For once, we’ll try to go over the fence and talk about anything else that is not always directly related to travelling to Madagascar.
So why is this date a day to remember? As you may guess (if not, you know it now), Madagascar is going through a political crisis now, and both 4 presidents of this third republic are now meeting together in Maputo-Mozambique in order to settle for a commonly accepted solution as the way forward, and… It is expected that a decision be made and published today.
One of my colleague gently reminded me that if no decision is taken today, next week will begin with August 10th- which is usually associated to a bloody day in Madagascar.August 10th 2009 will mark the 18th year of 1991.
Nothing exciting? …Yes, I do agree. So, despite such negative feelings/events, I just wanted to finish with a joyful note to mark this august 8th: « takariva any mahavelona » is 2 hours from now.This is a meeting between tourists and local which goal is to showcase that despite all of these ugly images picturing Madagascar, and although this touristic season is considered as a « dead one », travelling to Madagascar is still an experience worth a try.We initiated this event with a german tour operator (http://www.tanalahorizon.com), just met them this morning, we’ll try to give you a sense of what’s happening during the event if you just followed the hashtag « mahavelona » on twitter(http://search.twitter.com/search?q=mahavelona)
Finally, I’ll chose to remember this august 8th as a date where positive things can happen despite all.