This weekend Savanna and I took a second trip to Fianarantsoa, the second biggest city in Madagascar. You can read about our first visit here.
We didn’t get off to a good start. The taxi brousse ride there was one of the most hellish experiences of my life. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, this country is NOT made for tall people. Once we were there though things looked up considerably. Fredo, our boss back at camp, had rung ahead to request a larger bed for me, the ‘Tall Vazaha’!
We spent the afternoon eating icecream at every given opportunity, and stocking up on supplies from the single supermarket. This time some of the souvenir shops were open, so we got to visit Carambole and Maki, both famous gift shop chains. I bought some really pretty traditional wooden carvings.
We spent Sunday exploring all the places we missed the first time around. Our walk into town was a little surprising, as google maps called the picture below a ‘main road’!
We got great views of the city, smaller villages, sports fields and a church. We visited Libraire Saint Paul, where we bought lots of little handmade bits and pieces to take back home.
After walking through town, we found Pierrot Men’s studio – Madagascar’s most famous photographer. Known for his black and white photographs, he had his first exhibition in 1985 and has been travelling Madagascar taking pictures ever since.
We were lucky enough to meet the man himself, and he was really nice, signing our photos and showing us a presentation of all his works.
As the number of weekends we have is dwindling, this was our last trip to Fianar, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be back someday!