"Cape Moss" passenger number 1

It seems to me that hard work does pay off
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In some situations I find that smart work pays off too. In fact once in a while no work pays off. But that simply isn't very reliable ;) I suppose a combination between hard work and smart work is the best. At least for me.
 
When I left you last week I already had a plan. Next step was to make the arrangements in order to have that plan come true. Most of it was purely administrative. Telling people what to do, sending emails, making phone calls, replying to emails, replying to more emails...
 
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Solitaire is a game where you need to think about your next move. I like it!
 
Then something happened! Maersk is a Danish company which I have known all my life. They are globally the largest shipping company in the world measured by containerized shipments. I started noticing their containers from the very beginning of the Saga. There was one in Denmark before crossed the border to Germany. I then noticed one in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium...and then it just kind of became a game. To make a long story short that ended up in an interview which was featured on Maersk's intranet for its 89,000 employees to see and read! It was a good interview which was well received. So Maersk made the decision to post it publicly on their webpage for everyone to see. So here you go:
 
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About the same time as the article appeared on the intranet, I received an email confirming that I was welcome onboard "City of Xiamen" from the Seychelles to Mauritius. That's a fairly interesting voyage which goes up past Somalia to Oman and then back down to Mauritius. It should take around 10 days and I'm looking forward to it.
 
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Now, was it a coincidence that my request to come onboard was granted around the time as the article went online on the worlds largest shipping company's intranet? It probably was a coincidence. Maersk is not the owner of "City of Xiamen"...but it is time chartered by Maersk...sooo? The world works in mysterious ways ;)
 
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In either case it's not super important. What was important to me was that the first 2 containerships out of 3 had fallen into place already. And with that my extravagant plan was falling into place as well. Come on baby...give me that 3rd ship and let's make this a success!!! :)
 
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The days slowly approached the date where "Cape Moss" was due to arrive to Tamatave. "Cape Moss" was the containership which was going to get me to the Seychelles from Madagascar. For whatever odd reason the office manager for MSC (worlds second largest shipping company) in Antananarivo had told me that it is against the law to leave Madagascar by boat? It was probably his way of saying that I couldn't get onboard one of MSC's ships leaving Madagascar. That information, however, stuck with me. Why would it be against the law? Could it possibly be true? What would I do then?
 
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Colombia Shipmanagement (CSM) to the rescue!! https://www.columbia-shipmanagement.com Yes! CSM invited me onboard the "Cape Moss" and ended that myth. Myth busted! Since the "Cape Moss" is also a ship which is time chartered by Maersk I figured Maersk might be the agents for the ship. So I went to the local Maersk office in Tamatave near my hotel. It turned out that Maersk wasn't the agent, but I got something else out of my visit. Because of the intranet article everyone at the office knew my face and who I was. A bit strange I might add...because I've been visiting Red Cross offices in over half the world and nobody knows who I am :)
 
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The market in Tamatave is a great place to visit.
 
After a lot of handshakes and a few photos I left the office and returned to my low cost hotel. During the evening my phone rang and Jaouad presented himself as someone I had met at the Maersk office. He then proceeded to ask if all was well? If I was happy with my stay in Tamatave? If I was happy with my hotel, the food and if there was anything he could do for meeting?
 
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In reply I answered that I was happy with my situation, but that we could meet for coffee the next day if he wanted to? The next day Jaouad invited me for dinner at a nice restaurant where I met his beautiful wife Bouchra and 1 year old daughter Insaf. We had a great time. The next day continued like that. Jaouad and I had breakfast in the morning as he was going to help me with some problems I had with the internet. Then since it was Sunday we joined his family at the beach.
 
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In the evening Jaouad wanted to show me a place for good burgers so we met up again. Then we agreed that it might be fun for the staff if I came and told them about the project - so the next day I did.
 
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At Maersk a few of the things that came up were: "long term planing" and "commitment".
 
