I’m currently writing this sitting in a cafe eating a croissant and having a coffee, feeling very European. Looking outside however, seeing the bright yellow tuc tucs zip around and the various stalls selling ‘maki maki’ t-shirts remind you that you’re in Madagascar.
The past week has been great, with the lovely Alex arriving, more hikes, a talent show and a full moon party. Heidi, Toby, David, Katie, Alex and I have been on some bird survey hikes to try and get to grips with what each bird looks like. There are several different bird watching spots that you hike to and once you get there you spend 10 minutes recording what you can see. I think our plans are to try and nail the species test in the next week so we can be survey ready.
Will, Ed and Pete are still on construction and have been coming back for lunch covered in paint. Yesterday we went to Tanikelly an island with incredible snorkelling, turtles and funky fish everywhere. The reason we spent the night in Helville was because some people (no names mentioned) broke our balcony of our hut back at camp so they’re spending the weekend fixing it.
After arriving in Helville yesterday, one of the weirdest things was seeing cars, as in Nosy Komba the only method of transport is on foot or by boat. When we went for dinner, there was a TV playing Wimbledon which again was strange to be reminded of civilisation.
One of the best things at camp is that you are so unmaterialistic. No wifi and basic living may not be for everyone but it means you actually talk to people rather than being on your phone and you just don’t care what you wear/look like in the morning. It’s been sad this weekend to say goodbye to a lot of people but there’s 20 newbies coming in to camp and hopefully we’ll be able to welcome them in just as we were welcomed. We’re off to catch the boat back to camp so see ya next week!