in the washing I had done in Toliara - great. I'm sitted next to two huge Malagays who were behaving like spoiled five year olds. They kept calling the attendant over to ask for something else - and laughing hysterically about it. One of them lit a cigarette and pretended not to understand when he was told he couldn't smoke on board.

In Mauritius I've decided to go in to Port Louis - even with the flight being over an hour late five hours is too much to sit around the airport for. Because of the trouble in Ivato I decide to make sure the next leg is Ok and go talk to the reservations desk - Problem. My reservation had been cancelled due to no confirmation. So I spend the next six and a half hours at an airport that doesn't even have a vending machine, much less a restaurant or cafe. The highlight was trekking out to the taxi drivers rest stop in the parking lot. The guy who runs it befriends me and feeds me well (something like falafel, but with chilies - yum). Finally at 10:30 pm they give me a seat. Phew, I was really starting to worry because if I couldn't get on tonight or Friday (the next flight - also full) I was going to have to change the remainder of my tickets - and that's very hard to do this close to the holidays (I'm told nothing is left in to Australia for example). I am again impressed with Air Mauritius - they may be the only flights I've ever been on with plenty of leg room for me. My in-flight entertainment system must have rebooted a half dozen times though...

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

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