Sunset on a quiet beach

Isolated and beautiful

Isolated and beautiful

I’ve been in Ft. Dauphin, where the keyboards have the French layout and very few people speak English, for three days now. This, by right of its natural beauty, should be a perfect sun and surf tourism destination. Unfortunately for the local economy, it’s mostly empty (not withstanding the four French guys I met playing foosball who, again, spoke almost zero English).

It’s a little remote, but what is apparently keeping most tourists away is the political instability in Madagascar. The former president was ousted (by a DJ-turned-populist-mayor of Tana) in what amounted to a coup and elections are set to be held again next year.

Not that there’s really anything unsafe about traveling here. Subtle political tension or no, Madagascar is far safer than Kenya, where tourists go by the tens of thousands.

But heck, if the Westerners want to let me have the sunsets to myself, that’s fine by me.

(My primary purpose here: to report on global mining corporation Rio Tinto’s titanium mine just outside town. I meet with officials and tour the mine Friday; more on that later.)

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2 Responses to “Sunset on a quiet beach”

  1. Royal Says:
    October 7th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Real perdy.

  2. ADAM JADHAV » Blog Archive » A year-in-review Says:
    November 12th, 2010 at 12:02 am

    [...] ate great food in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, enjoyed fantastic sunsets in far-flung areas, toured a mine that claims to be eco-friendly and followed around [...]

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