Thursday, February 24, 2011

Don't Eat Me!!!

Hi everyone! I am presently in a tree house in Papua New Guinea. I am staying near (not with) the Korowai tribe. Some people say that they are still cannibals but others say that they have finally stopped that tradition. They have been around since the Stone Age. I'm serious.   Anna and I weren't sure if we should stay with them or not but eventually we decided that we really didn't want to risk getting eating so we are staying a few miles out of their village.
This is where we are staying. Talk about a tree house!
This is what we had for dinner last night. They didn't taste like chicken.
It was a hard decision weather we should come here or not, considering all of the diseases of this jungle:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis E
  • Typhoid fever  
  • Malaria
  • Dengue fever  
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Plague
  • Chikungunya
  • Leptospirosis
  • Rabies  
But, I will tell you that all the vaccinations were worth it! It is amazing here!

The first three days of our trip we spent on the southern coast. The ocean it touches on that side is called the Coral Sea. We were staying at Port Moresby.

If you look closely, you can see Port Moresby on the southern peninsula.

Papua New Guinea introduced me to my new favorite flower: 

It is a recently discovered orchid found in Papua New Guinea. Isn't it beautiful? I love it because it looks so delicate but also really fluorescent! So cool!

I am very glad I came to Papua New Guinea and let alone had such a good time!

Safe travels!      

P.S. I hope no one is in New Zealand right now! I heard about the big earth quake in Christchurch! It's so horrible!


  1. Hey Eleanore

    I.m in the coral sea just south of you, and will be heading up your way if I ever decide to leave Australia - just kiding

    Cody :)

  2. Hi Eleanore, for being in such a remote and diseased-riddled place, you sure keep your sense of humor! I think it's hilarious how your snack did NOT taste like chicken. :) The tree houses are amazing and I'm still not sure how they stand the winds? Hurricanes? All I know is I do not want to be a sleep-walker. Our tree houses are nestled IN the trees, not perched on TOP of the trees! I do love that you said the word on the street is cannibalism lives but many believe it has stopped. Thank you for the map, too. I see all the islands around and I can imagine the little boats at sea for thousands of years. Carolyn

  3. Wow, I didn't think any flower could be prettier than the orchid. I had never imagined a florescent orchid! It took much courage to visit that area but I bet the people of Papua New Guinea were very welcoming, especially those of the Korowai tribe. I hope you get out of there safely. Thanks for showing us all the beautiful flowers of the world.