When I went to Kokoda last year, one of my colleagues said in a semi-threatening tone, “This place, it gets under your skin, you won’t be able to stay away for long!” He was right. I loved my journey last year and this year it was even more amazing.
The people I trekked with, both from here and from PNG were fun to be around. Their smiles and the laughter were contagious.
I spent most of my time smiling and laughing, having fun. Sure the walking was hard but the company and the scenery were so amazing that you don’t notice the sheer physicality of the journey. We celebrated every step of the way.
It is more than the trek itself, it is also the program that I am a part of. I have seen first hand the changes in the people involved. Watching young people mature and grow, becoming aware of a world bigger than their own.
The sense of achievement at completing the track was overwhelming.
If I am given the opportunity, I will go back, over and over and over again.