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 […]

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]