From Papua New Guinea to Colombia, Santa Fe, and Japan

I am crossing paths with society tonight, and just wanted to let you know that I’m still alive and well here in Papua New Guinea. I have not yet been raped, murdered, or robbed, and in fact, am absolutely on cloud nine right now after these past two days.

I am quite literally investigating the birth of tourism here in PNG, and yesterday, I visited a village where I was, no exaggeration, the 4th white person the people had ever seen. My travels have taken me to an area called Lake Murray, a marshy swampland fed by 18 rivers and only accessible via charter flight just east of the Indonesian border.

My plan is to draw up the framework for a story that chronicles my travels, the story of a person who went to Papua New Guinea and didn’t die. Imagine that!

This kid's getup gives a whole new meaning to the word "parrothead." Photo by Wake and Wander.
This kid’s getup gives a whole new meaning to the word “parrothead.” Photo by Wake and Wander.

While the PNG stories come into form and find their respective landing places, I will close out November with a week in Colombia, followed by December trips to Santa Fe, Kyoto, and Aruba before taking a break for the holidays.

During my time on the east coast between Christmas and New Years, I plan to continue my string of brewer profiles by spending the day with Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head in Delaware. Earlier this summer I bloodied my elbow during an interview with badass biker/brewer Dale Katechis of Oskar Blues, and last month I sat down with Jim Koch of Sam Adams. I am working on the story as we speak and it should be out by the year’s end.

Will McGough of Wake and Wander interviews Jim Koch of Boston Beer Company.  Photo by Ryan Dearth.
Interview with Jim Koch of Boston Beer Company. Photo by Ryan Dearth.

It’s unbelievable that 2015 is about a month away, but I am excited for what it holds. With the calendar already filling up with trips and stories for January, February, March, and April, we’ll have lots to chat about. I’ll check back in soon. More photos and commentary available here.

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