Friday, July 23, 2010

Ax handle

Ax handle

Our ax handle broke and a friend of ours has a cousin who know how to make ax handles.  We contacted him and had him make us one.  He charged about 30 Kina (which is about $10).  It is made for a very hard wood and I'm sure he spent many hours making it for us. 

There are a lot of people who have specialized skills in how to make things here.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Rough going

This afternoon I went on a motorcycle ride and after about 15 km the bridge was washed out so I decided to take a side road detour.

The road was really in bad shape and I was surprised to see another vehicle on the road.  As I got closer I could see that they were stuck, I mean really stuck.  I stopped and asked them if they needed help and they said they were all right and that they just had to dig the truck out.  

I was really surprised when I got to the top of a hill and was talking to some people I saw the truck moving and realized they had gotten out. 

I was really shocked to see that they had made it up the rest of the hill because I had trouble making it up on my motorcycle.

Here they are driving by as if it was a normal afternoon drive for them.

This is the only part of the road on my way up that I felt comfortable enough to stop and take a picture because it was so bad.

I stopped and talked with this family for a while and they seemed worried that I was on this remote rode and kindly told me that I should probably head back home now.

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Wood powered sauna

Believe it or not there is a sauna here at our mission center. There
are a lot of Scandinavians here and they love to take saunas. Laura and
I took one for the first time today and really enjoyed it. We were
joking that the heat and humidity reminded us of our time in training
near Madang.

Being here you get to experience things from a lot of different cultures.