You know you’re back in PNG when…

I wrote this just after our arrival back to Papua New Guinea. It encapsulates just a few of the cultural and physical adjustments we had to re-make.

  1. The flight attendant announces that there is to be no chewing of beetlenut on board the aircraft.
  2. You sweat through your shirt by 7:30am.
  3. You look down at 10:30am to discover that your shirt is now crusted with salt from your own sweat.
  4. Showering is not just a morning wake-up habit, it’s a daily life essential. You have to wash off one layer of sweat and dust before adding a new one.
  5. You can smell your clothes before you put them on. (Because of the high humidity, all your clothes smell moldy, even if you just washed them)
  6. You put on bug spray to go to church.
  7. Rain outside can make conversation inside impossible.
  8. You look out your kitchen window to a landscape of jungle as far as the eye can see.
  9. You have to pound the salt shaker to get anything out of it.
  10. You re-acquire the skill of racing outside and yanking clothes off the line when you hear it start to rain.
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One thought on “You know you’re back in PNG when…

  1. Cynthia Tiffany

    Wow! Now THAT is crazy!

    Have a wonderful day!

    *~Cyndee * <

    *"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths"* Proverbs 3: 5-6

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