We couldn't believe it. We finally arrived in Madang, Papua New Guinea, and were greeted at the airport by the directors of our orientation course. Madang is located on the north coast of Papua New Guinea. The climate on the coast is typically hot and muggy, thus the amazing vegetation. Our headquarters for the next 14 weeks were located on top of Nobnob mountain, about 800 feet above sea level. Loading our luggage (which all arrived) onto a flat bed truck we began the ascent up Nobnob mountain. The ride was bumpy (and we thought the gravel roads in Iowa were bad). At times I didn't dare look over the edge, but the kids loved it.