I had a 14 day visa for Madagascar which eventually expired. I had thought I would be able to leave sooner. But it didn't turn out like that and I had to spend a lot of time with the very bureaucratic immigration. They were nice enough, but it was a long and slow process to get an extension. It boggled my mind as the visa I got at my entry took little more than 5 minutes? But eventually it all worked out: The "Cape Moss" arrived and I climbed onboard.
 
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I had forgotten how big ships can be. I haven't been near a sizable ship for a while. The "Aziza" from Tanzania to Comoros was quite small. So was the "Mojangaya" to Madagascar. Prior to that I was on a few minor ships getting to and from São Tomé in Central Africa...so it's really been a while! The "Cape Moss" is the 7th containership I have boarded since the Saga begun. She is 212.6 meters long and can carry 2,800 20 foot containers!! So she's really not THAT big as ships go...but she's still a sizable lady ;)
 
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This is just a corner of my huge office. Behind the door is my bedroom and bathroom. Also quite space!
 
I was greeted with respect as I climbed onboard and everything has been really easy since then! I was shown to my cabin which happens to be "the owners" cabin. It's huge!! Its on "E deck" along with the captains accommodation and the chief engineer. The only thing above "E-deck" is the bridge. So it's pretty classy!! I think most of you know that the captain (Avtandil Zoidze) is the "top dog" on the ship. The master and commander. On the "Cape Moss" he has 3 officers to steer the ship for him and the captain is therefore mostly bound to administrative tasks and general responsibility. The officers rank from chief officer to 2nd officer to 3rd officer.
 
Almost equal in status to the captain is the chief engineer. He also has 3 officers: 1st, 2nd and 3rd engineer. I have been dining in the officers mess where I sat at the table between the captain and the chief engineer. Both great guys and pretty much the highest honor I could have onboard. Food was served 3 times a day: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are snacks, fruits and beverages available in between meals. There's the crews recreation room, where I was welcome to sit and watch movies or sing karaoke or whatever I was in the mood for. On the main deck I could use the gym, which I actually did. So now I can say I've been running for 25 minutes on the Indian Ocean :)
 
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Up on the bridge.
 
The "Cape Moss" is a beautiful and well kept ship, which was built in China only 5 years ago. So she is young as well. There is a very good atmosphere onboard which comes from having a good crew combined with good leadership. I've really enjoyed my time onboard. This ship did not have wifi available for the crew. So I have been disconnected for a few days which is always nice... And I've had the opportunity to sit and complete some work in my enormous onboard office. That's excellent and I feel up to date on a lot of things.
 
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Something magical happened that day we left Tamatave. I had been told that it was the right time of the year to see whales. But this was ridiculous!! As we left the port around 3pm we set our direction towards the horizon and whales started appearing on both sides of us. You know the classical "tail whip"? I saw that 10...20...30 times? There was a whale which was sort of rolling around quite near the ship and then there was my favorite! I saw a whale fully jump out of the water, turn 180 degrees in the air and crash back into the ocean! Gold!! :)
 
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Sorry, no whale photos. I got too occupied with enjoying the moment :)
 
A modern ship like this one produces its own water from the ocean (desalination). So there's plenty of it!! And it's heated without extra cost by the enormous engines which push the ship forward, so it's really the place to be of you want to enjoy long warm showers without feeling guilty ;) 
 
I miss my girlfriend. I don't suppose, I'll ever get to share a unique experience like being treated like an officer, onboard a large modern containership, with her? And furthermore approaching a paradise island, which women are ready to fight to the death to get to :) Other than her being halfway around the world I would say that the situation is quite optimal this time. I won't be spending any time looking for a ship and making arrangements. That has all been taken care of from Madagascar before I left. So I'll simply meet with the Red Cross and then see where life takes me this time ;)
 
The "City of Xiamen" is due on Thursday 28th and should depart (with me onboard) on Saturday 30th. Knock on wood!! ;)
 
My gratitude to Colombia Shipmanagement and the entire crew of "Cape Moss" for taking part in the Saga and bringing us one country closer to making world history a reality. It's deeply appreciated!
 
