So whenever people bring up the conversation topic of “If you could go anywhere in the world and money was no object, where would you go?” I always say Madagascar. Or Cuba. But mostly Madagascar. I’ve been wanting to go to Madagascar for a long time. Maybe because 80% of the plant and animal species there are endemic, meaning they are only found on Madagascar (Lemurs! A giant flowering palm that can be seen from space! Comet moth!). Maybe because their royalty had names like King Andriamasinavalona, Queen Ranavalona, King Andrianampoinimerina and Prime Minister Rainivoninahitriniony. I fucking kid you not. Or maybe because it takes one million hours to get there and I LOVE being cramped in an economy class seat watching the same five movies over and over again. Maybe they show the DreamWorks animated film “Madagascar”! Also “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” AND “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”! They’ll probably have Madagascar movies up to number 5 by the time I actually get on a plane to go there, so conceivably I could totally only watch “Madagascar” movies on my way there.
But today I discovered a country that I didn’t even know existed. And it blew my mind. A country EVEN MORE REMOTE than Madagascar. Like, if Madagascar had a younger brother that was a reclusive hermit so no one really got to see him, but he was a totally awesome dude. Maybe as awesome as Madagascar. Who knows…
Okay. So go to Google Maps. Type in “La Reunion”…just “La Reunion” and not “La Reunion, France” and certainly not just “Reunion”. And then zoom out.
OH. EM. GOD.
Yep. I am definitely going there before I die.