• Túrin Bridge

First Days in Madagascar

Hello everyone!

I am sorry it has been so long since I have left any kind of update but although I have been very busy, there hasn’t been too much to report! So far getting even the smallest of things done is proving to be difficult and although now I have almost everything I need to start I have not yet found anywhere to build.

After to-ing and fro-ing across east and central Madagascar, it has become clear that the best place to go is to the North, near Sambava. Sambava is the very heart of Madagascar’s vanilla industry, has a high proportion of farmers amongst its citizens and has many gorgeous national parks at threat from bushmeat poaching and rosewood rustling.

In order to get there, I have to use Madagascar’s taxi-brousses. These are Madagascar’s answer to the question “how can I travel through the country as cheaply and uncomfortably as possible?”. As such, the drive to Sambava will take 50 hours in a minibus, with around 25 people on wooden seats, but for the price of around $50. It would have been much less, but since I am carrying around 40 kilos of batteries, solar panels and pumps these days, it’s hard to argue that I take up as much space as anyone else! In any case, in the next few days I should be at a homestay and *finally* building the farm!

Speak soon, Bridge

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