This week, we’ll mix things up a little bit. I’m going to tell you 3 miscellaneous facts about a place I have been and 3 miscellaneous facts about a place I am going.
Please play along — either in my comment section or on your own blog with a link here. 🙂
3 Facts About Papua New Guinea (a place I have been)
1. The trading language in PNG is a pidgen English, Tok Pisin, which is now considered an official language and is a first language for some people in PNG. This is a mixture of German, English, Portuguese, and other languages from Asia and the Pacific islands. (Side note: “Wantanabi” is not a word in Tok Pisin. 😉 )
2. Many women in PNG wear long, loose, patterned blouses called “Mary blouses.”
3. The woven bags in PNG are called bilum bags. These bags are used to carry food, school books, babies, everything. Some bags are woven with brightly-colored nylon strings or a manufactured wool now, but some are still made out of the traditional natural fibers, usually the inner bark of a wild tulip tree. Some of the bags are decorated with feathers or shells. (Side note: If your bag is decorated with feathers and someone in your group has just attempted to enter Australia with the body of a dead bird, you can expect to be thoroughly searched by Australian Custom officials, who -by the way- don’t want you to bring in dead birds from other countries.)
3 Facts About Brazil (a place I am going)
1. Brazil is the only Portuguese-speaking country in all of the Americas.
2. Sao Paulo is the fifth most populous metropolitan area of the world.
3. Brazil has won soccer’s World Cup a record five times and is widely considered the most talented national soccer team. Incidentally, the official version of indoor soccer originated in Brazil.