Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Tweet 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.
Posted by Radio Nomad at 5:46 AM
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tweet There are hundreds and hundreds of buildings in Timor-Leste that look like this one. Many were burned after the August 30, 1999 referendum in which the vast majority of East Timorese citizens voted for independence from Indonesia. Just after the referendum, anti-independence groups, organized and supported by the Indonesian military, launched a scorched-earth campaign.
Posted by Radio Nomad at 8:31 AM
Tweet I met this elderly woman along the road from Baucau. For one dollar, you can buy a lot of tamarind. For those who have tried it, it starts out tasting a bit sweet, but then, after a few seconds, tastes sour. The tamarind is in the date family.
Posted by Radio Nomad at 6:56 AM
Monday, August 17, 2009
Tweet 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.
Posted by Radio Nomad at 9:49 PM