|Papua New Guinea|
Until we went to Papua New Guinea, I thought that nothing could surpass either the impact of the Omo Valley of southern Ethiopia or Timbuktu. The trip was divided into three main sections: four days at an incredible mountain lodge where the scenery and architecture made us feel that we were in Africa, four days on the Sepik river, and several days at a beautiful lodge overlooking the Karawari River.
|Ann and Ed with Papua New Guinea villager in elaborate feather headdress|
|Wearing human hair Huli wigs|
|Cowrie shell necklaces|
Our next “home”was a lovely lodge overlooking the dense rainforest along the Kawahari River, and our most memorable afternoon was spent visiting the remote Amboin village school. Only two of the nine classrooms had students. It seems that after the summer break, seven teachers failed to return, The students and their teacher were dressed in grass skirts and floral headdresses. There were headdresses for us, too. The sound of the children’s unaccompanied voices as they sang with passion about the beauties of their country is something I’ll never forget. The classrooms had nothing - no tables or chairs, just a blackboard and one teacher table.
|Applying face paint|
|Dressed up for the "Sing Sing"|
The people have two official languages: English and pidgin. Pidgin seems more prevalent of the two. Only the most educated, such as the tour guides, seem fluent in English, and even they had curious expressions at times.