Trip Start Jun 21, 2008
4Trip End Jul 05, 2008
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I decided to go to East Cape, which is the eastern most point of the main land of PNG. To get there I took the local transportation called PMV's or public motor vehicle. Basically it's a huge truck with two benches in the back down each side. Everyone piles in with all their supplies and off you go. It was fun to get out of the town of Alotau and see some small villages along the way, plus there were some nice views.
It didn't take long for word to spread through the village that a "dimdim" (white person) was in town and they all knew where I was staying. After I got back from the island I went for a stroll through the village. As I walked down the street people were stopping me and introducing themselves to me, telling me how they knew the owner of the guesthouse-he's my cousin, my uncle, my sister is married to his brother, etc. I didn't expect any food to be available to me so I had brought along some nuts, cookies and wine to get by on. Instead the family who ran the guesthouse visited with me in the evening and cooked me a beautiful fish dinner. I absolutely could not have felt more welcome in that little village. As I sat in my bungalow that night finishing off my wine and enjoying the view and quietness I realised that, though I will never forget, I can't let the incident in Goroka be what I remember most about this trip. I had one person who was mean to me while so many were overwhelmingly kind, especially the people in this village and Dollar.