Gael Morrison

writing about love and adventure in exotic locations

Papua New Guinea Christmas – thoughts on a Christmas Past

Written By: Gael - Dec• 28•14

gael & ron's magic (217)All you need in the tropics for a good time at Christmas is a hole in the ground layered with hot rocks (which were heated up over an open fire), banana leaves, ten chickens, 20 pounds of kaukau (sweet potato) and sundry vegetables, more banana leaves, more hot rocks, then a covering of dirt to form an outdoor oven.

Add in friends who are far from their Canadian homes and families and who have traveled from all over New Guinea to converge on our highland home. With that you have the makings of an unforgettable feast and a rip-roaring good time.

Merry Christmas to all!

Take the Leap!

Written By: Gael - Jul• 03•14

10277569_10152183525278040_4346497781520570720_n[2]My youngest son took a swinging leap off a cliff in Banos, Equidor causing terror (and thrill) in this mother’s heart. A part of me wanted to scream, “Noooo!”, but it was exhilarating to know that the quest for adventure is alive and well in the next generation!

Everything’s relative!

Written By: Gael - Oct• 25•12

As I was sitting at my computer trying to force it to do what I wanted (and failing), I felt completely frustrated with my lack of technical computer skills. I came across this photo of my high school English class in Papua New Guinea. It was Parents’ Day and these proud parents had come to marvel at their children as they acquired the skills they needed for the new millenium. What they and their children were tackling was a far greater learning curve than I’ll ever encounter!

Rope Bridge Danger

Written By: Gael - Aug• 05•12

Papua New Guinea – 1974

My husband Ron and I taught highschool in Papua New Guinea for two years. In this primitive paradise danger was always present. One Sunday afternoon we went hiking in the jungle and came upon a bridge leading to a waterfall on the other side. My husband went first. Staring down between the bark ropes I’ve never felt more afraid. It’s amazing how love and trust can pull you to the other side.