Enge beestjes

Enge beestjes

Eigenlijk hadden we een postje willen schrijven over alle lekkere vruchten die we hier hebben en dagelijks eten. Wat een leven! Fruit in overvloed, zonneschijn en een veranda waar op je, bij zonsondergang, lekker kunt gaan zitten met een goed glas wijn. Hmmm, niks hoor. Fruit, ja; zonneschijn, ja; veranda, ook ja… Romantisch? Nee, niet echt. Tenzij je onder een muggennet gaat zitten.

Toegeven, we houden van de warmte (als het niet te bar is). We genieten ook van de ruimte op de veranda. Het is een heerlijke plek voor de kinderen om te spelen. Maar het wordt lastiger als je rekening moet houden met de enge beestjes. Overdag zijn er de tijgermuggen en ‘s nachts de soort muggen die eventueel Malaria kunnen overbrengen. Dan zijn er de spinnen!

Nephilingis livida

Op dit moment is onze veranda het huis van een joekel. Haar beet, zo is ons verteld, is net zo pijnlijk als een steek van een schorpioen (ja, die hebben we hier ook). Onze verhouding met de spin is er één van haat/liefde. Ze houdt de vliegende stekers enigszins in toom en dus laten we haar zitten.

Een ander naar beestje is de zandvlo. Dit beestje kruipt (ongemerkt) onder je huid en begint daar lekker te nestelen terwijl het zich voed met je bloed. De kinderen hebben er al meerdere gehad en afgelopen week was Jurgen aan de beurt. Twee van die ‘schatjes’ hadden zich in zijn kleine teen geboord. Het beste is om het beestje met het eierzakje nog intact weg te halen. Simpelweg er met een naald inprikken is een slecht idee, dan gaat het eierzakje kapot en wordt het een vieze boel. Zachtje rondom het zakje de huid open snijden werkt het best. Het lukte Jurgen bij de eerste prima maar de tweede ging kapot. Uiteindelijk kwam ook de tweede er goed uit. Elke dag weer een kans om iets nieuws te leren. Met de eierzak nog aan de zandvlo gehecht gaf het de kinderen een unieke kans om het te onderzoeken onder de mini-microscoop. Wel lastig want de zandvlo bewoog veel omdat het zich van het licht probeerde weg te draaien.

Hier wonen heeft, wat nieuwe dingen ontdekken betreft, absoluut zijn voordelen. Of je die dingen ook écht wilt ontdekken is weer een heel andere vraag.

Voor de liefhebber, het beestje op video:

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Epoxy is your Friend

Epoxy is your Friend

Car trouble is bound to happen when you travel the roads of Madagascar with all the put holes and big bumbs.

We spend our Christmas and New Year in Mantasoa. A wonderful place in the area of Antananarivo… ‘only’ 16 hours drive from home. Naturally you check all the fluids in the car and whether all visible part are still tight. The car did just fine and we had a lovely holiday in Mantasoa.

Then, on our way back, 30 kilometres from the nearest town, the bar that holds the radiator broke. The radiator went down and with that hoses came loose. The bar had to be welded so we quickly continued our way to the garage. At least that was the plan. After a few hundred metre the clutch stopped working. The pipe with clutch fluid leaked and thus we didn’t have any pressure. After a long drive (since we only could drive in third gear) we arrived at the garage. Repair, in between heavy showers of rain, took 4 hours.

On our way again and finally after 15 hours we reached our favourite stopover, Ranomafana. Just a short break of a few days among some nice people is lovely. I wish! The radiator started leaking again. This time we do the repairs ourselves. Epoxy-glue is your friend when you own a car on Madagascar.

I decided to see it as a hobby… That way it is less annoying. Also, it gives an opportunity to learn the traits of mechanics which is useful for a missionary. Likewise, plumber, electrician, carpenter, road worker and what not.

