Timor Leste

The beach. Again.

The beach. Again. But it doesn’t get any uglier....

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Bondia (Good morning)

Atauro sits hazy across the bay, thinly veiled by a gauze curtain of mist. The blueness of the water grows steadily darker as the sun...

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Fishing for sunbeams

Children swim by a fishing boat in Dili at sunset....

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Real poverty

It’s strange to see real poverty up close. Distended stomachs, malnourished children, children with disabilities crawling in the dirt....

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Difficult conversations

I think that one of the hardest things to deal with when speaking in a second language is talking about death. I’ve faced this...

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Watching history

(Sorry, camera phone pic only) Last night, I watched President and Nobel Prize Laureate Jose Ramos-Horta thank the UN for their service in...

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Woven wonders

Woven goods and baskets for sale at the Maubara market in the midday sun....

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The kitten

The tiny kitten squirmed on the road, immobilised from the waist up but its back legs flailing from pain. I didn’t know paralysis could...

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Lautem dusk

Rice fields in Lautem district, Timor-Leste, at dusk....

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Marching band

The 10th anniversary of Timor-Leste’s independence is coming up this May 20. There are lots of rumours swirling around Dili about...

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Dili morning

A misty Dili morning. I love my balcony… it’s probably the only reason I didn’t up and move when my roof fell down and...

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Things that happened the week I turned 27

1. I went to Maubara on May Day and the fort cafe didn’t have banana smoothies or any food really except instant noodles. The road...

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