- Tenacity! Madagascar is not London nor New York nor Sydney nor Toronto.... things work at a different pace – slowly.
- Flexibility. The diet is different, so are living conditions. Fear not! These changes provide endless opportunity to bond with your group. After all, you all are living in intensely close conditions; it pays to discover one another. They’ll be your family, second to your Socio Organizer, and Malalatiana, of course.
- Be realistic! Its impossible to know exact living conditions. Don’t over-pack. Of course it’s important to be comfortable, but don’t forget what you’ve gotten yourself into. If anything, you will be reminded of what necessities really are.
- Laugh! It’s easy to take oneself too seriously. The absurdity of some situations leave little room for much else...Laughter is the ultimate cure for any heartache (or headache) and due to its universality, uncommonly approachable. Making mistakes are inevitable: think of humility as the gift that keeps on giving.
And because sometimes Madagascar leaves one speechless, I turn to he who knows her better than I.
Three daybreaks, Part III, lines 1-10 (of III parts)
All the stars are melted together
in the crucible of time,
then cooled in the sea
and turned into a many-faceted stone-block.
A dying lapidist, the Night,
setting to work with all her heart
and all her grief to see her mills
like ashes in the wind,
cuts with what living care the prism.