Here are some more photos from our Madang trip.
For the first two nights of our trip, we stayed at a place called Rempi, north of Madang. Some friends of ours own a little “vacation home” on the beach. When I say on the beach, I mean that you walk down the front steps of the porch, and you’re in the water. (This also means that at night, the ocean sounds uncomfortably close…as if at any moment a big wave is going to come and sweep you away.)
The house at Rempi is nothing fancy. It’s just a little run-down house in a typical Papua New Guinean village. Spare furnishings, intermittent electricity, and a countertop two-burner gas stove. But the location is amazing. This is the view off the front porch.
Stretching from that little island on the right hand side to the left of the photo is a reef, and inside of the reef is a great lagoon. It’s definitely the best snorkeling that I have experienced in PNG. Brian and I argue about whether it’s better than the snorkeling that we did in
When not in the water, Brian, Joy and I read books, played cards, and cooked for ourselves. We even made some PNG-style s’mores! We had marshmallows (which you can only buy in Ukarumpa, by the way), but no graham crackers. Instead, we substituted little frog-shaped cookies with chocolate on one side, aptly named “Rokrok”. (Rokrok is the Pidgin word for frog.) Just keep the chocolate side on the inside, insert flaming marshmallow, and voila! It’s a s’more. (It’s a little hard to properly toast a marshmallow over a gas stove. It’s more a process of setting it on fire, then blowing it out, and then repeating the process over and over until the marshmallow is gooey enough).