Friday, June 4, 2010


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Maubisse Market

The Sunday morning market in Maubisse is not to be missed. Being a crossroads town, Maubisse has some of the best vegetables around. Here are a few pics from a morning at the market in late May.
Chilies! They are quite hot!

Maubisse is coffee country and below are coffee beans that haven't yet been roasted. If you were to close your eyes and smell them, you'd never know they were coffee beans.

Jacket, Please!

I never thought I would write about the joys of wearing a jacket. I also never thought that 60 degrees would be considered cold. Yet, when I traveled into the mountains of Maubisse two weeks ago, I did take my jacket, even though the temperature in Dili was a humid 92 degrees. I felt a bit silly carting it along, but was glad I did.

As soon as our vehicle began to climb into the mountains, the temperature began to drop along with the humidity. By the time we reached Maubisse, three hours later, it was a very pleasant 65 -- and the fog was starting to roll in -- by nightfall, I needed my fleece. The temperature dropped to around 60.

It had been a long time since I'd worn a jacket. It felt strange, but comforting. I realized that I missed wearing jackets. There was something kind of quaint about it -- particularly on a tropical island where it is almost always hot and humid.

The fog rolling in and the rain shower that followed was absolutely fantastic -- I hadn't seen fog in a long time -- and then just before sundown -- a beautiful rainbow.