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What’s Your Perfect World, Rune? – Travel Diary, Papua New Guinea

I’m going to be honest, visiting Papua New Guinea has never been on my bucket list. Sure, in overarching dreams of visiting every country in the world, but be it the stories of cannibalism or astronomical statistics of gender violence and sex crimes committed there, PNG has long been a “no rush.” However, when seeing Danish-born friend, graphic designer and incredible visual story teller Rune’s photos from a trip to Papua New Guinea researching malaria, I knew I had to share it with you. I’ve definitely viewed the island through Western eyes and the media does portray it as either, backwards or sinister — at the most positive, “exotic.” Rune’s beautiful images of PNG is definitely changing that for me.

All photos and captions by Rune Noël

PAPUA NEW GUINEA ’16

Pearls, pirates, preachers and people-eating people. Paradise is a peculiar place.

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Gates to Heaven

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Unusual airport decoration

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highway

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breakfast

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work work

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them woods

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epic shower

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desaturated for believability

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dinghy parking

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aquabatics

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shade

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island hospital

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hell

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the congregation was in the warehouse

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large scale mosquito fighting

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Still burning a bit.

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Q&A

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Moon palms

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House of the Drunk

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Grandma hideout

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hands

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Pearl surgeon at work

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The Chinese prefer the golden ones.

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Balloon animal

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Dinner view

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busy boat life

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One family island

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Smokey

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Special weapons and tactics

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1944-out of the box-thinking “Driving fear into the hearts of ones enemies is good warring”; the Australian colonists reminded themselves. “Let’s encouraged the natives to predate on the invading Japanese forces. Its a perfectly good win win solution.” Consequentialistic logic I guess.

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