So the consolidation of Peace Corps Volunteers continues in Madagascar. We have now been consolidated for a week here in Fort Dauphin - a long and stressful week of uncertainty. We are receiving daily 'cryptic' updates from Peace Corps about the situation which usually involve the words "calm but very tense" and "peaceful political unrest" as well as "Tropical Cyclone Gael" which is threatening to make landfall sometime this weekend.
So we wait, hoping for the political situation to resolve itself in the best possible way for the people of Madagascar. The Ambassador has issued a statement to the BBC World Service warning the Madagascar government that receiving American aid in the near future may be unlikely without addressing some of the issues at the center of the current political crisis.
He said President Ravalomanana was seeking a grant totalling $500m (Â£345m) starting in 2010.
"There is very little opportunity for that to happen unless some of these issues of political freedom and economic freedom as well begin to be addressed," he said.
So we are spending some of our days helping a Malagasy friend create a web site for his guide service near Fort Dauphin. When we aren't doing that we're reading books or watching movies. Most recently we watched the new Batman movie "The Dark Knight" which we both enjoyed.
If things stay calm this weekend we might be returning to our village sometime next week. But who knows.