Road less travelled (6): Papua New Guinea (4) – of birds, roads, vets and coffee

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Ultrabiker @ultrabikerJune 2018 · 3 min read

I have visited a few countries that not a lot of people visit, mainly for work. This is the fourth write-up on Papua New Guinea; some other countries that are on my list to be included in this series are: South Sudan, Iraq, Bhutan and perhaps a few others.

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A boy and his bird, photo credit: own

Today I had plenty of exercise. First I went for a run this morning.... Man, those hills in the highlands are steep! And when you run in this area, you have to keep a bit of air for greetings, as everybody you meet will say "good morning!", people are incredibly friendly.

My second exercise came in the car, during the drive from Goroka to Kainantu. I have seen plenty of potholes in my life, but this road has some serious ones, some almost half a meter deep! We bounced around for two hours, and at least I don’t have to do any abdominal exercises anymore, they got plenty of exercise….

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One of the many potholes, photo credit, own

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Traditional house, Goroka, photo credit: own

Today I managed to visit some farms, and it is interesting to see how the local people grow their crops and keep their livestock. An almost unbelievable fact is that in the whole of Papua New Guinea, there are only two local veterinarians at present. There is no Veterinary University in the country, and the Government plans to send students to Australia to study Veterinary Science; somehow this plan has not materialized in recent years.

In the area of Goroka, a lot of Arabica coffee is grown, and there are many exporters bringing the coffee overseas. However, the coffee is not marketed as coming from Papua New Guinea, so you will be hard pressed to find PNG coffee in your stores. This is something that will most likely change in the near future, as the coffee growers think there is a great opportunity for speciality coffees. A lot of coffee in PNG is grown organically, so this coffee can also be marketed as such.

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Goroka coffee, photo credit: own

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The old man and the house, photo credit: own

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“Please no can come inside along here”, written in Pidgin, photo credit: own

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@trufflepig


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I would love to try their coffee. You are having an interesting trip.


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Im carrying some; but i see you are not too far away from PNG?


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Where in PNG have you been and how did you travel there? I want to go there so bad, but I read, that it's kind of dangerous and expensive to travel PNG. Is this true?


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Hello @roadtrips, thanks for passing by and your interest! I am still here, have flown from Port Moresby to Goroka, drive to Kainantu and onwards to Lae, flew back to Port Moresby, then today I'm flying to Kokopo, back on Thursday. I'm here for work, so wouldn't be able to tell you whether traveling is expensive... I guess I'm with local people all the time, so they can judge what is dangerous or not. I have not had any feeling of it being dangerous at all, it is not different from any other country. Not to walk at night, but that is true for many countries. People here are very friendly and I have to say I really enjoy PNG!


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This sounds really awesome! What kind of work are you doing there?


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I work in agricultural development, assisting smallholder farmers to enter into value chains....


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Sounds like you have a great job, when you are able to explore the world with that ;)


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Yes, indeed, to be able to explore the world while working is a great privilage!


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