As of this past Friday, we have been in Papua New Guinea for a whole week! People from the US keep asking us “how’s the adjustment going?” so I thought I would write down some things that are taking some getting used to:
- The weather. It is usually about 70-90 degrees here, which isn’t too bad, it’s just the high humidity that really gets you.
- The windows are different here. Because of the climate, you need as much breeze as possible to go through your house, so often any outside walls of a house have an opening that’s almost floor to ceiling. That opening is where you have your louvres – like shutters/blinds built into your wall that you can open and close. The bottom half of the louvres are wooden so no one can see in, and the top half are glass, so the louvres work like windows. If you need more air in your house you open the louvres; if you need less air coming through your house, you can close the louvres.
- The food. There are some foods here that taste like they do back in the US (like rice and chicken), but a lot of foods here taste different, and there are a lot of US foods that aren’t available here (like potatoes, tortillas, salsa, ranch, packs of deli lunch meat, etc. These are just a few examples – no, we’re not wanting these mailed to us 🙂 ).
- Shopping is different here. There is one store that carries some Western foods (like a few canned soups, peanut butter, pasta, mayonnaise, chocolate chips, and raisins), but most of the stores around here are small Asian stores that have a whole hodge-podge of things. If you’re looking for something in particular, you have to look through a bunch of stores to find it, and if/when you find what you’re looking for, you’d better buy it now, because it probably won’t be there the next time you come shopping.
- There are geckos everywhere, which is helpful for keeping down the number of bugs (I actually have hardly seen any bugs here so far), but sometimes they scare the living daylights out of me if I don’t see them, and then all of a sudden they scurry up the wall next to me. 🙂
Thank you to all who are praying for us as we adjust to living in Papua New Guinea!