Archive for December, 2006

Antananananananarivo

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Tana

Welcome to Madagascar, land of lemurs, indris, spices, chocolate, vanilla and as anybody who’s ever faced the prospect of having to pronounce Mr. Rakotolarahalary’s name live on the air, also the land of a million surplus syllables. Most of which are silent. Even the locals have since given up on figuring out how many “na”s in Antananarivo” and what to do with the “o” on the end and the “a” at the start, so everybody just calls it Tana.

It might be a mouthful, but its also a vibrant and friendly African city. Colourful colonial villas on the hills, colourful ramshackle African life in the lowlying areas, and a rapidly turning colourful tourist wandering between them all…