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Adam Willard: Had a great time with some local missionary friends visiting us on Nosy Mitsio over the last week! It's always great to share our new home with others, and even more so when they're nearby friends who've been such a big help and encouragement to us. Wish they could've stayed longer!
I recently wrote a review for Friends of Atticus, discussing Max Barry's awesome book, Lexicon, and considering how culture creates language, or how language defines our thoughts, or even how language, when used properly, can manipulate the thoughts of others. That's the premise of the book anyway, and it's a great read!
Lexicon by Max Barry
Here's a video of how our home on Nosy Mitsio was built, along with a walkthrough of our house after we moved in. We built it with local materials and similar to the local style, so there's lots of footage from around our island and our village. Enjoy!
Surprised by a post-Ramadan flash mob at our house today! Out of nowhere, about 50 guys showed up to do some singing and dancing, to greet us and to give us a blessing for the year to come. We were also expected to treat them with bread and juice which we definitely did NOT have ready and waiting for a group that big. But we improvised quickly and they moved on to the next village. We're always learning more about the local culture, but it'd be great if sometimes we learned something ahead of time, before we're expected to know how to respond!
We have a new story up on our website! It's about an especially terrible plant that grows on our island, and about the invisible things in life that grab our attention and control our lives. Let me know what you think!
The Unseen World | Madagascar Missions
Bat is a delicacy here in Madagascar and now is the season for it, so I ate bat for lunch today! Not as good as I hoped, mostly because there wasn't much meat on it at all. The meat tasted mostly like chicken, but had a funny sort-of dry aftertaste. The sauce was nice though. The second photo is bats being sold at the market here in Ambilobe. There are a TON of huge bats on Nosy Mitsio, but no one eats them there because most people have a taboo against them.
Wow, we've got some crazy luck, not always good. We got back into town last night and just as we were unloading our things at the hotel (one we don't usually stay at, but because the others were full), a guy came up and said to us and to the hotel manager, "There's a fire up there!" As we looked up to the third floor (we were supposed to stay on the second), there was a bright flickering light through the ventilation holes in the wall, and it was getting brighter and smoke rising up! In a few minutes, the fire must've been pretty big, because it was really bright and lots of smoke rising up and people running around causing a commotion. I started putting all our things back in the vehicle, for fear of some kind of repeat like with the taxi moto burning down with some of our luggage in it a few weeks ago.
It turns out the top floor has no rooms and is completely under renovation, and a steel girder that was cut through had some molten sparks land on a foam mattress which eventually (I guess it smoldered for a while) caught on fire and burned brightly. Thankfully they got the fire out quickly with water and we wound up staying here after all. There really weren't any better choices. Crazy luck though!
Our first album of photos from living in Madagascar. Most of these pictures were taken in and around Antsirabe, from October 2011 to January 2012 and showcase Antsirabe’s town life, the surrounding countryside, and our attempts to integrate into the local lifestyle.
Most of these photos were from when Lora’s sister, Heather, visited us in Madagascar. We spent time in Tana, Antsirabe, and moved from there to Tamatave, stopping to see some awesome animals along the way.