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Fair winds and following seas to all! :)
 
Best regards
Mr. Torbjørn C. Pedersen (Thor) - rich in experience 
"A stranger is a friend you've never met before"
 
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Wonderful Madagascar - and escaping it!

Oh how I "love" islands
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Parth Nilawar has created this. It's actually an update of the original. Notice the flag ;)
 
I was actually born on an island. Not a tropical one with palm trees and white sand beaches. But nevertheless an island. That island is in the center of Denmark. Back in 1978 the bridge which today connects it to eastern Denmark didn't exist yet. There was a ferry instead. The island was however connected to the mainland in the west with a bridge (constructed in 1970). And apart from that there were/are lots of other ferries going to various islands. Denmark has always had significant logistical value. And as far as I know we have never failed to deliver the very best within logistics.
 
I'm in Madagascar now within the Indian Ocean (East Africa). I arrived from Comoros on a slightly dodgy cargo ship which commonly takes passengers as well. I got to Comoros from Tanzania on something similar. It's an adventure and not something you would do in order to save time. I would consider going back the same way to be a nightmare.
 
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Maps, plans and chocolate...
 
I'm currently looking towards reaching the Seychelles and Mauritius. I know you think to yourselves that it must be so fantastic and so wonderful to reach such places. If I was working 9-5 in an office to provide for my family and lifestyle, then I might think so too. But then it wouldn't be country number 115. And I would fly. I would land in the airport and go to my hotel. I would race to the beach and briefly elope from my life back home. It would be a break from normal life.
 
My reality is that "this" is my normal life. I'm out here for more than a thousand days trying to deliver something much bigger than myself. I'm trying to deliver something for you and anyone else who finds this project. Anyone who checks into the Saga.
 
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I believe that Madagascars natural beauty has never been disputed.
 
I struggle a bit with conveying what I'm actually trying to do. This isn't a travel blog. I'm not merely traveling around enjoying the good side of life. For me this is a job. It's the hardest, most complex job I've ever had. I created it myself, which might explain more about my personal nature than anything else. Very simplified this is what the Saga is today:
 
It's 3 projects under one roof:
 
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A journey to every country without flight with all of its complicated logistics (203 countries).

2)
A positive promotion of each country sharing stories of positive experiences to counter the negatives we see in the media (203 countries).

3)
A positive promotion of the Red Cross Red Crescent movement which was founded in 1863 and today spans across 190 nations.
 
 
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I took a taxi to the bus. And a bus from Tana (Antananarivo) to Tamatave. 
 
I might have bitten more off than I can chew. It seems to me that trying to pull off just one of those projects, would be more than enough for anyone. I certainly do not feel like I have much time to spare on a daily basis. My passion lies within all 3 projects. But I'm most passionate about number 2! We live on this planet among more than 7 billion people and we generally have no idea what life is like for any of them. But most people seem opinionated nonetheless? How is that possible? We think that we are better or worse than others. We speak about countries we have never been to. And we speak about countries as if they are homogeneous entities, where a single citizen represents some idea we have forged about people from "over there". I aim to show you the world as I see it while I pass through it. I generalize just like anyone else. But I try to break the mirror, which reflects within most of us. Because we are wrong! Our mindset needs to be updated to a more current reality. The world has never been as connected as it is today through easy access to travel and a complex network of social media. We are only a click away from observing people from the other side of the planet. But that is in most cases no basis for understanding what we see. Generalizing has a place in this world. But the generalization should be far more optimistic than what I commonly observe it is in reality. Almost everything is getting better. Almost everything is better than what I used to be. Almost everyone is more informed than you think and have access to better lifestyles than you imagine.
 
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The road from Tana to Tamatave had a billion twists and turns. I barely managed to keep my insides.
 
That does not mean that everything is good. We live in a world with decease, oppression, conflict, unfairness and disasters. But none of that is dominant! What is truly dominant is laughter, education, family, sports, music, games, connection, curiosity, solutions, innovation, freedom and love. There is far more of that than anything else on this planet. Well, I might argue that this planet possesses its fair share of religion and fear as well. For me religion and fear is tightly connected to how we commonly perceive the world...and that's why I want to smash that mirror. With that in mind I think the Saga is immensely important and I dearly wish for more people to take part. Oh well, one can dream...
 
