I have been in Antananarivo for a little more than a week now. It's been mostly about running around town, catching up with families, seeing old friends, meeting familiar online friends in real life... the head is spinning quite a bit from all the stories and the resilience of the people here.
Oddly enough, I have not been able to keep track of news as well as when I was abroad but I definitely have a better understanding of what happended and how people experienced the past months. Things as expected were much more complicated than they appeared, granted it was already confusing enough.
I have many photos, clips and stories I'd like to share but time and internet access is failing me. So I decided to just enjoy the company of families and friends as much as possible, blogging be damned :).
Last but not least, I'd like to give a shout out to all bloggers who took time to chat with me. It's been an education and a true treat. And you know what is really missing from blogging? You rarely get to share a good laugh together.
We will try to all get together and share our experiences, tips and lesson learned as new media users during crisis on
Saturday , July 4th at Ivotel Ambohidahy from 13:00 until who knows when....
It will be a continuation of BarCamp Madagascar 9 months ago ( an enriching meet-up from all accounts) and a workshop on new media tools for beginners will close the session.
A few influential bloggers and twitterers have already agreed to present on various themes such as: why they felt that blogging was a civil act a the times, the complenetarity of blogging with journalism, importance of timely, authentic tweets, staying out of harm's way and how digital media can participate in the recovery process.
I have been preaching the importance of linking to other blogs in blog posts and here I am, without a link to show for.
The lesson as always, I am an idiot.
Still, please do come on saturday, the exchange of ideas and the manner in which it will happen will be intriguing.
Plus there will be food, drinks and free wifi.