Alicia Fernández Rubio
Little did I know, I was about to sign myself into something greater than I had ever imagined…
Living, Malagasy Style...I thought, before I left Mexico, that I had all I needed to pretty much survive in Madagascar. I read books, talked to previous explorers, arranged all my camping equipment. But, let’s face it, life really doesn’t always turn out the way you planned it… and that was just the beginning!
It seems that when we give up on what was, well that’s when things that we thought improbable, or even impossible even, happen right before your eyes. You know things aren’t going to be like they are in your own country, but the most amazing thing was to learn how easy it is for anyone to get used to something. We have so much going on in our lives that we take for granted the little things that really make a difference. Things, like, electricity, running water, not to say hot water, a toilet, salt, the list could go on and on, but don’t worry, you’ll be shocked with how even the most different things for you, start to look more and more familiar. It starts getting scary when you can’t remember the last day you washed your hair, the last time you actually got to sit down on a toilet, or your last meal which didn’t include rice. And trust me, these are only a couple of not-so-strange-examples… just imagine the rest!
Oh, and something that kind of sucked: don’t expect to be surrounded by lemurs or any other endemic Malagasy animal all day. You might get lucky and see some in the forest… sad but true, they are not going to be there posing for your camera, they’ll probably be hiding from you. Sorry to say, the biggest fauna contact will come from spiders, cockroaches and lizards, not to mention the zebus you’ll have to dodge while walking on the road in every town.
Life is funny sometimes, it can push pretty hard, but if you look close enough you find hope in the laughter of children, in the immensity and solitude of the forest, or in the eyes of someone willing to take that extra step to make a difference. So, if you’re looking for a challenge and a truly unique three-month experience in which you’ll see conservation in a different kind of way. Well, go for it… you might end up learning a little bit more of something called life.
In other words… they might even sound wise
Have you ever wondered if one life can really make an impact on the world? Or if the choices we make matter? I believe they do, it only takes one person to do something good, it only takes one thought to make you believe that we can be the change our planet needs.