Chris and Sarah Cooke

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A Week of Firsts

Posted by Chris and Sarah Cooke on May 29th, 2013 in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

We’ve been here almost a week now and are trying to ease into our new life here in Papua New Guinea.  We’ve unpacked the majority of our bags and have even hung pictures and décor on our walls.

It’s been a week of many firsts.  We are one of the lucky few on center to be blessed with a small front load washer instead of a twin tub washer.  But we still have to line dry our clothing which is a lot simpler now than it will be in the rainy season.  The girls find this fun and beg to help.  We’ll have to see how long that lasts:)

We also went out to the gate market that is available to us on Monday and Thursday afternoons.  The locals bring their produce and wares out in front of our security gate and we are able to buy fresh produce fairly cheap.  And it grows amazing here!  Back at home in Michigan, the fresh produce is really expensive to buy and the convenience foods like chips and macaroni & cheese are cheap.  Here in PNG it’s the opposite.  The produce is abundant because of the amazing soil and climate but convenience food has to be flown in and costs 4 times as much as it does back home.  We found a small box of Fruit Loops for 23 kina or around 12 US Dollars!

We went into the town of Goroka for the first time today.  People are everywhere and of course they crowd in and stare at the new people.  Try as we may to blend in, we stick out:)  We only went to a couple of the “nicer” stores in town.  When it’s all a little less new and shocking, we’ll try to take more pictures.

Thanks for keeping up with us!


Gate Market


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One Response to “A Week of Firsts”

  1. corey says:

    Love you guys, praying for you and especially the girls :-)

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