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Thoughts from the Third World . . .

Posted by Chris and Sarah Cooke on Jun 2nd, 2013 in Uncategorized | 3 Comments »


PMV (public motor vehicle)


Random thoughts from the weekend:

*Do I freeze and sift the flour for bugs like many others do here or do I just use it without sifting?  If I find bugs (which I will someday), it’ll just freak me out.  And at these prices, you don’t throw the flour away anyway.  If I just use it, I’ll be none the wiser, any bugs will die when I cook the dough anyway, and a little extra protein never hurt anyone:)  I’m leaning towards the later.

* With a solar water heater, showers in the early morning are cold!  When rainy season hits, we hear most showers will be this way.  Well, it does wake you up!

*I’m counting my blessings that the only critters I’ve encountered in my home thus far are geckos. Just this weekend, a friend told me a rat crawled out from under her chair right between her feet.  Thankfully, my Father knows how much I can handle right now:)

*Is the rooster I hear crowing at all hours defective or just jet-lagged like us?

*It gets dark here around 6pm every evening, all year long.  This is when it feels the most like home.  Since we can’t get out much and there’s nothing to entertain even when we do, many missionaries have awesome home entertainment systems.  On Friday evenings, it’s like “war of the sound systems” around here with many having family movie nights.  Dad bought us a nice flat screen TV from another missionary that was leaving the field.  It’s quite easy to forget where we live on Friday evenings:)  We also built up quite a DVD library while we were at home knowing we wouldn’t be able to get any here. It has been such a blessing to us and the other missionaries as we’ve organized it so that others can come and borrow them too.  It’s the little things:)

*It took a few days to figure out, but if you ever find yourself needing to know what the two buttons on the toilet are for, just ask us.

*Raising your eyebrows at someone of the opposite gender is similar to whistling at them but with a much more serious connotation.  For an extremely expressive person, such as myself, this creates an almost comical situation.  My conscious effort not to make this suggestive gesture ends up in an awkward battle of my eyebrows.  I’m glad you’re all not here to see it:)

*Chris is riding a PMV (public motor vehicle) into town today to get his license. It’s much cheaper than renting a center vehicle and is a fairly safe and fun way (for a man) to dive into the local culture.  To get his Papua New Guinea driving license, he just signs a piece of paper that basically say, “I’m a good driver” and they hand him a slip of paper that gives him the go ahead.  He’ll then be able to rent a center vehicle for future trips into town with the family.  Vehicles do come up for sale here but they are usually in bad shape because of the roads and are very expensive because everything is imported.  Twenty year old clunkers go for the same price of a new one back home.  Economically, it is much more practical and just plain easier for us to rent the center vehicles. As far as getting around on center, we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for a deal on a golf cart or an ATV of some sort.  The hills make hauling groceries and such around a killer chore!  But for the meantime, our “fluffy” American bodies could use the exercise:)

* I’ve figured out the secret to being satisfied and confident about every outfit you put on:  Do not own a full size mirror!  It’s very freeing:)

* The new sights, sounds, and smells (Ohhh, the smells!) are vastly different than home and can be a little frightening at times, especially in town.  With all that said, I’m pretty sure God created the most beautiful scenery and absolutely perfect climate right here in the mountains of Papua New Guinea.



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3 Responses to “Thoughts from the Third World . . .”

  1. Hey girl! I won’t be an entirely different person; me, just a little weirder:)
    Some our stuff made it. The other stuff was bumped to another container that hasn’t even shipped yet so we hope to get it by the end of the year. We did get our TV which Chris had wrapped in a blanket and sealed with shipping tape:) It made it though! We are selling that one because my Dad bought us one here that works with the 240v electricity here and doesn’t need a transformer and adapter. Love you and so glad I got to meet your sweet baby before we left!

  2. Teresa says:

    So THAT’S why the water heater broke at the office, it was supposed to prepare you, maybe we should have left it alone ;)

    I love this post it made me laugh a lot. The rooster, the flour, the rats. I bet you will be an entirely different person when I see you next.

    Did your crates make it to png or are you still waiting for them? Didn’t you send over a nice tv?
    Love and miss you!

  3. Lynda says:

    Love the random thoughts Sarah! I’m not totally sure what I’d do about the flour situation either but I’m thinking if I didn’t sift it that I would constantly think I was eating bugs. Maybe I would consider trying to be gluten free ; ).

    You may be able to entertain guests with those facial expressions!

    Praying you all are adjusting well!

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