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Travel Blogs from Lae
... inlaid with shells, woven baskets and trays (my personal favourite, I'm a sucker for a good weave!) and heaps of shell jewellery. Mum and Dad seemed to know everyone of course, stall holders and shoppers alike – I could have sworn we were back in the Queanbeyan Woollies!
From there it was back to the airport and on to Dad’s hometown of Lae where we arrived in the late arvo. We still had a bit of light left so went for a drive around the town ...
... This was Mardi and Philip's first visit back!
PNG was a very different place before independence and as the time for the visit loomed close, Mark and I were getting rather nervous that perhaps this wasn't such a great idea. It was going to be quite a shock to see familiar places so altered and not for the better.
Mardi and Philip arrived after dark so the dirt, neglect and shabbiness of Port Moresby was softened by the narrow view picked up in the ...
... 8211; ‘no whites’! The frustrated office manager could not have been more helpful - even taking us personally to Lutheran Shipping to see if their timetable might work for us – but whilst clearly embarrassed and unknowing of the reason for this decision if became very apparent that expensive flying would be the only way to travel the country. Whilst PNG is an expensive country to travel in, not having access to the main inter-island ferries makes it ...
... and general lawlessness are legend. However, during our time travelling, to date, conversations with PNG residents or travelers who have recently left elicit comments of 'well natured', ‘welcoming’ and ‘generous’ people. With the inevitable caveat of being aware of personal security. It only takes one bad fruit to ruin the barrel of apples!
In attempt to avoid Moresby and sort out ferry transportation we touch down ...
... main national translator) and I hiked in.
First, we caught a speedboat from Lae going south along the coast of the Huon Gulf in the choppy warm waters of the Pacific Ocean. We landed at a coastal village called Buakap and hiked up into the hills just a bit after enjoying a couple of coconuts to a village called Busama where we slept for the night. From the village, sitting under the swaying palm trees, you could look out over the South Pacific Ocean beyond a couple rolling ...
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