Wednesday, 18 September 2013

HELL-VILLE,NOSY BE,MADAGASCAR,10sept,2013

A day sail from nosy mitsio to nosy be,the main island.dropped anchor in Hell-ville harbour.several yachts at anchor.busy little wharf with containers.little ferries arrive to disgorge  and load cargo and passengers.sailing dhows ,without motors,glide in and out.small dugouts ,with outriggers are common,hoisting small sails when  needed,dropping nets in circles,.
We dinghied in,stopping at a yacht called Future.cornelius invited us aboard for coffee,and gave us all the local info- boat boys,diesel,propane,motor scooter hire,markets,supermarket,beer etc
He then offered to come back to haven to try and fix our sailmail problem.it then did connect,albeit only once.however,others are also having connxn problem,so may improve as we get closer to hf station at Maputo,mainland Africa
Then went ashore.john the dinghy man was there,recognisable by green rasta hat,to mind our dinghy
We walked past old colonial buildings,were passed by yellow tuk tuks,ancient renault taxis,cow and carts,found the supermarket,bought some Zebu steak for dinner,some wine,some Madagascar cheese.
Stopped at Nandipos,a bar with atmosphere,walls covered by photos,liquor ads and empty bottles,for a cool relaxing THB beer.

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