Lapilo Market

Another perk of living on a base as large as Lapilo is that the market comes to us. Every Monday and Thursday afternoon, ladies from the area bring their produce and sit in the grass right outside our gate to sell fresh fruits and veggies as well as some handmade baskets, bilums and other trinkets.…

Temping

I’ve finished week number one in my temporary job with COC. What does COC stand for, you ask. Nobody can tell me. The first “C” and the “O” are for “Center Operations,” but the last “C” is a mystery. Apparently it’s been around so long that no one can remember what the last “C” is…

Base Explanation

I remember before we ever came to PNG being quite confused about where exactly we would be living. Some people said Goroka, some Sobega, and others Lapilo. Since all of these names were meaningless at the time, it was perplexing. Now that we are here, it’s not so confusing. This all makes sense to me:…

Travel Log

[Note to our readers: While we were home we got a lot of good feedback about our blog. However, one point of confusion voiced by some was that I, Joseph, typically write about a picture above the picture itself and Elizabeth does so below the picture. In this, Elizabeth has committed to ezer* me by…

Sobering Reality

Last week there was a story in the USA Today about a witch-burning in Papua New Guinea. If you are up for it, I encourage you to read it here┬ábecause it provides a glimpse of the reality we face in PNG. After reading that article, check out this post from more than a year ago…

Visa Update

Yesterday I walked into our house and told Elizabeth, “Our visa is here.” When she looked up with excitement, she saw that I was holding our new Capital One Venture cards. I don’t care who you are, that’s funny. Today I called PNG’s embassy in Washington again to get an update on the Visa we…