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Les Surfs – Si j´avais un marteau November 23, 2012

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Again les Surfs, If I Had a Hammer.
I forgot to tell you. The reason why they´re here on this blog is because they were Malagasy.

Veloma!

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Les Surfs – A présent tu peux t´en aller

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In English, I Only Wanna Be With You.
Suddenly felt very nostalgic about the sixties. Never saw them in real, but I wish I had.

 

A New Hat…Again July 16, 2012

I just came back from two weeks´ vacation in Provence  and Paris. For once, it is nice to play the tourist in my homeland although I feel, with years going by, less and less French.

Coming back to the Riviera was really cool, considering that I had not been there since I was ten years old. Cannes, Nice and all the cities by the Mediterranean Sea did become a showcase for France. Everything is so neat, so clean, so luxurious. Wherever you go it smells money. My husband told me how different it looks now from the 1960´s. Cannes was just a fishermen´s haven then. It lost a lot of its former charm.

  Nice

There is one thing I did not remember from my younger years. The incredibly hot weather. And humidity. I hated it. As soon as we came out of Nice airport, I could feel the air and started sweating without moving one finger. I got so much accustomed to the Swedish summer, – sunny but dry and always with a little breeze tickling your cheeks –, that the Mediterranean climate was insufferable. I could hardly fall asleep.

Having said that I will not bother you with my temperature issues. I just wanted to show you the proof that Malagasy products are being more and more successful.

Here is the hat I had to buy in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, because the sun was too damn hot. I felt so stupid buying a hat again. I´ve got thousands of them at home. But hey, I had to cover my head.

 

The second picture was taken in Nice. Arent´they nice? It is amazing how Malagasy craftsmen have improved in making those bags. They look much nicer and last longer that the ones I used to buy. And most of all, everybody loves them!

Of course they are three or four times more expensive than in Madagascar, but at least you won´t need to go there.

And I consoled myself with the thought that I supported the Malagasy ecconomy!

 

Presenting Madakanto October 15, 2011

This year I am being very productive. Here is my second blog whose main subject will be Madagascar, the Red Island. Map and flag

There are so many reasons why I am starting this blog, but I guess one of them is just because I was born there and I wanted to share my thoughts and feelings regarding this unknown and beautiful place. It is a fact, except some people who felt in love with the country right away when they visited it or scientifical researchers studying nature, nobody knows anything about Madagascar. I think it is sad, considering that it is the fourth largest island in the world, after Greenland, New Guinea and Borneo. People know more about Mauritius and La Reunion, simply because they are under British and French governance.

Second of all, I have just spent a month there and since we came back home, my friends kept asking us thousands of questions. One of my neighbours, who used to spend a lot of time in Africa, was so curious that she invited us for dinner and urged me to write a book. Well, no book, but a blog. Now I can tell everybody at the same time. And you may read it whenever you feel like it.

Moreover, this blog will come as a complement of my photo blog ARKanto, where you can look at my first photo albums as well as my other pictures taken in Sweden, France and Norway.

Being one of the very few Malagasy living in Sweden I also feel like it is a duty to me to write about Madagascar, so that people get a better knowledge and understanding of the culture. There are more than lemurs to discover!

Another extremely important reason for this blog is my support to Espérance Marianina Madagascar, my cousin´s non-profit organisation, which aims at reducing malnutrition in rural areas and helps prevent children from quitting school. I will try to keep you informed on the organisation´s work and how the children are doing.

So, how often will you have the pleasure of reading this blog? I was hoping to send a post at least once a week, but I have not decided yet which day it would be, for I have another blog – All The Things I Am – where I write mostly about my life as a non-Swede in Sweden. A lot of writing it will be! I suppose the end of the week would be the best time for me. We´ll see!

As I said previously, I would only talk about things and people who are related to Madagascar. So, I will start by telling you about a great music band which came to Stockholm last week that is to say Kilema.

 

 
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