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; […]

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), […]

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, […]

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: 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 […]