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Alice is a wonderful French traveller and humanitarian. I met her in Tana, where she was working with the Malagasy Red Cross.
 
We live on a satellite. The definition of a satellite is something which circles around something else. If you run around a tree then you are a satellite to that tree. Our planet circles the sun. The moon circles our planet. We live in a wast sea of satellites which stretches far beyond our current reach. But most of all we live in our minds. Your heart is an organ which pumps blood to the rest of your body. It has no feelings and makes no decisions. And it's certainly not heart shaped in the romantic sense. Everything we think, we know has been forged inside our minds. And the vast majority of it has been planted there by others. There are no separate races on this planet? That's crazy talk! There is only one race. Pigmentation has no say in who you are or what you will do. The idea about it does. The size of your nose or the shape of your eyes doesn't mean anything. If you think it means something, then it's because you've been influenced by someone else. What truly matters is accessibility. Do you have access to safety, education, healthcare and development? That is something which truly shapes people's personalities.
 
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Beach and sand? Where?!? Oh! In front of the ships. I only saw the ships... ;)
 
Enough about that. I'm in the Indian Ocean on an island and I need to get away. Not because I really want to leave. Madagascar is extraordinary pleasant! People are kind and gentle, the nature is mind blowing, food is good, prices are low and I feel safe. It's a country with a lot of materialistically disadvantaged people. Distribution of wealth around here isn't impressive. I could say that for most countries. But there's a sizable middle class too and as always you can find the filthy rich if you look for them. Wifi is super good most places I've been! That is really something to take notice of in the time and age we live in. Facebook is racing forward at a pace you cannot imagine and everyone needs to get connected somehow. There is no shortage of providers of internet! I've found internet in every country so far. That's 114 countries for those of you who are counting. The only country I've been to with strict limitations has been Cuba. But I found wifi anyway and in the near future it will be everywhere there as well. Smartphones are the big thing of our time and nearly everyone has got one. Perhaps not the latest iPhone or Samsung. But there are many providers and everyone is getting online. Here in Madagascar you find wifi at cafés, restaurants, hotels, through a simcard etc. There is plenty of it. And if you take a moment to think about what that means then you will learn a lot in a few seconds. We're generally watching the same videos, reading the same articles, listing to the same music, seeing the same photos and following the same teams all around the world. Even in that "shithole" you once heard of people were watching Portugal beat France in football. If people globally take interest in the same things as you - then what makes them different? I'm not saying we're all the same. We're not. I'm just saying: Think harder ;)
 
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I almost got on a containership a week earlier. But no...
 
I know how I'll leave Madagascar. I have worked it out. IT WAS NOT EASY! But it's a done deal. I'm going to the Seychelles from here. I also have a plan for getting from the Seychelles to Mauritius. But no arrangements have been made for that so far. I even know how I plan to get from Mauritius and back to the African continent! What I'm about to do is so extreme that I can hardly phantom it myself!! And I'm fairly sure that it's never been done by anyone before!! So how about that? Maersk (http://www.maerskline.com/has as usual been very helpful although they officially are not involved in the project (and Maersk, if you're reading this then you're invited to appear on the webpage with logo and link for free. You've earned it!). For anyone who doesn't know them, then Maersk is the largest shipping company in the world measured by containerized shipments. In fact there are fairly good odds that whatever you're wearing or whatever you're sitting on was at some point transported by Maersk. Maersk does not own all the ships they use for transport. That happens to be the case for the ships which arrive and depart from Madagascar. To Maersk these ships are time chartered. That means Maersk operates and administers the cargo while someone else handles the crew and maintenance.
 
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Rickshaws are everywhere in Tamatave and are often a good way to cut time between places. A ride costs less than $0.20 in most cases.
 
