I am an Australian born and bred in Noosa Heads, but have now been living in Madagascar for 10 years after about 6 years in Europe in the '90's.
You don't have to go back to Fianar, but you still have to take the RN7 north to Tana via Ambohimahasoa / Ambositra / Antsirabe if you go by road. Other (slow complicated) options are: Combination of road and pangalanes canal to somewhere around Mahanoro / Toamasina, fly on from Toamasina. Road south to Fort Dauphin along the east coast then fly on to Tana / Diego. Really, the easiest route is for you to just follow your tracks back to Tana and then you have choices of by road or by air to get to Diego. about 10 years ago
Anyone been to Madagascar?! Would love to hear anything about this amazing place.. I want to go but have no idea where to start! :)
Hi Holly I am an Australian who has lived in Madagascar for around 15 years. I am presently in Australia and would be happy to chat with you on skype or something, or you could ring me if you like. If you add dadamanga to your skype I will give you my mobile number in a message, or we could just chat there. Sorry to be so brief today but I am running off to do something, but anyway there is just so much to tell you and it would be much better done in a chat... Get in touch. Brett Massoud almost 9 years ago
Niko you will be fine, as long as you are not the type who speaks in English and then when the person does not understand, you just repeat yourself BUT LOUDER. You do need to make some effort, try to avoid complex phrases or colloquialisms and do try to tame your accent if you have one (such as my Australian accent), but Madagascar and the Malagasy (who are brilliant linguists in general) have made a huge effort to spread English around in the past decade. You will be just fine. Go, enjoy yourself, enjoy your efforts at communicating with the ever patient Malagasy, and be prepared for the odd drunk who knows one sentence in English and repeats it to you ALL DAY or for however long you happen to be sharing a bus stop or whatever. It helps to learn a simple phrase in French, for desperate moments, such as "is there anyone around here who speaks English"? I rescued myself that way many times prior to learning Malagasy because there is always someone who can, and who will be proud and happy to help you. over 9 years ago
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