It took some time to get out of the city and then very quickly the scenery became more rural. People tended to their paddy fields and kids wrestled with each other, momentarily looking up to wave and then getting back into the thick of it again. The sun sets early here, around 5pm, so when I arrived at my lodge for the night – Couleur Cafe – it was already pitch black. The room was large and tastefully decorated with hard wood floors and wooden furniture to match. After a much-needed shower, I went to the restaurant for dinner. My first introduction to Malagasy food was excellent: pea/cream soup with delicious bread, followed by fish, rice and a salad, finally topped off with a very tasty mousse. It was a nice way to end what had been a pretty long few days travelling. Tomorrow I have a 10 hour drive to the west of the country known for the famous baobab trees, tsingys (unique rock formations) and wildlife.This blog is part of an Off-The-Beaten-Track Travel Diary. Click on the link below to navigate through this journey.