Betty's Trout by bobfoto

Betty's Trout

One of the highlights of Betty's Lodge in Chimbu Province, Papua New Guinea is Betty's Trout found in Betty's Trout Farm. Sure there are Betty's Pyrethrum Daisy Farm and Betty's Bear inside the lodge oh and there's Betty's Cottage Garden to enjoy. But Betty's Trout is pretty cool, and if you ask nicely, Betty will put on her Betty's Waders and her Betty Customised Tennis Racquet and scoop out one or three of Betty's Trout.

The small dorm rooms lead onto a large dark lounge room where Betty's Bear lives and this then steps into Betty's Kitchen where one can sit around the old timber dining table while Betty fusses around and gets a meal ready. Every Trout dish is different, and all are yummo.

Betty has limited power, so the meal is prepared in advanced and left to rest/marinade in the cool mountain air. Betty's Beers are in a cupboard and are cool enough at room temperature. I opened up the cupboard and found 3 beers... I said to Betty "Hey I thought you were stocking up before my arrival?" and poor Betty apologised for not getting additional beer. She said I could get some down at Gembogl.

So a day after walking 1,000m in altitude up the mountain and back, I started to walk 1,000m in altitude down the mountain.

Dominic and my GF joined me and we wandered down the road, chatting to the locals and checking out some of the roadside markets along the way. Down at Gembogl we found some men who were drinking beer, so I asked the first one "Em nau, mi laik baim sampela beer, yu kisim dispela long we?" and they said "yu go daun lo blue haus na yu tok tok long wanpela man, nem bilongim John"

So I wandered a little further and met a man named John. "Mi laik baim sampela beer, em orait?" and John said "Yes, em nau, yu kam na tok tok long Papa long mi"

So we wandered a little further and met a man wearing a suit jacket and a hat. He had a cool grey beard and warm grey eyes (cataracts). "Hammas lo sikpak lo SP?" and the old man said "20 Kina tasol". I thought "Wow, these prices are as good as they are in Moresby, yet these ones have had to travel to get here!"

"Tenkyu tru" I said and we swapped beer for cash.

I loaded up my pack and started to walk back up the road. The local kids thought it really cool that the Hairy White Guy was buying local goods and they ran alongside as we strode up the mountain. We stopped and purchased some vegetables and fruit along our walk home, including Strawberries on a stake!

Enjoying a beer with baked Trout was blissful. Betty Blissful.

Photo taken 11 November 2008
sounds like bliss too, thanks for sharing
November 20th, 2012  
@llbil - Thanks Lilbil :)
November 20th, 2012  
Hey. Cool story. Anything for a beer. i remimber when I lived in outback we would drive hundreds of kilometres for a hamburger and beer
November 20th, 2012  
I thought that was a turtle from the thumbnail! Cracker of a story!
November 20th, 2012  
@peterdegraaff - a Hamburger? In PNG? OMG!

@kjarn - a Turtle? In PNG? seems reasonable...
November 20th, 2012  
@bobfoto Further for a pizza, but not so far for trout
November 20th, 2012  
@peterdegraaff LOL!
Nice shot Jason and very interesting story but I can't fathom going to all that trouble for beer! ;~}
November 20th, 2012  
Betty cool story! I like this picture as well! Quite Betty.
November 20th, 2012  
Great story.
November 20th, 2012  
something seems fishy to me...
November 20th, 2012  
Fun telling of the story. That trout looks very different from ours here in California.
November 20th, 2012  
Great story!! A fishy ending!!
November 20th, 2012  
Great story, but here in Idaho we would refer to that trout as "bait".
November 20th, 2012  
Great story. Nice shot!
November 21st, 2012  
@peterdegraaff - New Pizza joint in downtown Moresby, that does a fair job.

@grammyn - then you have never had a beer at Betty's Lodge after walking all day?

@livin365 - I see what you did there! Bettty funny!

@webfoot - Thank you Paul. :)

@houdiniem @carolmw - If it smells like a fish, looks like a fish, flaps like a fish...

@tigerdreamer @rvwalker - Oh I think Betty does very well growing these babies herself, the Trout are not local to PNG, and her little patch of paradise is probably the only spot cold enough to grow them.

@daisy - thanks Kathryn!
November 21st, 2012  
why i see this and gollum comes to my mind?? xD (hint: the scene with the fish.. xD)
November 21st, 2012  
You need a smaller fish or bigger pan
November 21st, 2012  
@bobfoto LOL! Can't say as I have! ;~}
November 21st, 2012  
@agentzuckerguss - no precious here, just fishes.

@johnnyfrs - the shot previous to this one had Betty's fish and GF's fish on board too!

@grammyn - well then?
November 22nd, 2012  
be hard frying that trout in that lil pan :P Great story and i bet the walk for the beer was well worth it!
November 22nd, 2012  
@bobfoto mea culpa! ;~}
November 22nd, 2012  
@kdimagery - It sure was, and the baked trout was scrumptious!