The "Cape Moss" is exactly such a containership. She is operated by Colombia Shipmanagement LTD (http://www.columbia-shipmanagement.com/). "Cape Moss" has agreed to carry me from here to the Seychelles. She will arrive here at Tamatave Monday morning and depart the following day. Capt. Avtandil Zoidze has already sent a kind email welcoming me onboard. Naturally I'm thankful to everyone who has been involved thus far. 
 
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How would YOU get past port security? I do it all the time.
 
Here's an exercise for you: You're in a foreign country with a foreign language and with foreign customs. You're a foreigner ;) How would you make arrangements to get onboard a containership which will arrive in a few days? I would be severely surprised if you could imagine the administrative work behind this ;)
 
That same exact work continues! Because to pull this off, we need arrangements for the next ship: Seychelles to Mauritius. Once that is in place I can request for permission to come onboard the 3rd ship which is to bring me away from Mauritius. I think I'll get that permission once I ask, because I'm friendly with the owners. But I can't very well put that into motion before ship number 2 is in place. Oh how I "love" islands! Meanwhile most people I speak to refer me to the Madagascar/Mauritius ferry. Many people know about it, but hardly anyone knows that it no longer exists. I've been in touch with its management (in Mauritius) who inform that it was discontinued long ago. But it was in operation when I planed this project...3 years ago.
 
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Best pizza I've had for a very long time!
 
Have no doubt: This is a giant project. I cannot imagine anything of this size has been done within Danish history? It involves the worlds largest humanitarian organization (www.ifrc.org) and the worlds largest shipping company (www.maerskline.com). It involves every country in the world and it even involves you ;)
 
I have no idea if the Saga will ever be completed. But we are more than halfway and that has got to count for something? Within the remaining Africa 4 countries are haunting me: South Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea and Libya. Everything else should be fine and more or less "easy". Unrest has broken out in South Sudan again. It's the worlds newest country and has only existed since 2011. Somalia is Somalia. It's been unstable for more than 20 years although the northern part is showing real development. But trying to access Mogandishu (the capital) could prove unnecessarily dangerous. And I'm undecided on whether to do it or not. I'll need to know more first. The United Nations was present at the border between Eritrea and Ethiopia some 15 years ago. 10 years of war had ended and the UN was safeguarding the peace. To my great frustration the fire has blossomed once again. What is it with people in power and armed conflicts? It's enormously cost full for any source of resources. It hardly ever leads to development. And then there is Libya...not my greatest concern. But a concern nonetheless. Libya is almost completely engulfed by the Sahara. It has 2,000km of pristine Mediterranean coastline, a population of 5 million people, exquisite archeological sites from the Roman and Greek empires and traditions which run thousands of years deep. It also has oil! Nuff said...probably the reason for the instability today. Yup, if all goes well I might be out of Africa and back in Europe by February. But then things really need to speed up.
 
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Please do me a favor and tell someone about the Saga. I put a lot of effort into this, I take calculated risks, I work hard and have spent over $40.000 to get to where we are today. This project is not funded by the Red Cross. The money has generously been sponsored by Ross Offshore (www.rossoffshore.no). The project budget remains $20/day which covers food, transport, accommodation and visas. Everything else amounts to the rest: Insurance, repairs, medicine, nature parks, museums, equipment, unforeseen expenses etc. If this project was "only" getting to every country without flight, then the $20/day would hold up. But we're doing so much more than that ;)
 
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Started running again! Yes, I can still smile. But oh the pain ;)
 

Best regards
Mr. Torbjørn C. Pedersen (Thor) - at your service ;)
"A stranger is a friend you've never met before"
 
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Madagascar - 1,000 days later!

This project has lasted longer than any relationship I've ever been in
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Well, every relationship apart from the current relationship I'm in with my beautiful, talented, wonderful, smart and clever girlfriend!!! ;) Isn't she amazing? She's very supportive and has been out to see me 9 times since I left Denmark 1,003 days ago. Now we've reached 114 countries and have 89 left. This is definitely a 5 year project and no longer 4...but I'm happy with it and how it's turning out. I combine that little slice of happiness with a longing for going home...
 
