Baobab Alley, Morondava

Baobab Alley, Morondava

Mark & Marcia

Mark & Marcia

Pousse-pousse (photo by Eileen McKeough)

Pousse-pousse (photo by Eileen McKeough)

Marie, Antananarivo

Marie, Antananarivo

Joyeaux & Ony, Antananarivo

Joyeaux & Ony, Antananarivo

Tomb, between Antananarivo and Mahajanga

Tomb, between Antananarivo and Mahajanga

Sean, Monica, Remy, Armelle

Sean, Monica, Remy, Armelle

Morondava

Morondava

Madagascar

Madagascar

1994–95 • An epic stay in a remote corner of the world, just before the sea change in global communications. I can remember mailing doomed postcards at the dysfunctional post office and making international calls at a public phone station powered by hamster wheels—memories that today make me feel like an old codger reminiscing about castor oil and barbershop quartets. Stayed 6 months with Mark and Marcia, whose incredible hospitality changed my life. Explored most of the island before settling down in the capital city and teaching English with no training and the barest of lesson plans. The couple in the wedding photo recently googled my name and sent jpegs of their teenagers via email. I'll transfer their wedding video from Hi-8 to QuickTime, put it on a thumb drive, and deliver via DHL. 

Baobab Alley, Morondava

Baobab Alley, Morondava

Mark & Marcia

Mark & Marcia

Pousse-pousse (photo by Eileen McKeough)

Pousse-pousse (photo by Eileen McKeough)

Marie, Antananarivo

Marie, Antananarivo

Joyeaux & Ony, Antananarivo

Joyeaux & Ony, Antananarivo

Tomb, between Antananarivo and Mahajanga

Tomb, between Antananarivo and Mahajanga

Sean, Monica, Remy, Armelle

Sean, Monica, Remy, Armelle

Morondava

Morondava