One thing I always love about traveling is that it puts things in perspective. This was especially true today when I had one of those days that you wish you forget very quickly and the only thing that probably helped was the browsing of my images from Madagascar remembering all the little villages we passed through during the two weeks spent there. We all have problems we deal with on a daily basis but when traveling to places where less fortunate people live you really start to appreciate what you have.
This was the case in the small village of Antsiraraka, where we arrived after a 3 day pirogue trip down the Tsiribihina River and a 30 minute Zebu cart ride (Zebu is the local cow in Madagascar). The village is really basic, but the people we encountered there were full of joy always ready to try to talk to us even though we couldn’t understand much of what they were saying. The accommodation was really basic and yet it somehow felt right to only have electricity from a generator for only a couple of hours while we ate. Because not having electricity just makes you look up at the sky and see thousands of stars!
As you’ve probably guessed already the image below was taken while riding in the Zebu cart and listening to the guy directing his animals while crossing this dry river bed.