Friday, April 29, 2016

Isalo National Park



            Isalo National Park is located just outside the town of Ranohira, which is in the south central highlands.  The area, now known as the center of the sapphire trade, is sacred to Bara tribe who use the caves and areas inside the park as burial sites.  The park is known best known for its enormous sandstone formations and canyons, tranquil pools, endemic plants, and lemurs.
            Upon arriving in Ranohira I made the short trek to my hotel in sight of the cliffs of the national park.  The following day we hired a car to take us into the park and with a guide made the day trek through the park.  First walking through the sandstone cliffs where we saw some of the burial sites of the Bara tribe.  The tradition of the tribe is to first put their dead in a cave, which is walled up with stones, for five years.  After this time they exhume the body and move it to their

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

School Week

            Every year, three days in the middle of February are given to celebrate the students here in Madagascar.  Each of these days has planned activities for the students to participate in to honor them, allow them to give back to the community, and to show of their skills in sports.  Although some of these events differ from year to year, many stay the same. For example the parade, assembly, and sport tournaments.
            On the first day of Student Week, Wednesday, the students of all seven schools in Vondrozo (all three levels of public school, the two private schools, the Lutheran school, and the Catholic school) meet at the Lycee early that day.  So walking out of my house early Wednesday morning I was greeted by a throng of hundreds of noisy children.  Once the Surveillant of the Lycee arrived she quickly whipped them into shape and divided them into their respected schools.  The students then