The last few weeks have flown by so fast, so although the events below happened a couple of weeks ago, they were such fun I don’t want to skip over them happening.
I was able to join the Malagasy Culture Tour for a full day of learning and fun. First stop was at a house in Toamasina where the man of the house has been making paper from the bark of a tree for the last 40 years. He has made enough money over the years to support his family and send his kids to college. He showed us how he makes it and then let us decorate our own piece to take home.
Next we went to a lady’s house who cooks snacks to sell on the street. Together we made the snacks she sells and we got to taste them for ourselves. They were so good! We were even given the recipes.
After a drive outside of the city to a village nearby we met Mama Lili, mother to four children, whose husband works away from home. Mama Lili works in her family rice field, growing food for her family and when they have plenty to eat she sells to others. She taught us how to plant and grow rice. We also saw how amazingly resourceful she is at using the plants in her fields to supply food for her family and to dry for weaving of placements and baskets to sell.
To finish off the day we had a Malagasy dance group sing and dance some of their cultural songs and participation was definitely required!
We returned to the ship with muddy feet and tired bodies but with such an appreciation for the work that each person puts into their day to day life to live and support their families.