The Goroka Mudmen & Other Tales

April 7th, 2008

Mudmen 002 resized 2.jpgWhilst moored in Madang Lagoon, 27 of us chartered a plane for the short flight to Goroka to see the famed Mudmen. Those who remained on board had the option of just having a relaxed look around the town and markets, a more involved tour which included a trip to the village of Bilbil (famous for its pots) for a sing-sing, or go scuba diving.

The mudmen were fascinating and the trip also involved visiting a coffee plantation, museum and the local Goroka markets. 

Since the Australians departed PNG the economy is fragile with, we’re told, corruption rife.  The traditional clan (Wontok) system does not blend well with democracy and it will probably take a couple of generations for this country to get its act together. Nevertheless, the people we met were happy, healthy and many spoke English — compliments of the various church groups that still hold sway in PNG.  Of course we did not visit Moresby and Lae where things are more chaotic.

In the Milne Bay area we visited a tiny island on Easter Sunday and attended the lovely stone church for a service.  The harmonising voices of 100 locals soared above the pounding of a tropical storm.  These people are strong, with deep faith.

2 Responses to “The Goroka Mudmen & Other Tales”

  1. Michael Bon 03 Aug 2009 at 4:36 am

    I’ve just come to the site from http://www.baguette.com.au/ – checking out a few places to eat :]

    Then I see this!

    We were on the Orion PNG cruise the month before – fantastic trip – like you, we loved it.

    I’ll have to come in to the restaurant now… tenuous link I know ;]

  2. adminon 04 Aug 2009 at 8:18 am

    It was the best cruise, wasn’t it? I could not fault with anything, and the food on board was as good as top restaurants. Hope we do catch up. Two of the waiters you may remember on board (Ricky and Daniel) are now working at Baguette.

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