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[sam-ba-chra] blessed to be happy|happy to be blessed

Surprised or Not?!

1. Cow carts & fancy cars drive on public roads and highways

Porche Cayenne ($75,000 USD) and Pushcart (homemade) sharing the road in Tana

Porche Cayenne ($75,000 USD) and a Pushcart (homemade) sharing the road in Tana

2. All roads are two lane and windy; no 4, 6, 8, 10 lane highways here!

3. Our grocery store sells flour tortillas but no corn ūüė¶

4. Favorite sports: soccer (football), basketball, rugby

5. No stadium seating movie theaters in town

6. Shoprite: major grocery store = no where close to Target size

7. FLM (the Malagasy Lutheran Church) has traditional liturgy with organ/keyboard music every Sunday

Fiangonana Loterana Malagasy - Malagasy Lutheran Church

Fiangonana Loterana Malagasy – Malagasy Lutheran Church

8. Local “farmers” markets everywhere!

Fruit market - Fresh and local all year long!

Fruit market – Fresh and local all year long!

9. A kennel to take our dog to when we travel (only one in town).

Good girl Puba, guard that house!

Good girl Puba, guard that house!

10. Cheese! Brie, blue, goat, parmesan, mozzarella, swiss (no extra sharp cheddar though).

Tanya milking a cow. Check out them get ups!  Livin' the life.

Tanya milking a cow. Check out them get ups! Livin’ the life.

11. Hotely = rice fast food

akoho saosy sy vary (chicken sauce with rice)

12. People have pet turtles.  Dogs & cats are for  protection only

Pet Turtle.  No potty training needed!

Pet Turtle. No potty training needed!

13. Power outages = common; high speed internet = common; cell phones = common; television = common; public transportation / walking to get where you need to go = common

How Public Transportation is done in Madagascar

How Public Transportation is done in Madagascar

14. French Fries with good ketchup

ovy endasina (french fries!  with ketchup!)

15. Coca-cola!  No diet, lime, or caffeine free though

16. Homemade yogurt & cheese.  Fresh eggs!  No refrigeration

17. No dancing lemurs.  Lemurs are pretty much found only in National or Private Parks.

Brown Lemur

Brown Lemur

**Also, no elephants, zebras, lions, monkeys or other “typical” african animals live in Madagascar**

Dancing Ringtail Lemurs...nah.

Dancing Ringtail Lemurs…nah.

18. Christianity represents 50% of the population.  The other 50% is of traditional beliefs.

19. Restaurants in Antananarivo: Tex-Mex, Indian, Korean, Chinese, Italian, Tapas, American foods, Pizza galore, French = ALL delicious!

20. The rice is red & delicious.  Most Malagasy people eat rice 3 times a day.  Morning, Noon, & Night = rice!

Rice is grown pretty much ALL over Madagascar and eaten at all three meals

Rice is grown pretty much ALL over Madagascar. A beautiful view of rice fields in Antananarivo.

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9 thoughts on “Surprised or Not?!

  1. Brian Propst on said:

    Very interesting list! But one of your facts is wrong. Flour tortillas are better that corn (just ask any kid) so your inflection on the frown face is false.

  2. Megan Mmapula on said:

    Love this. Thanks for the lesson! I still wanna come visit!!!

  3. Not surprised that you have lots of great fruit & veggies – or that cars & carts share the road… Or even that you have no elephants (tho that is sad). I am surprised that you have cheese! How grand! And a guard cat is a new thought altogether.

  4. Anonymous on said:

    Can’t wait to see you!!!!

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