Friday, August 7, 2009

End of the Day in Oecusse

Not a soul on this beautiful beach in Oecussi at sunset. Oecussi, one of the 13 districts of Timor-Leste, is separated from the country. It is surrounded by West Timor, Indonesia and the sea. It's a nice place to come and relax. I traveled there with my colleagues to establish a Media House for journalists -- a place where they can access the internet, use computers and take part in trainings. Internet was virtually non-existent in Oecussi until Friday.Rice fields are common in Timor-Leste, but I enjoy photographing them. I spotted this field just 75 yards are so from the beach. It's adjacent to a memorial marking the spot where the Portuguese first landed in 1515 and laid claim to Timor. At the front of the marker are the words: "This is Portugal."

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