Interlude in Toliara

Toliara Travel Blog

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We spent three days in Toliara, trying to decide whether to change our flights from Tana and go to Fort Dauphin, but eventually decided against it, because travel is so difficult in Madagascar and it would have taken us a week on the road just to spend a couple of days down south. We were able to check our email for the first time in almost two months and found the disturbing news that our tenant in New York was going to move out three months early and that my dad had had heart surgery in our absence. We called my parents (which sounds easy but was not) and found out that he was doing well, was in good spirits and spending most of his time on the golf course again, thank God.
We also started to email people back at home in order to find a new tenant… Despite all this we had a nice time in Toliara, mainly just walking around exploring the town, of which we have absolutely no photos since we were scared into leaving the camera at the hotel (the dentist’s wife had been thrown down some boulders and badly injured in a camera-mugging). We had excellent food there, from various street and other cheap local sources and started to wonder why everybody was so keen on pizza when there was fresh fish in ginger-and-scallions to be had and zebu on a stick and for breakfast the best Indian pastries we had ever had from an establishment run by a family who had formerly lived in Montreal.
On our last evening, we had dinner at a fine Malagasy restaurant on the water and were treated to half an hour of fireworks in honor of the end of the Island games right in front of us. It was grand. The next day, which was our wedding anniversary, we flew to Antananarivo and from there to Mauritius.

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