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Oceania » Papua New Guinea » Milne Bay » Alotau March 9th 2014

To even think about taking a holiday to Papua New Guinea you’d have to be out of your tiny mind. At least that was the word on the street before we left. In terms of potential for violence, the place is hardcore. Just last year, a group of tourists were horrified when their party was ambushed and their guides hacked to death in front of their very eyes. And it’s not as if this is a new problem. Even the earliest explorers returned with tales of an exotic land stocked with Birds of Paradise, but one inhabited by a bunch of warring cannibals and head-hunters who seldom gave a warm welcome. Back in the day round these parts, a man’s status was determined not by his bank balance or his choice of car, but by how ... read more
Mantis Shrimp
Plucky Little Crab
Sunset from the Restaurant

Oceania » Papua New Guinea » Milne Bay January 23rd 2014

We knew when arriving in PNG that it had a number of cultural groups and over 800 languages. It really took us our whole visit to understand what that means. Each of the places we visited has an entirely different way of living meaning that anything we learned in one area is not necessarily true in the other areas, it was really like visiting 3 different countries. It also means that there is virtually no national identity (except when it comes to the national Rugby League team of course) and loyalties and allegiances are to the tribe and not the country as a whole. This makes the national political situation particularly challenging because for the most part no ones primary concern is the country as a whole. The Trobriand Islands (or “Trobs” as the locals and ... read more
Baggage claim
Yam House
Yam plants

Oceania » Papua New Guinea » Milne Bay » Logia Island December 30th 2013

Well readers when we left off Shelagh and Heather were “stranded” at their resort in Tufi after their plane to Port Moresby didn’t arrive. Let’s tune back in too see what happened… The plane to Port Moresby was scheduled to arrive in Tufi at 7:45am and depart again at 8:15am. When we asked the Air PNG rep at the hotel what time we needed to have our bags ready in the morning he did some careful calculations and informed us that we should have our bags ready at 5:45 am. Let me remind you that the airstrip is a 2 minute drive from the hotel and there is literally no building, luggage cart, airport infrastructure of any sort (oh, that’s a lie, there’s a wind sock) at the airport. Really, we need to check in and ... read more
Bathroom in Alatou airport
Our view view of Nuli Sapi and our bungalow
Nuli Sapi resort

Oceania » Papua New Guinea » Milne Bay » Alotau April 25th 2008

Well greetings from Alotau. This port was only 6 days long and so I desided that i would take the opertunity to take a few break days during this port. So we had 3 break days and 3 of my good friends and I went to a local resort for the days. It was so nice because when i was arranging this accomedation and what not, I was writting back and forth between the resort and me. I first mentioned to the lady about the doulos and the work we do. She replyed back to me and told me that of course everyone has heard of the Doulos and she was on it back in 1988 or somthing. Anyways she knew how we were missionarys and so she gave us a really amazing deal on this ... read more
Local Dance
Local shopping
Two friends.

Oceania » Papua New Guinea » Milne Bay » Alotau March 29th 2008

There is something, shall we say, unnerving about being completely defenseless in a city more known for its violence, than its colorful mixture of native cultures. I guess that if you think about it, if you open the blender that is the city of Port Moresby, and you throw in a few thousand immigrants from some 800 distinctly different cultures, add a heaping portion of poverty, a good amount of disillusionment about jobs that dont exist, and top it all off with a tiny sprinkle of available land, its really no wonder that this city seems like a breeding ground for fear and violence. 3 weeks ago, knowing all this, my attorney and I were as game as ever to jump right in with both feet...and hopefully pull ourselves back out as soon as we possibly ... read more




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