Goroka Show

Last weekend I attended something I’ve been looking forward to since my arrival in PNG. The Goroka Show!! The Goroka Show is basically a pacific pow-wow – tribes from all around PNG come to showcase their traditional dress, dances, and songs. This is going to be a fairly heavy post picture wise, so PNG friends, […]

Happily Ever After

Well, it’s that time of year – our anniversary! We’ve now spent 2 years in wedded bliss. In commemoration of that epic occasion, here’s Matt’s “Science of Love” speech. At most weddings there is a point where the minister spends a few minutes talking about love and marriage and how best to have a happy […]

What, another PNG Blog?!

A new friend of mine, also new to Goroka and life in PNG, has also got a blog! So if you can’t get enough of life in PNG, check out her site here: http://thewarmthofday.wordpress.com/ There’s a few things she covers that I would like to, but can’t, cover so you should definitely check it out. 🙂


Power The power goes out here A LOT. At least a few times per week. We’ve gotten used to having at least our phones, and often our computers, charged fully at all times, because you never know when the lights will go off. There have been times where it was off for most of the […]

Our House

We live in the Pacific Estates, which is a gated community of many houses and the Pacific hotel and restaurant. Our house also has a gate, and there are cages on the windows, and locked caged gates on the doors. At first, we naturally felt a little… caged. Our house is quite large – 3 […]

Food Part 1

“Super”markets When we came to Goroka we really didn’t know what to expect in terms of supermarkets and food. We were pleasantly surprised by some things, but found others lacking. There are a few supermarket chains here: Papindo (3 stores in town), Goroka Food Mart (2 stores), Bintangor, and SVS. And then there’s the big […]

Amanda vs Coconut

The good news is that I managed to last over a full month without horribly injuring myself in the dumbest way possible. The bad news is that I have horribly injured myself in the dumbest way possible. Before you get too worried I will be fine but I needed to get six stitches on my […]

Mailing things to Matt & Amanda (UPDATED AUG 2015)

As with everything else, the mail moves slowly here in PNG. Packages sent via regular post can take 3 – 4 months, while courier services tend to be outrageously expensive, or so I’m told. From what I can gather, most people do receive their packages, just extremely late. However, everyone has told me to expect missing […]

The Journey to PNG

Leg 1 On March 31 we were excited to begin our journey to Papua New Guinea and our new home. 26 hours later we collapsed at a hotel in Brisbane, and realized that we still had 25 hours to go. Our first flight was an easy hop from Saskatoon to Calgary (March 31st, 2:40pm.). The […]

Vaccines & Medication

Vaccines One of the first things we did when I found out I got the job was to go to a travel doc in Halifax. We had to get quite a few vaccines to prepare for this move. Since we’d traveled to Libya and Egypt in 2007, we already had Twinrix (HepA/B) so that saved […]