Dili, East Timor

I had read a warning in a 2021 blog about the lack of Wifi in East Timor but had naively thought things would be upgraded in 2023. Not really, and my iPhone wasn’t really happy with the 3G connection. Like txt sort of went, but email was impossible. Same for accessing anything remotely resembling a website.

Add in hot & humid.  There was nothing on offer for tours, so we went out exploring.  The key thing to see was the Resistance Museum.

(BTW- if you are looking for reliable information with useful links – there is www.wikivoyage.org  Managed by the Wikipedia folks. Add /wiki/Dili in specific for this, the capital city of East Timor.

In any case, the Resistance Museum is housed in a new building (not surprisingly since most of the city was destroyed during the fight for independence.  The museum lays out clearly the time line and key events for that 25 year period.  The story is brutal, with the negatives from both sides documented.

From there we sweated through a stop at the SuperMercado (coffee&chocolate) and back to the ship.

Photos to follow when I have wifi

(added in Darwin)

Boats in the harbor

The terminal

we weren’t sure if the damage was left over from the war, but we think last year’s cyclone.


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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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