Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Ferry Ride to Oecussi

The overnight ferry to Oecussi from Dili takes about 11 hours. It leaves Dili about 5pm, so as soon as one climbs board, there's a scramble to find a place on deck to stretch out and bed down for the night.

Some sleep, some talk and others play cards all night.
Among the passengers were several pigs, cows, goats and this feathery barn yard bird -- his head poking out of a sack.As with most ferries in this part of the world, it was packed with people -- there is hardly room to walk. For instance, getting to the toilet in the middle of the night is like running an obstacle course -- tip-toeing over body parts of men, women and lots of children.There were a lot fewer passengers on board for the return trip from Oecussi to Dili.As we pulled out of the Oecussi dock, these fishermen in their little boat passed behind us -- heading for the port.Sunset off Oecussi on September 4