That’s it. The paperwork’s been signed, your tickets are booked and you’ve even figured out where the best shops or bars are in your soon-to-be-new-home. You’re about to set off on your year abroad! Already, you anticipate the sights and smells of the city, or the open air of the countryside, and the exciting times to come exploring a new place with friends you haven’t even met yet.
Famed for its unique wildlife and remote location, little is ever reported in the western world of the people of Madagascar, their culture and traditions. Arriving there in October, I realised that I knew practically nothing about the often-forgotten island other than that which I’d seen on the odd David Attenborough documentary. So, with a month of first-hand experience before me and armed with a good old book*, I decided to find out more about Madagascar, a developing country on a mission to catch up with the rest.