Bilum Collection

Here in Papua New Guinea, bilums are all the rage.* Since we don’t want to stand out, we obviously have adopted using them. Now it is hard to tell the difference between us and PNG nationals. This was our first bilum, purchased by Elizabeth in the second week we were here at the street market…

PNG Living

We’ve shown a bunch of pictures of houses here in PNG, but I realized we haven’t shown much of what they look like inside. So to remedy that, here’s the inside of one house. This is pretty typical from what we’ve seen and heard. There is usually a bamboo platform that serves as a bed…

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.…

Eating Out

Most of you probably know that I love to eat out.  In the US, I was always up for dropping whatever plans I had so I could eat out with friends.  We totally miss our 5:00 calls from Matt and Lindsey New to go out to supper, and we don’t get NEARLY as many opportunities…

Happy Halloween

We tried to pretend it was fall here so we could enjoy Halloween. Elizabeth made carmel corn and pumpkin muffins and God sent us a cool wind that almost made us think it could be fall. We haven’t seen a single “real” pumpkin here, but we did get a couple of small green ones. The…

Pidgin Audio

We’ve had a request to hear what Pidgin sounds like. So here it is. This is a recording of our friend, Hoax, talking about work he will be doing in his garden tomorrow. You’ll be able to notice how the language has a lot of English words (or English sounding words.) Most of the time…

Belle lainim tok pisin

We haven’t been trying to actively teach our kids Pidgin, but every once in a while we ask them to say a Pidgin phrase or something. Lucy usually obliges, but Belle never does.  She has never seemed at all interested when we encourage her, so it has surprised us when something Pidgin comes out of…