December 20th started early, with Jeff, Maggie and I piling into the Land Cruiser. We were going to Kaipale for their special Christmas service. Pastor Ki had invited Jeff to come and preach. The sun was shining, the air was barely warm, and the road was rough -- as always. As we drove, we looked … Continue reading Why I Love Papua New Guinea
The rain is falling for the third or fourth time today. Some days, I can't keep track. The dog is hiding under the house and the cats are cuddled up on the porch. It's a night like any other here in the Papua New Guinea Highlands. We don't know how many we'll have left. I … Continue reading A Day Like Any Other Day
We are back in Papua New Guinea. The flight went well, immigration was smooth, and we had the honor of dinner with our friends and coworkers. We were able to catch Donna the night before she returned to the United States for good. We will miss her. The next morning we put our things into … Continue reading First Day Back in Papua New Guinea
Brisbane's preparations for the G20 have been interesting to observe. Here are a few things that are happening. 1. "Colour Me Brisbane." As part of the Cultural Festival, there are various buildings that have been lit up in a multitude of colors, culminating with King George Square, where City Hall is. Lasers project the images … Continue reading The G20 is Coming! The G20 is Coming!
It always starts with a little thing: Something that is probably not worth getting worked up about, but it is something that has meaning and coherence, or at least it definitely does RIGHT now in an urgent way that feels like it always has had meaning and coherence. Others don't attach that value to it, … Continue reading How Culture Shock Starts
In this XKCD comic, Randall Munroe nails what it is like to communicate in Tok Pisin, though that was not what he was trying to do.
The most surprising thing for me during my time in Australia is that I have developed a real appreciation for tea; most surprising because I thought I already liked tea -- a lot. When I lived in the U.S., it was pretty rare that I didn't have a cup of iced tea in my … Continue reading Tea is Just Different