The past couple of days, our Madagascar team hiked about 7 miles and spent some time in an old palace outside of Antsirabe. There, we learned more of the Malagasy language and history while enjoying the beautiful view of the mountains and breathtaking display of stars that even brought some members to tears. Some struggled with the climb, but when we reached the top, we all decided the palace and its surrounding scenery was worth the struggle. We came up with a new zone to describe the hike: the sustained discomfort zone, which is in between the learning and panic zones. We all stretched outside our comfort zones to reach the palace, but we made it with team effort and strength. A few of our members felt ill in the past few days, but I am happy to report that all is well now here in Antsirabe. Soon, we will be entering into our learning zones as we navigate our first home-stays in a small rural farming village. We will continue to update you all as we continue our journey in this island of diversity. No lemurs yet.