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Old 02-28-2014, 04:04 AM   #271
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitis_arietans

So, if that is what it is, then yes!

Edited to add the relevant bit...

"The fatality rate highly depends on the severity of the bites and some other factors. Deaths can be exceptional and probably occur in less than 10% of all untreated cases (usually in 2–4 days from complications following blood volume deficit and a disseminated intravascular coagulopathy), although some reports show that severe envenomations have a 52% mortality rate.[2][15] Most fatalities are associated with poor clinical management and neglect.[4][6]"
It does look very similar, but when I looked at the distribution map, it doesn't live in Madagascar (apparently!)
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Old 02-28-2014, 04:14 AM   #272
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Laugh Ferry Loading

Getting off the island was a bit busier - two boats were moored side by side, and at this point things looked reasonably sensible and sane.


Then the tuk tuk boys arrived

and they loaded up - some having problems getting up the loading ramp



I was allocated the other boat - there does seem to be some sort of system, but I couldn't work out what it was. Mine had a steeper ramp and to the untrained eye, the ferry looked pretty full already...
But they were determined to squeeze Suzi in.



The ferry didn't sink and back on the mainland...


I headed off to do some exploring

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Old 03-20-2014, 01:10 AM   #273
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I'm in the north of Madagascar, exploring some of the less visited areas.



The landscapes are stunning




I scramble down the hill side to get a closer picture.


I realised it wasn't much good just taking a picture of these unusual pinnacles (or tsingy as they are called in Madagascar) from a distance, I needed something to give it some sense of scale...





It gets a bit steeper in places
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Old 03-20-2014, 01:45 AM   #274
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Diego Suarez, not the name of a character in Zorro but the most northerly town in Madagascar. I felt a sense of achievement, I'd now made it from the most southerly, Fort Dauphin all those weeks ago. The plan was to have a rest here, explore a bit then start heading south.
The hotel might be cheap ($9a night including breakfast), the terrace and its views as I eat breakfast are incredible.



And they've got WiFi so a chance to send some emails and let family know I'm still in one piece.

I head off to the market for some food


Various pickled condiments are available, including some lethal looking chillis


And then a stall that looks like a cross between a comedy sketch involving rubber chickens and a scene from a horror film
It's a BYO (Bring Your Own) with a difference - the Chicken Boys are in town. Turn up with your recently purchased chicken, live or dead, they're not picky (the guys not the chickens!). They will kill it, pluck it and even gut it if so required.




This guy is the pedicure expert


Time for any self-respecting vegetarian to move on I think...off to the fruit and veg section


A sight for every Francophile to smile at


Prices are in Francs

I must explain that officially the currency is the Ariary, it was changed nine years ago and re-valued. However in many places, prices are still quoted in Malagasy Francs, which causes me some confusion at times, one Ariary is worth five Francs.
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Old 03-20-2014, 07:49 AM   #275
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Sure good to hear from you again. Don't recall ever seeing a place before that looks so much like our Bryce Canyon in Utah. Very interesting. Glad you made it to Diego Suarez where you could crash for a while. Looks like a nice place to catch up with things and get some rest. Hope that worked out.
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:30 AM   #276
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Love all those weird, deformed fruit and veg - just as mother nature intended!
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Old 03-20-2014, 01:43 PM   #277
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Tiffany - your personal RR is great - gives the flavour of what it is like fighting the dust/mud/rock and your pictures are so good. I'm so impressed by all of it.
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Old 03-22-2014, 07:14 AM   #278
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Sure good to hear from you again. Don't recall ever seeing a place before that looks so much like our Bryce Canyon in Utah. Very interesting. Glad you made it to Diego Suarez where you could crash for a while. Looks like a nice place to catch up with things and get some rest. Hope that worked out.
Take care. Hope you can post again soon.
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Hoping to get the rest of this RR finished very soon! As for those Tsingy things - very, very weird.

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Love all those weird, deformed fruit and veg - just as mother nature intended!
And the smell from the fruit makes you remember that's what fruit is supposed to smell like.

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Tiffany - your personal RR is great - gives the flavour of what it is like fighting the dust/mud/rock and your pictures are so good. I'm so impressed by all of it.
Thank you, glad you're enjoying it.
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Old 03-22-2014, 09:16 AM   #279
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A Sombre Moment

I wandered around town and on the outskirts I spotted this tranquil place






The sign out front



It's the final resting place of Commonwealth Soldiers who died here during the Second World War, I found out a bit more about this remote part of the planet which had become embroiled in battle scenes that I mostly associated with Europe, the Far East and North Africa. This is one of the few places south of the equator that saw action including some Japanese midget submarines which entered the harbour .
I wandered around the cemetary, which is beautifully maintained, reading the inscriptions and feeling for these young men who had died a long way from home.

The Welsh Fusilier



The African Corporal

And the Belgian Soldier



And placed flowers on this Trooper's grave.

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Old 03-22-2014, 09:33 AM   #280
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I went further afield exploring along the coastline on some dirt tracks to blow the cobwebs away.


The track eroded away through the soft dirt of the ground



It was fun to ride



I reached the coast once more


Leaving Suzi the bike in the shade next to a cafe I headed out across the bay in a boat


The sea is a beautiful colour and so incredibly clear.




We stopped at an island where the boat guy caught some fish

which within minutes were on a plate ready to eat



I skipped the fish, but had a couple of beers, this is the woman who cooked the fish


The deckhand had a nap in the shade under the sail



On the way back, I persuaded the boat man to stop so that I could have a swim.

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Old 03-22-2014, 01:45 PM   #281
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Trooper W. Bond smiled down from above.


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Old 03-22-2014, 09:10 PM   #282
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On the way back, I persuaded the boat man to stop so that I could have a swim.


I'm betting you didn't have to do too much persuading
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Old 03-23-2014, 08:07 AM   #283
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Thanks Tiffany! As usual the pic’s and report are great! You know how to travel for sure.
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Old 03-23-2014, 11:16 AM   #284
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Great photos full of colors

Thank you for sharing your adventures

While waiting for the continuation...

See you soon and safe journey

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Old 03-23-2014, 11:26 AM   #285
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I went further afield exploring along the coastline on some dirt tracks to blow the On the way back, I persuaded the boat man to stop so that I could have a swim.


I had a swimming pool which looked like has that...

(In my dreams... )

This blue is incredible...
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