Tuesday, 30 May 2017

About Alotau

Hello all today I am just going to tell you a little about our second port of call Alotau in Papua New Guinea, we docked at Alotau which was a somewhat short distanced from the town if you were fit you could walk into town in about 30 minutes but we didn't we got a cab into the town cost us $5 so that was ok.

Moving on, Alotau is the capital of the Milne Bay Province it has a population of around 78,000 it around 7,970 square kilometres in size, this is the are that the battle of Milne Bay took place during the second World War in 1942. An Aussie digger won the Victoria Cross during the battle can't tell you which Aussie digger as don't have free internet to go searching.

The locals in the area speak English as well as another 48 languages although there is around 350 different languages spoken in Papua New Guinea.

The currency used is the Kina but many stalls accepted the Australian dollars as well but of course it was cheaper to pay in their own currency.

Each year in November the national Kenu and Kundu (drum) Festival sees clans from all around the Milne Bay Province come together in Alotau to race for spoils and glory some travel up to a week to get there to share their culture with others.



5 comments:

  1. Three hundred fifty languages? I can barely keep one straight.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I know, can't imagine so many languages being spoken in small place

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  2. I've never heard of Alotau, but good to know if I ever went there I'd be sure to find that they speak my (and it sounds like every) language. You end up in the most interesting places.

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    1. I know so many languages who would have thought

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  3. Good grief! THAT is a bunch of languages!!

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