This Traveller Asked Santa to Bless Papua New Guinea this Year
Christmas is about wishes. It is about blessings. It is about joy and cheer. But it isn’t always this way. Not everyone gets to experience these emotions. Some have difficult holiday seasons with sadness, stress, oppression, illness, and other struggles. It is up to us – the healthy, the wise, the blessed, the happy, and others, to spread the wealth and the peace that accompanies Christmas sentiments. Our Santa letter series has taken off with travellers focusing on spreading the joy and love to the countries and people they met along their journeys. In this post, Rene from Together We Roam, a wonderful blog about travelling with children (see also her Facebook page!) shares her selfless wishes and hopes for this Christmas. Her letter in particular wishes for a family trip to China to keep her heritage strong, and for generous giving to the deserving people of the Papua New Guinea communities.
Hello from sunny Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It’s hard to believe that it is that time of the year where I reflect on how lucky we have been on our travels and where we aspire to go in the New Year.
Whilst it feels a little naughty to ask for gifts as a grown up, as a firm believer in the magic of Christmas, here’s my travel wishes:
Family footsteps in China
A part of my heart is always in China, the birthplace of my parents. How wonderful would it be to travel as a multi-generational group, where my father can walk the iconic Great Wall, a proud Chinese symbol with his children and his great grandchildren.
My dreams are to trace my family’s footsteps, to get lost in the humming neighbourhoods of Guangzhou, explore the ancient capital of Nanjing and discover inner Mongolia, as we’re believed to be descendants of the Yuan dynasty and the great Kublai Khan.
Perhaps we’re taking your generosity for granted, Santa, but we might as well make the most of our trip and check out China’s hidden gems. I’ve longed to see the turquoise lakes of Jiuzhaigou, show the kids the talented Shaolin Monks in Zhengzhou and the karst mountains in Guilin – a hot balloon ride would be rather epic!
Giving Back in Papua New Guinea (PNG)
What is Christmas without the gift of giving, one of the most memorable family trips we have made is to Papua New Guinea and we’re yearning to go back. Not just to sink our toes in the silky white sands and swim in its warm and inviting crystal seas, but to give generously to the small community groups we met when exploring the tiny remote islands of PNG.
Kitava is one of the largest Torbriand Islands, still an emerald speck off the east coast of Papua New Guinea. Most residents get around the islands by canoe and how we came to meet a young boy named Samuel. He insisted on taking us for a ride in his little outrigger, the clever kid charged us a bargain 5 Kinas ($2 AUD) for a ride, but halfway through he managed to get another 5 kinas from us for the return trip. I felt it a fair deal considering the searing heat, stifling humidity and having to paddle with my giant 5 foot self, squeezed into his canoe.
Every now and again you get these raw, unexpected, pinch-me moments and it was when Samuel broke into song, with a voice of an angel he rowed us back to the beach. What I would give to return and thank him for making our memorable day – absolutely magical.
Looking forward to your visit to the Southern Hemisphere on Christmas Eve. As always we’ll be leaving a schooner of your favourite Aussie brew and juicy carrots for the reindeer.
Rene sent some beautiful wishes to Santa. It is our hope that Christmas Spirit stays strong and that some or even one of her wishes come true this year.
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Rene is a travel blogger who graciously wrote her Santa wishes and dreams to share with our readers. All views expressed in the letter component of this post are hers and were not influenced by Fill My Passport.