(A normal day a few months ago, both getting on with our own thing)
Me: Do you know what I'd really like to see?
Me: Lemurs. I'd love to see lemurs in the wild.
F: (temporarily bemused) Yes, that would be nice. In fact, Madagascar in general sounds really interesting.
Me: I'm glad you feel that way.
F: ... you've already started planning a trip to Madagascar, haven't you?
Me: The flights are much more reasonable than I thought. Look... (shows him the already loaded internet page with flight prices)
F: I suppose you're right, that price isn't bad.
Me: Great, I'm glad that's settled (punches in card details)
F: So...you've just booked the flights?
F: I'm so glad we take plenty of time to really consider decisions before we commit large amounts of money to them.
Me: Me too.
That right there explains how we now find ourselves at the airport, preparing for a flight to the amazing island of Madagascar. It's one of those places that conjour up images of exotic wildlife, extreme landscapes and beautiful beaches just by rolling its name around the tongue. And we have three glorious weeks to explore this incredible place.
To be honest, Madagascar has been at the back of our minds for some time now, but it never seemed the right time. The flights were always too pricey; the amount of time available too little. I'm not even sure that three weeks can do it justice, but we are going to try our best, using some local tour operators and keeping a flexible itinerary. There are some main sights we're hoping to see, such as the almost alien tsingy stone forest, the immediately recognisable baobab trees and the huge expanses of national park. We'll also be keeping our fingers firmly crossed for an encounter with the primates that inspired the trip. Aside from that, I'm excited to see what Madagascar has to offer; this huge island which is geographically Africa, but influenced so heavily by Asia.
Please keep an eye out for updates via twitter and on here over the next few weeks as we explore and make our way around! First stop: a very long journey which starts with a night in Paris waiting for a connection to Madagascar -there was a reason those flights were so reasonably priced...