Paradise is, in fact, fairly close to my house! (I say fairly close, because it is the farthest place that I drive to in town…about 4 km away. I think I’m going to feel culture shock in America when it takes more than 5 minutes to get anywhere.)
Just leaving our MAF base, stopping to open the gate. I think we need to invest in one of those clickers that automatically opens it. Or I need to start borrowing someone’s kid to come with me and open the gate while I sit in the air conditioned car 😉 but for now, I put the car in neutral, pull the emergency brake and get out to open it myself. And then of course, I do the same thing to close it once the car in on the other side!
Out on the main road now. This road runs parallel to the ocean. It is where most of my shopping is done, with the exception of a few things that branch out to the south. You can see the Dutch influence in this road, with there being a median down the middle of the road.
Nabire traffic. What you can’t tell from this picture is that the motorcycles pass me on both sides, they cut me off and weave in and out of traffic. Hardly anyone uses turn signals or their mirrors (if they have mirrors that is). It’s all very unpredicatable. All in all, it’s slightly terrifying. It helps that I never get higher than 3rd gear, but you know, still scary. They apparently don’t have a fear of being hit by a car here because people pull out in front of trucks like its no big deal. Yikes. I have learned to be a defensive driver.
I’m not sure if it’s legal or not here to ride in the bed of a truck, but it happens all the time and nobody is stopping them, so I suppose it’s okay. The American in me wants to put seatbelts on all of them, but these are the same people who climb to the top of palm trees without a ladder. Maybe Indonesians are just all around more brave than I am!
We’re almost to Paradise!! I can feel your anticipation building!
Here it is! Paradise! I bet you had no idea with was right here in Nabire!!
This is one of several grocery stores where I shop. And since it is “The Best Store of Your Choice” there must be no better place to shop than in Paradise!!
A little glimpse of the inside of the store.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little journey to Paradise.
Come visit us and you too could go to Paradise (plus it’s beautiful here and we’d love to see you!)