It's been over ten years since I held this baby, but I can still recall her name....it was Gwendolyn.Once in a while I have thought about her, wondering what she looks like now and what her life is like. I hope she's still alive. She'd be around 14 years old...maybe even married.I don't know what it was about her, but I asked her mother if I could...more
The sago palm grows prolifically in the Sepik region, and the natives depend on it as a staple in their monotonous and somewhat nutritionally void diets.Sago is basically a starchy compound. The women distill the pulp by washing it over and over with water as it slides down a make-shift chute (see next tip).more
I thought it was hysterical to refer to these things as "river trucks" but the more we used them, the more I came to appreciate the name.These flatbeds were motorized and offered the most room at the fastest speeds, affording us visitors a quick and easy (not to mention relatively dry) way to get around between villages. They were a bit noisy so if...more
It always amazed me to see how well the locals can balance as they stand up in these narrow, carved out canoes. Here two women are floating down the river, probably returning from another village.Standard mode of transporation among the villages, where the canoes don't actually belong to any specific person, they're considered communal property of...more
Apparently the natives hold the croc in high regard, but the children are allowed to frolic along the river banks without a thought as to possible croc attacks....we often saw the kids splashing right along the shoreline, waving to us or playing in the water. When they knew were were coming to their village, the kids would scamper up the shore and...more
Here we see a sign in the airport that basically states that no beetlenut chewing is allowed. This is because the beetlenut, when mixed together in the saliva with a mustard stick, takes on a narcotic effect and many PNGers go around stoned on the stuff. But that's not the offensive part - what annoys everyone is that the person chewing beetlenut...more
Sometimes our desire to travel overrides our sense of self-preservation.In this case, I figured the best thing to do was to fall asleep and DREAM that I had a seat belt to buckle.... Then again, if there was to be some unforeseen accident, I suppose the loose bananas or other boxed and bagged cargo could always serve as a buffer between self and...more
Toiletries and Medical Supplies:
DEET is industrial strength mosquito repellent. It's absolutely necessary to be fully covered with this stuff while you're in the Sepik Region, an area infamous for its thriving malaria. It's not enough that you take Malaria pills as a precaution - you need to also wear long clothing and or at least cover up your exposed skin with DEET.
You can find DEET at your local sporting goods shop.