- Rubbish: How can people fill up their rubbish bins so quickly? Where do all those plastics come from? And most importantly, who will take my empty water bottles from now on?
- Showers: It now seems like a waste to use more water than what fits in a single bucket, but I really missed hot showers!
- Time: People back home actually use watches and everyone is on time!!! However, I miss being able to take things “mora mora” (“slowly, slowly”)
- Greetings: I constantly feel like waving my hand and saying hello at the people I pass by in the street, it’s a habit I picked up as children said “bonjour” over and over again, waiting with eyes wide open for me to say “bonjour” back, to laugh with excitement and astonishment.
- Fashion: After having seen people wearing t-shirts with huge holes in them, clothes have a different meaning to me now.
The thing I feel most grateful to have experienced is the day-to-day life in Madagascar, because that’s the beauty of living in a foreign country. To make an unknown place your home, even for just a short period of time; to build relationships with people, till they become friends, and then part of your family; to make their language your language and the whole experience, life.