Sunday, 31 August 2014

Going to bed before 9pm... I really must be sick. Ugh, ugh, ugh.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Back in Melbs and back to the day-to-day... sigh. 

Friday, 29 August 2014

The journey home from PNG was all going well until fucking Virgin moved me at the last minute from a window seat at the front to a middle seat in the very back row. To add insult to injury, I'm stuck between two huge, fat dudes and have crying kids in the three rows in front. Ugh, ugh. UGH. 

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Last night in PNG. Soooooo not ready to leave my Goroka family!  :(

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Most amazing farewell party - our house meri, Christina, took me to the chicken market and we bought Petrova and Posy, then Christina and her husband John made mambu (chicken and greens stuffed in bamboo and cooked over a fire). Delicious!! Will be so sad to leave Goroka on Friday. 


Yes, I've named all the chickens I've eaten here. Penelope, Pippa Middleton, Petrova and Posy. They were all delicious. 

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

They're showing Speed. Again.

We just watched it on Sunday and the girls complained most of the way through at the lack of believability. Don't think I can convince them to watch it again.

Damn.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Tonight's dinner conversation was conducted entirely in German... needless to say, I was very quiet.

(My host is German and our dinner guest is also German and doesn't speak much English)

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Final Sunday swim at the Steak House, followed by a secondhand shopping spree with Emma (got an awesome Ted Baker top for 50 toia (A$0.26)!!

I think I'm really going to miss PNG.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Climbed a mountain, went to the Bird for lunch, bought a bucketload of clothes at the secondhand market for PGK20 and roasted Pippa Middleton* for dinner with friends. Pretty much a perfect Saturday in PNG.


* Pippa Middleton is the name I gave to the chicken our house meri killed yesterday. She had a good backside.

Friday, 22 August 2014

One last Friday night football game with the gang followed by dinner and lively conversation at the Pacific. I'm really going to miss this place.  :(

Thursday, 21 August 2014

One of those days where the to-do list gets longer yet very few things are ticked off.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Finally I get to sleep on a real bed!! The 1" thick mattress in Tari was terrible...

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Going back to Goroka two days earlier than planned. You have no idea how much this excites me... mainly because we'll get hot water and a mattress that's not so thin you can feel the bedslats poking into your hip when you roll over.

Monday, 18 August 2014

"Roughing it" in Tari for the next four days. There's a lot of dust, a lot of bugs and no hot water. 

I may be uttering the phrase "I'm too old for this shit" by Friday...

Sunday, 17 August 2014

The Goroka Mudmen tried to get me to buy one of their masks at the Mt Hagen Show today... how the hell I'd get it through customs, let alone fit it in my suitcase didn't seem to be a factor to them.

Also.  The supermarket in Hagen has soft cheese. SOFT CHEESE. Oh how I've missed you...

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Life is so social here - friends just pop around for a coffee or to invite you to pop over for dinner... where you get to eat crocodile curry for the first time, ever.

(It really does taste like chicken)

Friday, 15 August 2014

It's official - I am crap at football/soccer. But man did I have fun playing five-a-side after work tonight! #GorokaTales

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Happy Birthday to my most precious god-daughter and niece. I still remember the phone call, fifteen years ago, announcing her arrival. It was a great day.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Farewell to one of my cinematic idols. 

Tuesday, 12 August 2014



Farewell O Captain, my Captain.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Slowly learning what a PNG schedule means...

Basically what you thought will happen may not happen and regardless of what happens it will happen on a much slower schedule than you ever anticipated. 

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Spirited, intense script analysis with Angela, Gina and Verena over G&Ts. #GorokaTales 

Saturday, 9 August 2014

 Christened turning Verena's study corner into a movie theatre by embarking on season 3 of Girls. Finally starting to like the Adam character.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Babysitting Olawe (4) and Nandame (3) involves two rounds of The Lego Movie, Rio and Gnomeo & Juliet. One is finally asleep, the other is still buzzing like the Energiser bunny with requests for me to sing "Do You Want To Build A Snowman?" over and over and over and over and over...

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Watching the sunset over the Eastern Highlands from the deck of the Haven, glass of wine in hand. Life in PNG is good.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Apparently Titanic is the second-most popular movie in PNG and it's been on TV three times since I've been here...

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Braved the Goroka shops solo today. Pathetic that this is considered an achievement.

Monday, 4 August 2014

So it would seem that all the female expats frequent the gym at the National Sports Institute (probably because it's the safest place to exercise). Also, my gluts are killing me. 

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Fun times with Charlie, Emma & Verena over a Sunday roast.

Thank you Penelope-the-chicken-who-was-bought-at-the-market-on-Friday-sat-in-our-laundry-tub-for-a-couple-of-hours-before-being-killed-and-plucked-by-our-house-meri; you were delicious!

Saturday, 2 August 2014

I'm always fascinated by people who work in another country who only socialise with fellow expats (tonight's party being the prime example). Seems a bit pointless to me. How are you supposed to fully immerse yourself in a different culture if you pretty much do exactly what you do back home?

Friday, 1 August 2014

Got free membership to the National Sports Institute gym today... wonder how long it will take me to get fit again?