Last post we updated you on my trip from Brisbane to Dili. This current post shows you my travels from Dili to Maliana. Dili is situated on the northern coast of Timor Leste. The trip to Maliana involves travelling west along the coast for roughly two hours and then heading south for another hour or so to Maliana. This final section is particularly sluggish as the road is very slow and winding. The travel time from Dili to Maliana does vary depending on the road conditions (some sections are very good while others are very bad) and the weather, but we managed to do the trip in three and a half hours. On the way, not far before Maliana, you travel through the small settlement of Balibó where there is a museum, sadly dedicated to the Balibó Five who were a group of journalists for Australian television networks who were killed tragically there in 1975, due to unrest in the area. Past Balibó, it is not far then to Maliana which is roughly 250 m above sea level.
I arrived in Maliana late that afternoon, ready to visit Saburai the next morning. We will see you again with our next post when the brothers and I visit Saburai for a Christmas party for the locals.
See you then…!!!!
With every blessing
Trevor and Tina
From Dili to Maliana
Bamboo houses heading west from Dili
Firewood sales are common just outside of Dili
Palm groves behind the beach, west of Dili
More bamboo houses
A simple life
Wet season is still yet to start here west of Dili
Northern coastline, Timor Leste
On the northern coastline of Timor Leste looking east towards Atauro Island
The island of Alor which sits just north of Timor Leste
A very good section of the Dili road
…and worse still!
Main road to Dili and I asked the question, ‘why did the chicken cross the road?’
‘Balibo Five’ museum
Museum dedicated to the Balibo Five
‘Balibo – based on a true story’, in cinemas in 2009
The wet season has commenced in the mountains, tropical storm Maliana
Low cloud over Maliana
Downtown shopping Maliana
The local restaurant selling chicken, rice and noodles
Maliana’s ‘CITY PLAZA’
I arrived, the brothers’ small rented house in Maliana