Day 700: The Shape of Things To Come

01.12.10: Seven HUNDRED days on the road!! Bloomin' eck. The boat to Sumbawa didn’t leave until 10am, so I kicked myself for not having a lie-in and a coffee.  Onboard I met a girl called Charlie.  She’s from Bristol and is a health-care professional, working and travelling all over the world.  We swapped stories of the crazy stuff that happens on the road and soon the conversation turned to Papua New Guinea - my next-but-one destination. Be careful. Seriously.  Be careful. I didn’t like where this conversation was going, but forewarned is forearmed, so here goes...  Charlie had lived in PNG for a few months.  Being a wishy-washy liberal (as all good backpackers are) she hated to use this term, but the word she used was ‘savage’. Images ran through my head of me spending Christmas day in a big cooking pot while scantily-clad men with…

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