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Papua New Guinea by Roo42 on 3 October 2004 12:13am
Anyone been there? Isn't it fab!!!
Re: Papua New Guinea by napalm on 3 October 2004 1:19pm
Would love to be that brave.....oneday maybe.
Re: Papua New Guinea by Wild in Africa on 29 October 2004 1:03pm
Well, I spent two years in Papua New Guinea in the early 1980s so I guess things have changed a lot since then. It was a remarkable experience though, like living a National Geographic special every day.
What else do you want to know anyway?
Re: Papua New Guinea by monkey juice on 9 November 2004 7:47am
I went there when I was 8 years old which was about 12 years ago, and I suppose I'd have to agree, like Wild in Africa says, it was like living in a National Geographic special.
I'm actually glad someone put a thread about PNG because I feel it is quite a special place, even though I am not quite as travelled at my age, it has probably got to be one of the most exciting places I've been to. I spent most of my time staying with my relatives in a remote area near Taulu village. Mind you at that age, it was such an adventure, indeed a fabulous one! Centipedes crawling around you and moths as big as computer monitors, being surrounded by the thick lush rainforest, fishing in the evening on canoes and travelling to the smaller islands. The kids are just charming and I wish I didn't lose my treasured bilong (spelling please? Bilong is a traditionally woven string-like bag that they commonly use like a handbag).
The life of the village people is simple and that was an attractive quality about visiting the place. I ensure you it is very very beautiful and exciting as an adventure, and I do hope I do get to see Michael visit the pacific someday!
Re: Papua New Guinea by Wild in Africa on 17 November 2004 1:42pm
Michael did in fact visit the Pacific (Full circle) but PNG was not on his itinerary then sadly. David Attenborough has done a lot there (Attenborough in Paradise etc) and worth checking out his videos if you can get hold of them.
I lived in the capital (Port Moresby) but was involved on extensive survey work throughout the country so spent a lot of time trekking in the jungles and mountains and out in the islands of the Coral Sea. I have since worked in deserts and savannas in Africa but nowhere was as tough as the jungle in New Guinea.
The one major hassle, like in many developing countries was urban crime which was bad then and I believe a lot worse now. It made a lot of places very unsafe and took the edge of the pleasure of living there when every night you lived in fear locked away behind burglar bars and alarms. When I was trekking in the Highlands with former headhunters I felt a lot safer than in the capital.
By the way it's a Billum, not a Bilong (the latter being New Guinea pidgin for Belong to)

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