Today I post in my hotel room from Mt Hagen, Western Highlands. I’ve travelled to the higher grounds of Papua New Guinea (PNG) to collect data for the Office of Higher Education’s (OHE) Annual Survey of Institutes of Higher Education (ASIHE).
It has been an interesting experience so far and I’ve visited some institutes in breathtaking locations like the Christian Leaders’ Training College (CLTC) and Nazarene School of Nursing in Jiwaka and the Holy Trinity Teachers’ College; just a few minutes’ drive from Mt Hagen.
This is my first trip to the highlands region and I’m absolutely amazed with the scenery and the weather. In the evenings and mornings, fog covers the area and gives a mystical feel about the place. However, the scene gets even more amazing when drive away from the metallic and concrete feel of the urban centers.
Away from the urban chaos, it seems like God hid a piece of Paradise in the mountains of PNG. The vegetation is just green – a nice contrast to the brown of Port Moresby. You can also see vegetables being grown by locals beside the road, a testament to the quality of soil. It makes you wonder why so many flock to the cities.