Thursday, August 20, 2009


The Road from Baucau

In the distance, you can see a man walking with a young boy. The man is carrying a rooster in his arms. As he passed our SUV, the little boy's mom ran out and grabbed the boy -- apparently trying to keep him from going to the cock fight. The boy grabbed the man's leg and refused to let go. I'm not sure how it wind up. We pulled away amid the struggle.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Lovely Baucau

Baucau is Timor-Leste's second largest city. It is cooler and more beautiful that Dili, the capital. The trip to this beach is through a canopy of tropical trees along a narrow road that twists and turns down to the water. Baucau sits on the hill, overlooking the water. This is the warning that awaits you at the foot of the hill -- at the beach.

Machete Shop

This shop is located about five kilometers west of Baucau. You can also take a rest after a long, hard day of work.

Snake on the Beach

This cute little guy was on the beach near Dili. He slithered up out of the sea, checked out the dunes, and then slipped back into the water.