The Big House

The Big House

Building the Trano-be, Madagascar About a year ago, on a Thursday morning, Jurgen was telling the bible stories to the king of Tsiombivohitra. There was another man in the house, an older man. Jurgen did not know him and asked his name: Iaban’i Roly. The coming weeks iaban’i Roly joined the meetings in Tsiombivohitra. After getting to know each other a bit better it turned out that the man officially lived in our village. The reason Jurgen did not see him there yet? Iaban’i Roly was building a new big house (trano-be) and until it was finished he lived somewhere else.

One day the man asked Jurgen why he did not tell the stories in Maroamboka since we live there? Jurgen explained that we promised the other villages to come there as soon as possible and that we must keep our promises. Iaban’i Roly and Jurgen decided start the stories in his house when it is finished. That would take a few more months.

The house is finished! Jurgen visited and found Iaban’i Roly’s wife who said she would send her husband to talk with him. He came yesterday the plan is that Jurgen will start the stories after Christmas. Iaban’i Roly said that Thursday morning is the best time to have more listeners since it is taboo to work on this day.

Building a trano-be, MadagascarOkay, why telling this? Well, the appointment is very interesting. Iaban’i Roly is not only one of the king of Maroamboka, he is also considered to be a important and powerful witch doctor. Together with his ‘colleague’ witch doctor he has costumers from all around the area. He even receives people from the capital, Antananarivo. They come especially to get a ‘blessing’ or something else only he can provide. The Malagasy fear him. We are not worried. Although the stories are very clear on the practices of the witch doctors, Jurgen is there because he has been invited. He just couldn’t let go of this invitation.

Newsletter November

Newsletter November

We have just send our newsletter for November 2019 with the following subjects:

  • The work in the villages
  • Translating, and further…
  • Our family
  • Furlough
  • Things to pray for

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Our favourite stopover

Our favourite stopover

Three times a year we travel to the capital Antananarivo. Jurgen undertook this trip every month the first year we lived in Maroamboka. A trip that, if everything goes well, can be done in 16 hours. In the capital we meet friends, we get to worship in English at our church, and we can arrange the necessary administrative matters (such as visa, car and motorcycle papers and several money matters).

It is a tiring journey. We prefer to combine the trip with a stopover in Ranomafana. This is a tourist village in the middle of the national park with the same name. We always look forward to stay there for two or three days before traveling on to Tana.

Needless to say there are luxury hotels and restaurants in a place like Ranomafana. These hotels mainly rely on tourism. However, we prefer to stay in a simple hotel called ‘La Palmeraie’. It is simple but adequate and also affordable for the Malagasy in terms of price. Hotel La Palmeraie is our place. Maman’i Kano is the owner and she knows us well. She is very welcoming and receives us joyfully. The rooms are simple and, not unimportant, clean! We always have two rooms for which we pay a total of 60,000 Ariary (about € 15,–) per night. We share the toilet and the shower (with hot water) with other guests which is okay because there are cleaned several times a day.

We usually plan to stay a few days, from Monday to Thursday. We leave on Monday morning to arrive in the afternoon. We don’t do much on Tuesdays. The children usually go into the village or to a river to play. On Wednesdays we sometimes go to the thermal bath. This bath is cleaned weekly on Tuesday so Wednesday is the day to go. For us it is 1,000 Ariary (about € 0.25) per person because we live on Madagascar. For tourists it is slightly more expensive (5,000 Ariary, about € 1,25)). On Thursday morning we leave around 05:00 to arrive in Tana in the evening. This is the way we try to keep traveling a fun and a bit more relaxed thing to do.

We’ll post some photos of Hotel La Palmeraie below.
There are also rooms available with a private shower and toilet. The rooms vary from large to small.
Prices start at 30,000 Ariary (about€ 7,50) with the ‘most expensive’ room for 60,000 Ariary per night.
Telephone number: +261 34 45 940 88
Locatie Openstreet Maps: Maroamboka, Madagaskar-21.25822/47.45392 – OpenstreetMaps
Locatie Openstreet Maps: Maroamboka, Madagaskar21°15’29.4″S 47°27’15.2″E – Google Maps