Travels in Papua New Guinea - April 2003

Matt Welsh and Amy Bauer
April 21, 2003

Papua New Guinea is the great unknown. So few tourists venture into this remote country that we had a lot of trouble finding out anything about it. Amy was fortunate enough to spend a month in PNG working at a small village hospital in the highlands, and I joined her there for two weeks at the end of her rotation. We spent most of our time with Simon and Veronica, two locals that Amy met working at the hospital. We traveled with them to their tiny village, called Baiau, deep in Simbu province. We were among the first Westerners to travel in this area of PNG!

It was incredible to stay with Simon's family and experience the real way of life for so many people in the New Guinea highlands. We ended up speaking at the local primary school, running a day clinic, and had an enormous feast (they even slaughtered a goat and a pig) on our last day. We'll definitely be going back.

Click on any of the pictures below to read a description, or just follow the "next" links from each page for a slideshow. Clicking on any of the images will display a very high-resolution image. All of these photos are Copyright (c) 2003 by Matt Welsh and Amy Bauer. If you'd like to use any of these pictures for any reason, just contact me at the email address above!

Amy in Kompiam

Mt. Hagen and Kundiawa

Baiau Village

Karina's birthday feast


Photograph Copyright (c)2003 by Matt Welsh and Amy Bauer. All rights reserved.