@grammyn - Em orait.
November 23rd, 2012  
@bobfoto You got me I have no idea what that means! ;~}
November 23rd, 2012  
@grammyn - Just the PNGean way of saying "It's alright"
November 23rd, 2012  
ummm.....no thanks ; )
November 23rd, 2012  
@angelamartel - no asparagus?
November 23rd, 2012  
@bobfoto Aha! I got the PNG but couldn't find the translation!
November 24th, 2012  
@grammyn - Em nau.
November 24th, 2012  
@bobfoto LOL! Seriously ?! Translation.
November 24th, 2012  
@grammyn - heeheehee "em nau" is the greatest PNG phrase ever! It can really mean whatever you want it to, but a true translation is "It's now". But it can also mean "I understand" or "Yup, got that" or even "Let's do it". It kinda confirms things.
November 24th, 2012  
@bobfoto LOL! You are a devil! ;~} I'll add that to my repertoire!
November 24th, 2012  
Love this shot....the simplicity, the markings and colours on the fish....very cool
November 27th, 2012  
@grammyn - em nau.

@palusami - oh and vert tasty!
November 27th, 2012  
November 27th, 2012  
@grammyn - see it works....
November 28th, 2012  
@bobfoto em nau! ;~}
November 28th, 2012  
@grammyn - Yu tok stret.
November 28th, 2012  
@bobfoto I sure do! ;~}
November 28th, 2012  
@grammyn - Em nau.
November 29th, 2012  
@bobfoto LOL! yu tok stret! ;~}
November 29th, 2012  
@grammyn - Tenkyu tru Katy, en i nap nau, dispela toktok em i go raun na raun na raun. Het bilong mi gat liklik wori.
November 29th, 2012  
I think I got most of it but I am a newbie to the language so still struggling with some of it! ;~]
November 30th, 2012  
@grammyn - em nau.
November 30th, 2012  
Love it! I even think the fish is smiling. I was at college in Matlock where the gradient down to town is something like 1:4 but it wasn't enough to stop us going to the off-licence at the bottom of the hill when we needed a bottle of wine....
November 30th, 2012  
@filsie65 - Oh I like the cut of your jib. Sometimes the best cut of meat is that that is worth huntin'....
November 30th, 2012  
That was very nice of her.
December 2nd, 2012  
@hellcat - sure was... we paid her enough!
December 3rd, 2012  
:) worth it, it sounds like
December 3rd, 2012  
@hellcat - yeah Betty was great fun. I had some criticisms at the time, but at this stage of PNG, I had experienced quite the spectrum of hospitality and certainly the broad range of costs. That country needs a Tourism Symposium (well a better one than what they currently have) and they need to understand what a guest wants and how to deliver on expectations. I'm starting to ramble...
December 3rd, 2012  
Whooo hooo ramble on!

I can understand what you're saying, but some resources seem pretty slim. Maybe tourists should also know what they're walking in to before they go in the capacity of tourist. You know? If one goes to a remote village in the Andes or Nepal, perhaps the expectations shouldn't be too modernized. I don't know though... it's not like I get to travel that far at the moment.
December 3rd, 2012  
@hellcat - Spot on. When I travelled to the Kariwari, I met 4 British Travel Agents whom were out and about checking on the facilities of where they were sending Brits. One such agent worked out of Soho and his clientele had plenty of money and unfortunately, you need to be fairly wealthy or half mad to travel within PNG. So he did that, he would tell his clients, what to expect and they handed over the greens, and were not disappointed.

During this particular trip, I visited 2 locally operated resorts. Both operated by strong minded and moderately wealthy PNG Highlands women. Both charged around the same price, but there were some interesting differences. In one resort, you paid the price, and received meals cooked on time, and fire places burning, in the other, I chopped my own wood and lit my own fire... dinner was rather late. But on the other hand, if I wanted to go for a hike, the first place charged an additional fee for guides whereas in the second joint, guides were free.

It was all swings and roundabouts, but if there were some consistency, then I think tourism would improve.
December 5th, 2012  
I see your point, and that's pretty valid. Maybe they just need to define what their view of an amenity is and perhaps that would clear things up?
December 7th, 2012  
@hellcat - because it wasn't cheap to travel or stay in these places, then clientele would be random and sparse. Rarely would someone stay at multiple joints over a short period of time like I. So the conflicting prices of services would mean little to the average punter.
December 7th, 2012  
Maybe what you need is a frequent visitor card.
December 30th, 2012  
@hellcat - I sometimes think they just need to consolidate, have a tourism expo in a regional centre every two years or so, and invite tourism booking agents from all around the globe, and demonstrate what it is they can offer. And be aware of what else is available in their own backyard and how they can assist one another. Get the tourists through the door and then keep them in country so to speak. And they kinda do this already, but it can be a frustrating place at times.
December 30th, 2012  
It's a good idea considering all you've shared, is there someone that you could bring that up with? You're so well written that I'm sure you would have the ability to make a persuasive case.
December 30th, 2012  
@hellcat - there are people who try to care, but maybe some of them have been there too long and are sick of trying? Jealousies are a poison in PNG and commonplace too.
December 30th, 2012  
That's too bad. :(
December 30th, 2012  
@hellcat - its not a place for patting someone else on the back...
December 30th, 2012  
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