It’s 7 AM and time to get up. We have been looking forward to this trip for a very long time! We’re off to the jungle!!
With all our photography gear we definitely don’t want to take any risks and so we have hired a car with driver to take us there, instead of using public transport. Our driver, Valerio picks us up at 8.30 and we leave the house for a 3 hour drive to Andasibe (pronounced as An-da-see Bay). It’s a really beautiful drive. Lots of greenery and hills and a village every now and then. We stop for a quick pee break and I see a woman with 2 little children on either side of her. They’re just sitting there, on the side of the road. I remember I have some balloons in our suitcase so I blow them up and approach them. I seem to frighten one of them, so I slow down and awkwardly throw the balloon up in the air showing him he can play with it and that it’s a toy. Neither of the boys have any clue what this crazy white woman just handed them and so they just sit with it. The mother however quickly grabs one of the balloons and starts trying to untie the knot. We continued driving at this stage, so I’m not sure if she managed to get it undone and hope it didn’t pop and scared the 2 little boys off even more.
It’s about 12 when we arrive at the hotel: Feon ‘ny Ala (pronounced as Feonala) and it’s incredibly beautiful! Were shown to our bungalow: an amazing hut with banana leaf roof and balcony looking out over the jungle! Both Lance and I look at each other every now and then and just start laughing. It seems so surreal that we’re here, doing these amazing things! We’re so grateful!
After some food we head out to the lemur park. I’d really been looking forward to this as the animals are very friendly and jump on you. Instead of going to the actual park we decide to go for the slightly less touristy way and go with a local and a canoe, which is seriously amazing! The lemurs are the coolest little animals. They’re jumping on our heads and just chill on our backpacks. We take the canoe and paddle through the beautiful jungle. I feel so privileged I am experiencing all of this!
Hope you enjoyed looking through all my photos! Love to hear what you think of them 🙂
Stay tuned for the next blog post on my “adventures” during the night….