We only drove for 4 more hours today, and the time seemed to pass much quicker than yesterday. Perhaps it’s because I know we will get to Toliara today and perhaps it’s because we saw the OCEAN for the first time! After days of driving, seeing the ocean was better than I could have imagined it. The shallow coast makes the most unreal color of greeny blue.
We arrived at our hotel in Toliara today and it was a massive relief. The place seemed quite luxurious compared to what we had been staying in for the nights before. There was individual cabins for the rooms, wifi, and a pool. The power and water was still ‘iffy’ but I managed to get in one hot shower. The town itself is very different than anything I have seen before. Garbage is scattered everywhere. There are street vendors selling everything from raw meat to a strange looking spaghetti coleslaw mix. There’s children running around everywhere, pooping in the streets. And the smell. There is constant wet dog/sewage smell everywhere you go. The wet spots on the street usually smell the worst. I have learned very quickly to hold my breath when passing these ‘stink traps’.