So it turns out I left my VISA card in Brisbane. Not ideal. Not only do I need to buy food etc I also am required to pay Margaret around 100Kina a week (around £25). After a massive panic, including ringing Anna, Mum and Wendy in Australia we decided that I needed to open up a PNG bank account so that Wendy could transfer some money over to me. Today after hanging about for about three hours (the Papua New Guineans move at a very glacial pace) Margaret’s brother-in-law Paul took me into Goroka (30 minutes on a small, crammed bus) where I opened a new bank account with one of PNG’s 3 banks – West Pacific.

Just as an indication of the technological backwardness of Goroka, we went to get Paul’s driving license renewed with a new photo and after waiting for an hour we had to give up as their printer had jammed.


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