The good ship "Mojangaya" brought me safely to Madagascar after about 45 uncomfortable hours at sea. My bones were soar and I was happy to see land. I had arrived to Majunga on the northwestern part of this massive island nation. It's twice the size of the U.K. and it's larger than Spain!
 
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"Mojangaya" wasn't the first ship to arrive at Madagascar's shores. It was once a haven for notorious pirates such as Blackbeard! And Madagascar has been visited by some early explorers from Asia along with explorers from the Arabic peninsula. Then of course the French along with various Africans joined the party and now you have a solid mix of very attractive people!! I have heard that the most beautiful people come from Madagascar. I disagree. For me the most beautiful people are the Senegalese. But I'll rate the Malagasy population, and especially the women, as the cutest I've ever seen! And a lot of them are very sexy too.
 
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In Antananarivo. Reminds me of Bangladesh.
 
This is a country "of many different places" for me. Some of it looks like Bangladesh. Some of it reminds me of Bolivia. Sometimes the landscape looks like Scotland and sometimes something else. So much of Madagascar is its own though, with lots of endemic and absolute unique flora! And when I reached Mojunga I was reminded of Cuba.
 
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In Majunga on a quiet street. Reminds me of Cuba.
 
Immigration were kind (and cute) and courteous. I had no trouble getting my $30 visa on arrival. It took a little time though as we had to wait for people who weren't there (that's a bit of a theme in Madagascar I have found). But apparently an officer at the immigration police wanted to train her English, so we passed some time with that...
 
It was late afternoon when I left the port and started looking for an ATM so that I could secure myself some local Ariary. As a Dane I need to remove 3 zeros and multiply by 2 to convert the rate. But for the rest of you $1 is equivalent to 3,210.00 Ariary. That's when it struck me that I was walking on a street which reminded me of Cuba. But I didn't linger and with money in my pocket I jumped into a tuctuc and continued straight to the bus terminal. It was now around 4pm.
 
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Tuctuc'ing my way to the bus station in Majunga.
 
It didn't take long to find a bus to Tana (Antananarivo) which is the capital of Madagascar. It's a "10 hour" bus ride from Majunga. I bought a ticket, a simcard, some samosas and something which could have been smoked ham? It tasted like it? Then at 6pm the bus left and it soon become dark. I couldn't sleep and it was impossible to get comfortable with way too little legroom for me. But the road was smooth and there wasn't much traffic. Besides the bus was reasonably comfortable although tiny :) We stopped a few times during the evening and night so that I and the other 30 passengers could load up on food and drinks. The atmosphere was so spectacular and I knew around then that I was in love with Madagascar. It all seemed so different to me? It wasn't like anything or anywhere I had been traveling for a very long time. Even the food and drinks where different. It had become adventurous and joyful again. Lovely!!
 
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On the road to Antananarivo. Roadside micro businesses.
 
Back in the bus I leaned against the glass window and glazed up towards the stars. There were so many of them. It was magical! Around 05:00am I finally feel asleep. At 06:00am we had arrived to Tana. Taxi drivers were swarming around me and although I didn't know the price I knew they where asking for all too much. So I walked off and found a taxi driver about 10 minutes away. He only wanted a fraction of the price. Around a dollar I think. At 07:00am I had arrived at my hostel. It's pretty much the only hostel in Tana, but it's high quality and conveniently located downtown. And a bed in the dorm only costs $8. I went straight to bed!!
 
My body was still soar 2 days later from the 45 hour boat ride...followed by the 12 hour bus ride. I'm getting older!! 
 
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Tana (Antananarivo) - a small part of it.
 
Tana is an extraordinary city! It's up at an elevation above 1,000 meters so it's quite cold! That's good because malaria mosquitos do not like that. I'm madly in love with Tana! It's a city with an excess of different neighborhoods. You literally don't know what you will find right around the corner. There are an enormous amount of cool places to discover and I love doing it. At night it's a pretty dark city as electricity is relatively scarce. It's ill advised to walk around at night, but I've done so anyway. Desperate people do desperate things and poverty produces it's fair share of desperation. But I don't see Madagascar to be as poor as I was told. 
 
