Fruit

We eat a lot of yummy fruit here in PNG.  There are amazing bananas, pineapples and papayas.  We also get strawberries and mulberries.  In Mibu they had wonderful oranges.  A couple of our favorite fruits are new  to us here though.  Lucy in particular has developed a fondness for diwai tomatoes and sugar fruit/passion fruit.…

Ziplock Bags

[We added the last of our favorite Mibu pictures to a gallery here.] In America I was totally grossed out by washing ziplock bags. I knew in theory it was a good idea to wash them to save money, but it was sort of where I drew the line. I have been known to coupon…

Parting Gifts

The day before leaving Mibu the closest friends we had made from the tribe came bearing gifts. Longe, my language helper, who had come to chat with me every Tuesday and Thursday morning, brought me this bilum she made for me, which she decorated with flowers and onions and filled full of oranges. Posilonge, Joseph’s…

Getting Out

When we were leaving Mibu the Husas were also heading out to go to America (where they will be having baby #4!).  We couldn’t all fit on the helicopter at once, so it was decided that Shannon and I (Elizabeth) should go on the first helicopter ride with 4 of the children and that the…

Breaking News…

We’ll be back with more about the funeral, but we had to share our breaking news!  We got a kitty! Meet Aurora:   We have been having a rat problem so we thought a cat might help with that.  It turns out one of the local guys who works here on our base had some…

3 Little Indians

There are 4 new families here doing orientation and Pidgin study.  All of us are always trying to get in hours learning Pidgin and most of us have 2 official language sessions per week. In order to have a time when we can focus exclusively on language learning, the Walkers and we switch off babysitting…

Meri Blouses

Here Faye and I are sporting the latest fall fashions. 🙂 This is the way the ladies from PNG dress. A “meri blouse”, which is the name for this kind of long top, and a long skirt. Sometimes we try to fit in and wear the same type of clothes, especially when we go to…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! It doesn’t feel like thanksgiving here, but we had a good day.  It sure did make us miss our families though! A lot of you have asked us if we were going to celebrate or what we were going to do to celebrate, so I thought you might like to see what…

Evals

Last week we had our first language evaluation.  We should be having these every month or so to help us know how we are progressing.  I was totally nervous to walk around with Terry and Rosie (the same folks who have been orienting us this whole time) and talk to people knowing that they were…

Second Hand Shopping

Before coming to PNG I corresponded with a couple of ladies who already lived here about what to bring. One thing I specifically asked was what kind of clothes to bring and what I could get in the country.  They told me that I would be able to buy clothes here at second hand stores.…