Day 24: Gleen on me…

Madagascar

Today we went octopus gleening. Normally this is an activity done by the local women. It is the act of walking through the water at low tide with a spear, tickling the octopus that might be underneath the rocks. The goal isn’t to stab the octopus but rather irritate them enough to latch onto the spear.

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These ladies speak no english so it was quite humorous when we’re walking in chest deep water using the sticks as walking sticks more than tickling devices. (The tide was not supposed to be this high. We were expecting knee deep depths, but the tide rose a little quickly). I’m not going to lie, all of us volunteers seemed a little lost. It would have been nice to have at least one sentence of activity clarification. All we could do is laugh. Unfortunately there was no octopus sighted but one lady caught a rock fish… apparently they’re toxic and quite dangerous!

This morning we went to saturday school and put on a skit for the children. It was awesome being a kid again! Then the children practiced their talent show dance routines. Their personalities shine so brightly. I sometimes forget about the language barrier. Lesson learned, words are sometimes overrated…

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