Lesson 3: Papua New Guinea

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This week we’re going to go about as far off the beaten track as one can in this increasingly-over-developed world. The Melanesian country of Papua New Guinea (“PNG”) occupies the eastern half the world’s second-largest island–just a bit north of Australia–which it shares with Indonesia’s West Papua. (We’ll learn more about the Pacific island grouping called “Melanesia” another week). Unlike Australia with a dry, open landscape British colonizers committed to tame, PNG has ample rain which feeds ample, dense rainforests that amply intimidated German, British and eventually Australian colonial forces into staying put along the coast. PNG’s rugged terrain and general lack of infrastructure continue to make it a challenging place for international visitors to access…unless of course we’re doing so virtually, from the relatively leech-free comfort of our own homes.


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