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    Making the Local Papers

    By BeaAmaya in Working Abroad

    I didn't have a good camera with me, but wanted my photo taken with one of the much acclaimed Asaro Mudmen. So, when a newspaper photographer offered to take the photo and send me a copy later, I just couldn't ...

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    Cultural Show

    By BeaAmaya in Working Abroad

    On Thursday night, I was invited to the PNG Arts Extravaganza launch. It was a night of music, laughter, art, and performance. The performances included music by a local group of young people, a native comedy sketch that had me ...

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    Visitor from Texas

    By BeaAmaya in Working Abroad

    Although my work load is so crazy I still can't consider a trip back home, I am thrilled to be entertaining a visitor from south Texas. My husband Leo is coming for a 3-week visit, and I am so very ...

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    Learning the Language

    By BeaAmaya in Working Abroad

    The three primary languages spoken here are English, Tok Pisin, and Motu. As I become acquainted with more members of the expat community, I struggle a bit with a fourth language I can only call "Aussie English". Here are some ...

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    Negotiated Thievery

    By BeaAmaya in Working Abroad

    I'm the first to admit that, try as I might, I don't always "get" the cultural aspects of where I live. As a case in point, I'll tell you about a friend of mine who was recently robbed. My friend ...

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    Women, Culture, and Negotiation

    By BeaAmaya in Working Abroad

    While waiting in the queue at the bank this morning, I overheard bits of a conversation between two national women. When I was finished with my business, I had to walk over and join in for a few minutes. Although ...

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    10 Things I Miss About Home

    By BeaAmaya in Working Abroad

    The photo above is the sunset view from my apartment in Port Moresby, Papua New GuineaAccording to my calculations, it has been 89 days since I've seen my home in Port Lavaca. I have no idea when I will get ...

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    My Summer Vacation 6/6

    By BeaAmaya in Working Abroad

    Some of the performance highlights were truly memorable:There was one group from the Gulf province that had girls with wonderfully thick grass skirts that hung to their ankles and had shells around their waists. Many of the girls used a ...

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    My Summer Vacation 5/6

    By BeaAmaya in Working Abroad

    The early announcements from the stage were all in English with just a touch of pidgin thrown in. As the day wore on, the comments switched over to being predominantly in Tok Pisin and I struggled a bit to catch ...

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    My Summer Vacation 4/6

    By BeaAmaya in Working Abroad

    I did wonder a bit about some of the student dancers as I took their photos. While many of the groups smiled for the cameras and laughed together, others took a much more serious view of the events. Occasionally unsure ...

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