Madagascar has many meanings to each of us that we hold dear to our hearts. We asked members of our MadaLiving community to tell us what Madagascar means to them.
In today's MadaLiving snapshot, Koloina describes how Madagascar made her who she is today as a strong and independent Malagasy woman.
Home is the first destination that I want to go after a long journey. It is where I feel safe and comfortable. Also, it is a place where I can truly just be myself and build memories with family and friends.
To me, Madagasikara is my home. This is where I was born and raised for twelve years of my life. There is nothing like being awaken by a rooster every morning or hearing all the noises outside at 5 am before the sunrise.
The feeling about being at school in Madagasikara was completely different. I had to leave one hour early to avoid traffic, so I usually did my homework in the car. Unfortunately, I will not be able to do that no more. Also, once you hear the famous sound “tandatandatanda” from radio Don Bosco, I knew it is 2 pm and I was on the way back to school after lunch time.
Everything I did back home was memorable. I never felt so comfortable like that in my life. I was not afraid of taking any action or show who I was as a person.
As I grew up, I had the opportunity to travel around Madagasikara to discover my home. I learned more about Malagasy culture and how lovely our people are.
Of course, I will not forget about food. Who does not love food? That is low key sad if it is the case. Anyway, I really miss going to the market every morning to buy those fresh products of the day. Not to mention, what I really like is that organic food is cheaper than fast food in Madagasikara. So, you do not have to worry about getting sick because of GMO. The feeling of fresh food in your mouth is just another story that I cannot explain in words how good it is.
However, there is no other words that described what Madagasikara means to me. I would just say that Madagasikara is the place that where I grew up, build memories, enjoy delicious food, and of course made me who I am today as a strong and independent Malagasy woman.