… or as it is know to the rest of the world, Papua New Guinea (PNG).

This is where I am headed in less than two weeks to visit an old school friend of mine. We have known each other since I was 10 years old. When I headed off to travel the world with a backpack, he headed off to travel the world as an engineer on a ship.  Our paths crossed occasionally, the last time being in Australia. Perth to be exact, where we watched the Wallabies kick some Bok butt in a Tri-Nations game.

Anyway, I will be spending a long weekend with him in PNG doing some fishing and some diving. He is working over there but his contract runs out at the end of this year and he isn’t planning on renewing it.

There will be tons of photos to follow as well as a short write-up of my trip when I return.

Some facts about PNG (via Wikipedia):

  • PNG was an Australian Protectorate from WW 1 until 1975.
  • During WW2, approximately 216,000 Japanese, Australian and American soldiers, sailors and airmen died during the New Guinea Campaign.
  • It is the world’s fifty-fourth largest country.
  • There are around 850 different languages spoken in PNG, about 10% of the world’s languages. There are 3 official languages: English (spoken by 1-2% of the population), Tok Pisin, Hiri Motu.
  • There are a number of active volcanoes, and eruptions are frequent.
  • Saltwater crocodiles up to 6 metres in length are quite common.
  • Now almost entirely eradicated, in the past headhunting and cannibalism occurred in many parts.
  • They drive on the left!
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