The past few days in Antananarivo, Madagascar have been overwhelming, intense and eye opening. And I apologize for the delays in posting these videos — it’s been nearly impossible to find decent enough wifi.
Madagascar, as a whole, is a beautiful tropical island with stunning greenery, giant baobab trees and unique wildlife (like lemurs!). It’s also massive — about twice the size of my home state of Arizona — floating 250 miles off the South Eastern part of mainland Africa.
But putting the natural beauty aside, Madagascar is one of the World’s poorest countries, with the 5th lowest GDP per capita. Walking on the streets of Antananarivo, I couldn’t help but observe and analyze what I was seeing — people just barely managing to survive, working labor intensive jobs with very little pay.
My new local friends and I took a mini road trip to some outer villages, where I learned about the daily life people working in the markets. Here’s what I discovered.
If there’s any takeaway from today (and through travel in general) — it is to appreciate the live I live. If you are reading this as well, consider yourself lucky beacuse you have internet, which most of the people in Madagascar cannot afford.