When research is done for the day, I might wash in the river or just read for a bit, solitude is never hard to find.
If it’s still light it’s great to explore a stretch of the river, there are some astonishing waterfalls that people very rarely see.
Jumping through the rapids and edging over slippery platforms is childishly satisfying. It’s hard to stay up after eight o’clock when it’s so dark and the rain is pattering down on the tarpaulin.
I find restorative to walk into Ranomafana on a Saturday, the hot water at the baths relaxes the muscles and a cold beer does the rest.
I teach English classes sometimes too and the people here are great to work with, certainly less demanding than the animals.
Even though I can try, I’ll never really know how things work on an island like this.

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