“Heading south from ‘Tana, it’s a very different country out there, where rice is the difference between life and death.”
By the Numbers
Population of Madagascar
Average cost of living
Year A.D. that Indonesian voyagers arrived here
Year French colonized it
Year Madagascar declared independence
Percentage of Madagascar’s mammals that exist nowhere else on Earth
Ambondrona, 1 Stage 18
Lalana Rakolomalala Joel
What Bourdain ate: Goose, broth with chicken and ginger, rice, salad
Look’s Chez Ramasy
What Bourdain ate: Roasted pig head delicacies, beans
Madagascar has a vegetarian-friendly food culture. Most Malagasy often don’t eat meat because it’s expensive.
Bourdain on ecotourism
Some have suggested that ecotourism could solve problems of un- and underemployment here. But Bourdain observes: tourism can be more burden than boon.
“A lot of people feel that the future should be ecotourism,” he said. “People should essentially be working in hotels and restaurants for tourists.”
“That’s kind of a return to colonialism, isn’t it?” he added.
Darren Aronofsky: Filmmaker.
Rossy: Pop musician turned politician.
Mariette Andrianajaka: Former Chef de Cuisine for the French Railway network.
Anna Razafimbahiny: Local jazz singer.
Dr. Patricia Wright: World-renowned primatologist.
Jonah: A Fianarantsoa guide.
The camera is a liar. It shows everything. It shows nothing. It reveals only what we want. Often, what we see is seen only from a window, moving past and then gone. One window. My window. If you’d been here, chances are you would have seen things differently.