Australia Part 2: The Great Barrier Reef

While in Cairns I took one day out to snorkel on the great barrier reef. I used the SilverSwift company and rented an underwater camera. The camera was about $100, and completely worth it! We stopped at 3 spots on Flynn Reef near Cairns. Unfortunately it was a bit choppier than ideal, but the water […]

Australia Part 1: Cairns

This year, from April 19 to May 2 Matt and I took a (much needed) vacation to the land down under, Australia! It was our first time out of PNG since we arrived April 7 2014 (except for my short trip to Jakarta for a conference, which doesn’t really count), and my first real vacation […]

Goroka Show 2015

It’s September, and that means it’s time for Goroka Show! I’m going to let the pictures mostly speak for themselves. If you want to learn more about Goroka show, and see more pictures, check out my post from last year: Goroka Show 2014.

The Local Drug

Living in Goroka can leave you a bit stir-crazy. Most of the expats live in gated houses within gated compounds with guards. While it’s fairly safe to walk around town during the day, it’s smarter to drive. You must always be cognizant of your actions, what you are wearing, and where your personal items are; […]

Rabaul Part 3

Our 3rd day in Rabaul / Kokopo was devoted to a whirlwind tour of the Gazelle peninsula. Don’t be deterred by all the text following, it’s short and the rest is all pictures, but, before I get to the pictures, a very brief, mostly Wikipedia derived, history of PNG: 60,000-ish years ago: first humans arrived – […]

Rabaul Part 2

Our 2nd day in Rabaul / Kokopo was devoted to snorkeling off Pigeon Island, and deserves an entire post to itself. On the way to the island, we saw a pod of at least 20 dolphins. I have always thought dolphins were kind of terrible, what with the whole ‘lets murder a porpoise and play […]

Rabaul Part 1

It’s been quite a while since I posted; I apologize for my negligence. The next few posts will be about a wonderful little trip I took to Rabaul / Kokopo with Bonnie Chaban in November. Bonnie was taking a big trip around Austrailia and New Zealand, and decided to pop over to PNG to visit […]

We bought a poop machine!*

*title by Matt I apologize for my recent absence from posting. Life has been a bit stressful recently, but I promise another post in the near future documenting my mini-vacation in Rabaul. Matt and I are happy to announce an addition to our family! We got a puppy!!! Some friends of mine (Geoff & Ildiko), […]

A trip to Jakarta, Indonesia

It’s been 4 ½ months since we made our big move to PNG. This past week I made my first foray back into ‘civilization’ with a trip to Jakarta, Indonesia for the World Health Organizations “8th Bi-regional meeting of National Influenza Centres and Influenza Surveillance in the Western Pacific and the South-East Asia Regions”. note: […]


During the Goroka Show, the power went out for 2 full days. After our batteries ran out on our computers and phones, this left us with few entertainment options – especially since we only have 1 kindle. Luckily Matt was sleeping opposite me, so we didn’t have to fight over it. As I was reading, I got a […]