I have recently had the opportunity to go on several outings with some of our fellow missionaries. A couple of weeks ago, a group packed into the 15 passenger van and took a quick trip to Banz…a small town about 20 minutes away from Kudjip. The fun part about this trip was that I got to drive! Having received my PNG Driver’s License a few weeks prior, I was antsy for a turn at the wheel. It’s quite fun driving a manual transmission on the left side of the road...but driving here requires heightened senses and quick reflexes…potholes, pigs, and people need to be avoided at all times. :) In Banz, we had a blast shopping at a few second-hand shops…one of my favorite pastimes. I was able to purchase an immersion blender, supplies for our Harvest Party costumes, and a few blouses. We also perused the street market wares as well. It was a great morning!
Last weekend, we drove into Mt. Hagen and spent the day with our friends & neighbors the Crouch family (Mark, Esther, Anna, Levi, & Lucy). We went to visit a monthly craft sale/fundraiser and purchased a few local works of art to put on display in our home. We then made a stop at Best Buy….not the electronics shop…but the largest grocery store in Hagen. Mark and Teddy kept the kiddos busy, while Esther and I ran through the aisles grabbing essentials. I’m only guaranteed a trip to town once a month on teacher shopping day…so I took full advantage of being in the store and knocked out about half my grocery list.
After shopping, Mark & Esther introduced us to a place that is a slice of heaven in the bustling metropolis of Mt. Hagen….the Kofi Cave. This café is located in a beautiful little nook tucked behind the airport that is shaded by a canopy of tropical trees. There are a variety of scrumptious items on the menu…and it was fabulous to sit back, relax, and have food prepared and delivered to our table. How quickly I had forgotten the luxury of eating out! We ate on the patio overlooking a lovely fish pond, and observed the other attractions of the Kofi Cave, including, a small crocodile and an exotic bird. All in all, it was a splendid day and we look forward to many more similar adventures exploring the local attractions. Below are pics from both outings.
The Trip to Banz
|Driving the van!|
|Checking out the merchandise with a couple of my students.|
|Mmm...chicken pieces...see them up close below|
|Cooked chicken bits for sale...including the head!|
Trip to Mt. Hagen
|Teddy posing with the craftsman who made the necklace|
|Inside Best Buy...the grocery store|
|A busy intersection in Mt. Hagen|
|Arriving at the Kofi Cave!|
|Exploring the cave...|
|Levi, Uncle Teddy Bear, and Anna|