It's all Portuguese in East Timor
Trip Start Oct 03, 2012
211Trip End Nov 28, 2013
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We've been on the road since a 4.30am pancake and cup of tea looking out at a sunrise from the Lavalon Bar across the seafront in Kupang. Poor old Emerick (Edwin's trusty sidekick) was up like a shot to prepare breakfast - GEEZER!
The journey from Kupang down south in West Timor to Dili is a long and reasonably bumpy one. It follows an almost singular route into the mountains through the middle of West Timor and passes by a number of towns like Soe that are well known for their 'Beehive' style homes. The homes are original to Timorese culture and made of straw with a one metre high door way - yes in didn't make a typo '1 metre'
At the border crossing you leave your Indonesian minivan and get into an identical Timor Leste minivan and get you passport stamped out of Indonesia and stamped into Timor Leste. The process takes around 30 to 40 minutes. We powered through to the Timor Leste side and realised that our speed was largely due to our ability to read and write! At the Timor Leste border there were groups of young boys clambering to fill peoples forms out. We can only assume that laziness wasn't the key driver to pay one of these boys to complete the entry form - we were one of the few Westerners making the crossing at the time.
The road on the Timor Leste side is considerably worse and the journey takes 3 to 4 hours from the border at Batugade - very bumpy and lot's of rubble on the road
About 4 hours later we arrived at East Timor Backpackers just as the sun was going down. We chose East Timor Backpackers initially because it was the cheapest place to stay in Dili. Everywhere else was a hotel and the economy in East Timor is still very much geared to the expansive wallets of Foreign Aid agency staff and NGO's. So with that in mind we opted for some noodles and sleep which is required before we hit Dili tomorrow.