Thursday, 31 July 2014

The last of the conference people left today... now we can get on with some actual work...

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Electricity went off at 9pm... Internet has been sporadic since. At least the water's still on and my iPad's fullly charged so I can get onto my kindle app and read for a bit!
#GorokaTales

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Had just finished my swim at Steak House's pool this morning, when another earthquake hit, reminding me that the same thing happened last week! Guess it's quite common in these parts... 

Monday, 28 July 2014

We have a new rat. This one is even more bolshi than the last one... he's actively seeking out the sachets of poison and munching through them like they were candies. Little bugger.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

The electricity has gone off at least four times today already and it's only 3.40pm. Ah, the rural life...

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Volleyball in the village of Bena. 

Friday, 25 July 2014

Well, that's a wrap on the 10th OURMedia conference in Goroka. Now I get to hang in PNG for another five weeks and do fun stuff like visiting local villages and catching up on reading. And sleeping. I could probably spend a whole week sleeping...

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Official conference (closing) dinner tonight at the Steak House. Awesome food, awesome band and a chance for us to let our hair down. Brilliant fun.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

PNG neighbour's dog bite, day 3. This may take a while to heal... 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Day 2 of the conference. Day 1 went as well as could be expected... we're just putting out fires now.

Monday, 21 July 2014

That moment when the arsehats you've been arguing with all day decide to follow you on twitter. Ugh. 

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Worked like a navvy all day to get the conference up and running then got a chunk taken out of my ankle by the neighbour's dog as I was trying to get in the front door. Not my finest day here in PNG... applying the Yazz principle for tomorrow.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

First full day in PNG. Spent most of it in the office, but still got a bit of a look around. The supermarket FASCINATES me. So many odd things... like drum kits and 50kg bags of rice.

Friday, 18 July 2014

A couple of huge days ahead with the conference starting on Sunday and loads still to do... it's off to bed for me!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Trying to do everything I need to do tonight has taken three times longer than normal due to PNG's appalling internet. Oh well, it's a good lesson in patience!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Took to the wheel on the crazy, pot-holed, unsurfaced roads of Goroka today. Survived. 

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Internet has been in and out all day, it was a gorgeous sunny morning but it's been raining sheets since 3pm... oh and the housekeeper gave me a ticking off for doing the dishes and making my bed because that's HER job... welcome to life in Goroka!

Monday, 14 July 2014

Up at ridiculous o'clock to watch the World Cup final because my host is German. Thank god they won.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

There is a rat on the other side of my bedroom wall, chomping its way through a bag of rat poison like it was candy. Disgusting. 

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Spent the morning coaching actors for an educational video on midwifery. Specifically, how to examine a placenta. Actual, freshly delivered placentas were used. It. Was. Gross.

But fun.

Goroka is quite amazing. The level of poverty is incredible, but the people are super friendly and welcoming. I am getting used to hearing "White Meri! White Meri!" (white woman) from all the kids in the settlements...

Friday, 11 July 2014

Made it to Goroka with minimal disruptions. Great dinner with the peeps who will become my expat family over the next 7 weeks.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Heading to PNG first thing tomorrow. Internet will be sketchy (to put it mildly) so I will keep a manual list of One Line A Day posts (how old school!) and upload them in bulk when I get a chance.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Another day of sitting around waiting for couriers, only to have them not turn up.

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Sitting around waiting for DHL is not how I wanted to spend my day... especially since they didn't turn up, throwing the plans for the next two days into chaos.

Grrrr.

Monday, 7 July 2014

I need to make a choice. I can use the calendar on my phone, or I can use my paper diary, but I've GOT to stop using both. I've double booked myself three times already this week and it's only Monday.

FFS.

(As if I'm not frantic enough with getting ready to go to PNG for 7 weeks on Friday...)

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Fangirling over Tom Skerritt at Comic Con is totally fine, right? Even if you're 43 and he's 80?

Because, DRUM!! VIPER!! SHERIFF BROCK!!!!! I mean, C'MON...

Saturday, 5 July 2014

A cacophony of saxophones and percussion played by people in giant masks made from styrofoam, toilet roll cores and paper plates. Four hours of my life I'll never get back... just as well I was getting paid for it. 

Friday, 4 July 2014

Today I farewelled the first friend I made when I moved to Melbourne five years ago. Happy trails, Bridgi - may Edinburgh be awesome for you! 

(Also, three of the students in our film and tv class didn't know who Aaron Sorkin is. To say I was horrified would be an understatement.)

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Received my passport back from PNG High Commission - they process their visas the old-fashioned stick-in way. Haven't had one of those since the Schengen visa, circa 1996. Awesome.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Think I incurred a speeding fine on a work trip to Benalla today. As if I'm not forking out enough cash over the next few weeks...

#HaemorrhagingMoney
#RentIncrease
#ContentsInsuranceDue
#OweTaxOfficeABundle
#OngoingMedicalBills
#FML

SIGH.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

There's an AFL charity match being shown on TV tonight. An awesome player by the name of Abbey Holmes is carving up the opposition and booting goals. What a great role model for young girls who want to play AFL.

It's just such a shame that the sexist commentators at Channel 9 are so flipping condescending about her. You'd think they'd never seen a woman playing footy before. Oh. Right. Silly me. They probably haven't, because the only women in their sphere are WAGS.