After three flights in two days, a brief catch up with some family, a little frantic re packing as we were over weight, and a bit of duty free shopping, we finally arrived!
As we flew into the airport on Lihir I could get a view of the island – luminous green mountains surrounded by luminous blue ocean. By the time we cleared customs (they took one look at the huge pile of bags and Isobel trying to escape, and didn’t open any of them) it was dark on the drive to our house. Dinner had been organised for us, so we just needed to eat, shower and then fall into bed.
The next few days were spent unpacking and checking out the house, enrolling in school, meeting people, discovering the local supermarket and exploring the townsite. Our house has a beautiful view from the deck out across the town harbour to the rest of the island beyond. The houses are all quite nice with polished wood floors, decent appliances and bathrooms, and actually reasonably big. At the moment it’s very empty with only the supplied furniture and our few things from our bags.
Finn and Abigail started school yesterday, and both seem to be settling in well. So far they have spent as much time at friends houses or running around the housing loop road as they have at home. Lihir International Primary School is small, but seems really nice. Finn and Abigail are each in a class of 14, both with an expat (Aussie) teacher and full-time national (PNG) teacher assistant. Parents rave about the school and the lifestyle for the kids, with many of them saying that they have extended their time here for that reason. Jason also started work yesterday – it looks like he will be flat out for a while.