After a crazy 47 hour flight with 5 layovers and no overnight stops, we finally made it to our new home! We had major luggage issues in Hong Kong and almost missed our flight. In Port Moresby, the capital city of Papua New Guinea, our flight was delayed and we finally ended up in this tiny little 40 passenger plane. It was a surprisingly smooth flight though! We arrived “home” around 5:30pm but it felt like midnight. Others here were trying to give us just the basic info but we were zombies through it:) They had dinner arranged for us for the first 4 nights and have welcomed us whole heartedly. We went to bed at 9 pm and slept solid until about 3 am. We did the same thing the last 2 night:). It’s going to take time to adjust. Our second day here, we spent unpacking, took a quick tour, and they even opened up the little store for us to grab a few groceries. The sticker shock on just a couple of bags of groceries was extreme! We knew that was coming though:)
The girls are LOVING it! The kids here were anxious to meet them and they went off and played half the day. They came home filthy but happy:) and have slept awesome The atmosphere here reminds us of a campground of sorts. It’s great because everyone knows everyone, the kids can run and play and it’s pretty safe in our gated center. The down side is that it’s not very private at all, especially where we live. Just like a campground on every side:) It won’t be for a while yet, but we are starting to pray about the possibility of buying a home sometime. They are around 30k but we could have more privacy, no rent, and owning a home here lowers our taxes. The best part is not having to move again and stability.
The weather is absolutely perfect! Warm and sunny with nice breezes and when it gets dark at 6 everyday, it cools down quickly. We leave the windows open all night and enjoy the cool air:)
We made our first PNG meal after church today. It was a simple meal for beginners: homemade tortillas (we cheated- someone else made them!), refried beans, rice, cheese, and taco meat. It was mostly rice and beans since meat and cheese is RIDICOULOUSLY expensive here. So it wasn’t too bad at all!
Tomorrow is market day and we’ll get a taste of the culture here plus a chance to buy some really great produce. We’re a little nervous though after our first “culture” experience on Friday. “Jon, the pig guy” stopped by our house to see if we had rubbish for him. (We have to separate our trash here: recyclable glass, broken glass, recyclable plastic, cardboard, paper, cans, and wet food or rubbish. It’s such a pain and we can’t get it straight!) Anyway, “Jon” has pigs that eat the rubbish and he comes to collect often. He asked for the rubbish (our neighbor translated) then proceeded to sit down on our front porch area and lay out all his wares for sale right there at our feet. We had no idea what to do! LOL! Thankfully, our neighbor helped us translate that we had just arrived and were not ready to purchase yet. Jon told Chris that he would come back every day and help him learn the language. This should be interesting! Can’t wait to meet more of the locals tomorrow at the market!