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In Tana it's a very mixed population. There are the beggars and tricksters. There are the street venders with their blankets and goods lying at display directly on the ground. Then there are all the people in fancy clothes with their smartphones and smart hair. The majority of all the cars in the city are modern enough to drive about in Europe if they needed to. There are modern shops, cafes and supermarkets. And then all the micro businesses as well. It's life...
 
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There are many tourists at the hostel. That's when I'm reminded that I'm not one of them. They are either planing to go whale watching or diving or to see the baobab alley. They go spearfishing or to see the lemurs or they ride around in the wild on quad bikes. There's plenty to do on this grand island. And I'll do none of it this time around.
 
I'm trapped with a lot of work. I want to get as good an impression of the Red Cross here that I can write a story about it.
 
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The Red Cross doing its part. The world would be a different place without it!
 
But most of all: I need a boat! I really thought I had it all planed out. On a weekly basis Maersk Line offers a service which goes from Madagascar to The Seychelles via Oman to Mauritius...and back to Madagascar. Maersk has been helpful before and they were both kind, courteous and forthcoming this time as well. But the ships they use here are "time chartered" which basically means they have no say in regards to the ships crew or operation. They simply arrange for the freight and cannot give me passage. That was an immense blow to my planning!
 
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Port Louis is in Mauritius. Tamatave is the main port in Madagascar.
 
It shook me a bit to learn that. Because both Mauritius and the Seychelles are quite far into the ocean. People keep asking me about North Korea and my plans for that. Little do the know about the many tourist that visit every year. But no one says: How will you get to the Seychelles? I wouldn't have an answer anyway. Right now it seems tough.
 
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But after a weeks worth of visiting shipping companies and searching the internet I might have found something. Not to the Seychelles...but something plausible to get me to Mauritius. However nothing is sure until I'm on a boat. And lately we've discovered that even being on a boat isn't a guarantee ;)
 
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A bottle of of vodka goes for less than $2!
 
I've been met with a lot of hostility from a few shipping companies. And I've been embraced positively by others. It's often hard to explain the difference between me and a backpacker. The person receiving the request isn't always able to see the big picture. Taking part in the Saga is a possible thing!! And I will make sure that it is always rewarded. At times I wonder if I'm a visionary? I certainly see a clear path and have a lot of visions about the future for this project and for the world. But I often fall short in conveying this to others. In fact at times I feel like too many are waiting for this project to be complete. And they completely ignore what can be gained in its process...I think I will remember who was presents during the Saga and who only showed up at the end ;)
 
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I found a restaurant where they keep bringing you meat of all sorts until you put your flag down!! With dessert included I paid $13. 
 
While searching for a ship I've come across a lot of people who talk about a shipping line which takes cargo and passengers to Mauritius. I have myself found the same ship online. Actually there are 2 ships and the price is €255 for a one way ticket. But I've been in dialog with the manager of the company who informed that they discontinued that connection long ago. So it only exists online and in the memory of some people. There's a lot of that going around...
 
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I have met wonderful people here! There are surely more to come. The food is good and the islands is adventurous to be on. I could stay here and be happy! But I'm sure my smile will be much bigger as I see myself at sea...hopefully soon.
 
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The taxis are super cool ;)
 
Anyway, here's a list of the transportation which has brought us this far ;)
(the count "only" includes movements with my bags)
 

- 107 trains
- 79 metros
- 17 trams

- 242 buses
- 36 minibuses
- 47 taxis
- 58 shared taxis
- 36 motorcycle taxis
- 2 shared motorcycle taxis
- 3 4WD bush taxis
- 7 4WD
- 4 tuctucs or similar
- 9 trucks
- 2 NGO vehicles

- 13 ships
- 15 boats
- 4 fastboats
- 4 sailboats
- 3 cruise ships
- 1 ferry

- 1 high performance yacht
- 1 horse carriage
- 1 shared bicycle
- 1 police car

 
 
Best regards
Mr. Torbjørn C. Pedersen (Thor) - island hopping
"A stranger is a friend you've never met before"
 
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