'Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world' - Gustave FlaubertTimor Leste, aka East Timor, is not far from Australia, yet feels like a completely different world (until you meet the Australian ex-pats who all seem to be indulged in money spinning ideas). Timor's 14,874 square kilometres could probably fit four times into Tasmania (remember that little island at the bottom of Australia), but distance is measured in hours not miles or kilometres.
The rugged terrain encapsulated by magnificent beaches is pitted with poorly maintained roads. But of course, all the Embassies and Government Departments have pole position overlooking the bay.
|The Australian Embassy|
|Well positioned moorings|
|The requisite bar|
|Competitors and the bar products|
|The flags made it easy to find the landing zone|
|It is more imposing up close and personal|
|The views are stunning|
|Timor's incredible coastline|
|The toasts and stories beach side|
|Award for Tientos|
A street party, with amazing food, was held outside the Turkish Kebab Club (remember the filo pastry?). Well the delivery of said pastry for their famous Baklava saw Keith and Lea crowned 'King and Queen of the Casbah', so belly dancing on the tables was the order of the day. I still need to speak with the author of the YouTube post.
|King Keith and Queen Lea|
After stocking up at the local supermarket and bakery, we decided against getting fuel here and cleared for Kupang on the 23rd July.
May all your bars be wooden and well-stocked!