I give up.

After banging my head against the keyboard just to get up this simple post, I reluctantly bring you this announcement: the blog is on temporary hiatus. I can’t find a quality Internet connection in the cities and towns south of Madagascar’s capital to support it.

In a week or so, around Nov. 20, I expect to pass back through the capital, and I promise you then plenty of photo-filled posts about life in this brilliant country.

For now, I leave you with these thoughts, straight out of my notebook:

Why did I bother suffering through dirty, hassle-filled, expensive West Africa when there exists such a place as Madagascar? Everything here is magnificant in comparison: the scenery is like none I’ve ever seen before, with rice patties of all shades of green stretching as far as the eye can see; the travel easier on the body, less cramped; the people friendlier despite an invasion of tourists; the souvenirs cleanier and worth buying; and the food, I’ve been eating like a king! And it’s all costing me around 25 bucks a day.