Friday 24th Feb
Good evening! How was your day? On arrival,we were relieved that we only felt sticky and a little bloated and "detached", like always happens with a sudden change of setting, weather and humidity.
We are staying at a small guesthouse run by really nice German missionaries ....a cute place on a steep hill and with a huge mango tree and view across the valley. Soon after arriving yesterday afternoon, we collapsed under a whirling ceiling fan for a long sleep!
Much revived this morning, we'd had a driver recommended, and he showed up to take us around the very spread-out town, built on and between dozens of hills. First stop was the bank to collect a cheque book, and our hearts sank at the jammed crowd filling the whole inside, looong queues inching forward imperceptibly, but in good temper. An hour later, we finally got to the window, only to be told to go to another line with at least 15 people in it! But the guy decided to help by taking us directly to a teller. After a while, she then told us that now we had to go back to HIS long line! But we did finally get the forms and information we needed...phew!
Then off to find a good source of solar-powered lanterns for village heath volunteers. We need to get at least 100 later, but today was just scouting.....and thank goodness for the driver! Shops/dealers we were directed to are not always labelled well, if at all, but he found them.
Then at 2pm, we met the US ambassador at her embassy....a good friend of our friend the US ambassador to Malawi. It was a very interesting time and we learned a lot about her programs and things she is most interested in.
Right across the road from the embassy is this incredible Bank of the South Pacific! And the typical Port Moresby street scene.
Well, tomorrow we head north to Wewak and our base for the next 3 months.... here we come! So for now, it's good night from Port Moresby!