28 July 2007

The biggest animal here is a lemur, not a moose


[7/23/07 OUTSIDE MAHAJANGA, MADAGASCAR --- Dear John, In this remote and dusty corner of northwest Madagascar, I talked to a woman who was watching a television show about Canada. Even though it is winter here, I’m sure Canada is about 9 million degrees cooler. I drip sweat even in the shade. Outside this woman’s concrete home, kids pulled toy trucks made out of Aluminum cans and tied to string. People dump their trash all over the ground, so their toys are kind of Madagascar’s version of recycling. Inside the woman’s home, next to a bed draped in a mosquito net, a bearded man smoked salmon and played with moose and wolves inside the television. John]

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