The 10th anniversary of Timor-Leste’s independence is coming up this May 20. There are lots of rumours swirling around Dili about which VIPs and foreign dignitries will be attending. It’s an exciting time. People are hanging up flags and decorating their homes and businesses with bright bunting in red, yellow and black.
A marching band has been practicing around my neighbourhood for the anniversary and for the Dili Marathon (which is on this coming weekend). It’s a bunch of enthusiastic young people and practice is paying off… they are definitely sounding better each day. But it is quite loud, especially when they go right by my house… The kids in the neighbourhood love to watch though.