My third trip to Europe was end of January 2019. Usually on
these business trips, you fly-in the night before the meetings, do all the
meetings for the week and fly out the next day. And I have just done that for
the last 2 trips.
This year, I decided that I would do something different,
that I would see abit of Europe after the meetings in Amsterdam. My plan was to
take a train and travel to Norway via German, Denmark and Sweden. Reason for
Norway was that I wanted to see the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights.
So I requested for a week break after the meetings and
during the week of travel, a friend alerted me to fly direct to Iceland from Netherlands. So
after little search, I found direct flights that are just $150 dollars (K400)
return from Amsterdam to Reykjavik.
January is in the Winter Season for Iceland, and when I arrive…..from the airport to the hotel, there is only ICE covering almost everything I can see. One thing good about ICELAND is that they are so well organized. You have tour buses picking you right at the airport, drops you at the hotel, picks you up again when you ready and takes you straight to your tour sites. All you do is book them online and everything is organize for you.
So off I went….see the Aurora Borealis and also get to swim in the ‘Secret Lake’ in the middle of the night! Yes, it was cold and it was minus 10 degrees but I have come these far to just stay in the room. I was determined to see that Northern Lights and show Papua New Guinea that I have seen it with my eyes.
But the highlight of my trip is the ‘Secret Lake’ in the middle of nowhere! After driving 2 hours, we came to a small lake, that we all changed and went it. The feeling was divine! I felt I was reborn that my whole system had reset itself…….now I feel I should do an annual pilgrimage there again.
Have alot of friends from around the world who asks me to tell
them about Papua New Guinea.
I usually start to tell about Manus only and really don’t include bits about the highlands nor do I get to include the Milne Bay and most certainly don’t tell them anything about Western Province. The summary of the version of Papua New Guinea is just places I am comfortable with.
I was browsing through youtube and found this cool video from Geography Now. Whilst there are some places and things I felt should be included (not enough of Manus me think), I do believe it has more than what I would tell anyone about Papua New Guinea.
So for friends and relatives who want to tell others about Papua New Guinea….ask them to watch this video
High up the
hill on the eastern end of Idler’s Bay lies the remnants of once the largest
Coastal Batteries in Port Moresby. The Basilisk Battery was built by the 8th
Arm Troops Coy, Royal Australian Engineers in July 1944.
was the largest of the five costal batteries protecting the Port Moresby area.
Others were the Gemo Island Battery, Boera Battery, Bootless Battery and Paga
Hill Battery which is the most famous amongst them in Port Moresby.
The Paga Hill Battery was planned in the early 19th century, when the threats of Russians invasion swept across the Pacific and the need for defence of strategic Australia coastal cities were imminent. Naturally, Port Moresby were also chosen to be defended and Paga Hill posed an excellent vintage point overlooking the Basilisk Passage and the Coral Seas.
The batteries were eventually built in early 1939’s when the Germans went to war in Europe and the Japanese decided to take on the Pacific. They had more military intelligence on the Pacific due to their workers working as plantation owners across German New Guinea.
The 38 men of 13th Heavy Battery of the Royal Australian Artillery began the construction of the Allied harbour defences consisting of several army batteries and a naval anti-submarine indicator loop installation as harbour protection. They were joined by the Papuan Infantry Battalion in 1940 when Australia approved the recruitment of locals to join the military.
The Batteries were completed in record time, however, they never fired a single shot as the Japanese were prevented from coming to Port Moresby by the American’s in Manus. The US after defeating the Japanese arrived in 1945, and in 1946 the batteries were decommissioned and the guns were removed.
The concrete structures of the batteries however remains, reminding us of who are the true Guardians of Port Moresby.
Been trying to figure out what to do on my Birthday as I approach the halfway mark of the life expectancy in Papua New Guinea. I was wondering if I had at least influenced anyone I came across in the last 10-15 years and if there was any significant positive change in those who I had met.
I guess what I am trying to say is, am at the stage where I
am thinking, will anyone remember me after I am gone? Maybe my children will …but
would my grandchildren and great-grandchildren remember me?
Am thinking – what I need to leave behind is a legacy……….
So I have decided to create a website (blog) which I would document some of my
passions (not the nasty ones). I have named it ‘Paura – the Digital Nomad’, that
summarizes my two main passion of Technology and Travel. The last few years, I
did much travel and involved in technology but did not get to pen them down for
someone else to enjoy.
So I’ve created the nomadicpaura website will be collection of my interests in life going forward. Aside from Technology and Travel, there would be a page on Entrepreneurship, a page on Food (who dosnt like to eat or even cook? ) and of course, there would be another page on Photography.
I plan that this website would be use as a guide for anyone who hasn’t really grown any wings to fly away from their nests and also some pointers on travel locations, budget meals, tips on photography and some advice on technology and business.