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Trobriands Touch Your Heart

“Welcome to Trobriands! This is island of love!”

Trobriand Islands,一個稍稍偏遠,被珊瑚礁、潟湖、白沙圍繞的群島,以與眾不同的文化、精湛的木雕工藝、及熱情大方的性格,成為至目前為止最棒的P.N.G.經驗!Hands Down!

對於Yachties及P.N.G.多數人而言,Trobriands可是惡名昭彰,避之唯恐不及的地雷。曾經造訪過P.N.G.的cruisers及其它地區的New Guineans都勸告我們Trobriands不值得我們浪費時間,人不友善,木雕又貴,還強迫推銷。但事實卻根本不是這麼一回事:Trobriand people不但熱情友善,還樂於分享。他們驕傲地稱自己的家“Islands of Love” 。事實也完全就是這麼一回事!

Trobriands依舊維持傳統母系社會及階層制度,部落酋長的地位由母親血脈傳承給兒子,酋長負責管理村子裡的大小事,酋長有最大的房子及最大的Yam House,講話也最有分量。只有酋長能與神奇的石頭溝通,喚回東南季風。Trobriands以木雕聞名,而『木雕師傅』這個職業可是世襲的!不是你想學就能學!

根據我們的經驗,與大部分New Guineans的接觸都是以沈默開場,以尷尬作結。多數New Guineans都害羞到不願直視DimDim的眼睛 (P.N.G.稱呼外國人『DimDim』),也不敢多說一句話,只隔著安全距離,划著Canoe繞著我們的船兜圈子,害羞到我不知如何應對。抵達Trobriands,立刻感受到明顯的文化差異:熱情、海派、直接。Trobes的字典裡沒有害羞與保留。不論Canoes或小船都不請自來,直接開到我們船邊,雙手攀著欄杆閒聊,好奇地盯著我們看,還爭先恐後地墊著腳尖拚命往船艙瞧,甚至也不先問過就自動爬上船,順便要杯水喝(他們出門似乎都不自備水壺⋯⋯),好像我們已經認識很久似的。

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Papua New Guinea

It's a Matcha in heaven!!

Sometimes you have just have to throw it all in and see what you end up with.  I haven’t had a bad one yet, smoothie that is.  144 more words

Port Moresby

Woodsy Wednesday: A "Mary" Martha

I wake up in the morning, fix breakfast, and if I’m lucky take a shower, then get dressed and get my children dressed, then put a load of clothes in the washer.  423 more words

In Case You Forget. A Letter To My Future Sick Self.

Dear Sarah-in-the-future,

It is May 20th, 2015. You just finished talking to Taylor about how far things have come. You remembered a story you had heard about a boy who didn’t speak until he was four and when he began to do so, it was if he was doing it all along. 425 more words

Attempts to reopen Panguna mine will reignite ‘bloody conflict’, warns Australian public servant

In a paper for the Australian Defence College, seasoned Australian civil servant Jo Woodbury has issued a stark warning – current attempts to reopen the Panguna mine represent the greatest threat to peace on Bougainville. 418 more words

Papua New Guinea

Giant Bitter Chocolate Chunks & Pistachio Brownies

Brownies are one of those recipes that look good enough to gobble before baking, especially when you have the ingredients of giant bitter choc chips and raw pistachios.  73 more words

Port Moresby

Kainantu landowners hoping for a better future

Mine locals pledge to cooperate with firm

Eric Balaria | The National aka The Loggers Times

IMPACTED communities of the Kainantu gold mine in Eastern Highlands are keen to work with the new developer of the mine through their new association. 212 more words

Papua New Guinea