Imported all my photos/videos from Papua New Guinea, and it’s 167 GB. This might take awhile to sift through…
Made it to Sydney. Overnighting here to catch a flight out first thing in the morning. 11 flights down, 3 to go.
Even the short <2 hour flights on Quantas will serve a meal with free alcohol. Here was tonight’s dish.
Saying goodbye to Papua New Guinea this morning. See you soon, Michigan.
Ate our final supper last night, with the Papua District President Gundu, the Treasurer John, his wife Pauline, and Secretary Judy.
Leaving in 14 hours to come home! It’s going to be a long two day journey. I got the movies queued up on the iPad and a ton of sleep to catch up on.
Couldn’t have asked for a nicer sunset on our final day in Papua New Guinea.
Beginning our last day in Papua New Guinea. Here’s a shot I took from the flight back from Alotau to Port Moresby yesterday.
This is by far the most remote location I’ve ever visited. A tour of a village in Sewa Bay…
The sun sets on our last day in the beautiful Alotau. A couple more days in Port Moresby and we’ll be heading back to Michigan.
Here’s a video clip of the boat ride back to the main land yesterday. This was taken while we were hugging the shoreline to avoid the larger swells. Later when we crossed the channel it got a lot worse. Our skipper did a nice job of easing the biggest hits though.
Yesterday we went to the market in Alotau. The food looked amazing.
It’s laundry day here in Papua New Guinea, but it’s a much more involved process than back home. Here’s how it’s done.
This morning we joined the women’s group for a sing-sing. The traditional outfits were amazing and you should have seen the amount of food (including live chickens!) they brought to donate to the pastors of the 22 local churches.
The national church office for the ELCPNG is in Lae. We spent 2 days there meeting with everyone together: the 4 synods from the US and the 4 districts from PNG. It was wonderful to meet so many new people, and the hospitality shown by our hosts was amazing.
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/Y0lSc_t9zew
We visited the parliament building this morning here in Port Moresby. This mural was created by countless tiny tiles. It was quite amazing.
Flight number 7 out of 14. Last really early morning flight, hopefully (woke up at 3:45am).
Security at this airport was…interesting. I opened my suitcase to show the guard the inside. He asked me if I had anything dangerous. I said no, and he waved me on.
Six flights later and we finally landed in Lae last night. Got a good nights rest for the first time since the trip started.
First lunch in Papua New Guinea: bacon and egg sandwiches, egg and bell pepper quiche, potato salad, and fresh fruit on a separate plate. Really tasty, but I’m curious what they eat for breakfast…
We spent a couple of nights in Cairns, Australia to recover from the 2 day flight to this hemisphere. I talk about some of our experiences in this video. Tomorrow we’ll be in Papua New Guinea!
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/uzZKILs6H7s
After 37 hours of traveling time, we made it to our first stop in Cairns, Australia. Here are some video clips from our journey…
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/WNrov5BxUK8