East-timor Travel Stories, Page 2

Australian Soldiers


Australian Soldiers

Today in East Timor there was some excitement; a few kids supposedly had a gun.



This group was over in the Deli Backpacker Hostel on Mandarin street chatting.



Everyone runs out to the streets as Henry comes in and says or tells everyone there is group of boys outside with a gun. They sit here on their heels or haunches in normal Asian style. East Timor boys, possible part of the Karate gang groups.



The one has a headset on, the modern Australia Soldier or many soldiers have a large array of gear. Enough clothing on for three persons.



Interrogating in the Portuguese language is not easy; they have them up and answering questions.


 
I did not talk with the Australian Soldiers however; it appears they were searching the East Timor boy’s car.
 


The excitement caused a small traffic jam.

There seems to be a race problem in East Timor that is also a gang against gang problem.

Australian Soldiers


How to Study Culture by Walking


How to Study Culture
 
I walked towards the airport yesterday from the Hotel. I rented a motorbike the other day and went that direction however walking was a surprise. I am dwelling recently on the concepts of how to study cultures.
 
I am culturally different from the East Timor people, it is not a dramatic difference because they are more or less Portuguese Catholics, or half that and a lot closer than a Thailand person.
 
Walking is a better way to learn about a culture than me flying by on a motorcycle.
I observed
- Office of Timor Post newspaper -
- Big building for the Catholic Relief Services -
- Micro-finance project building -
- A Restaurant The Boss that has Chinese words on it and probably is the local buy a girl place -

 
I noticed because I was walking.
 
What is even more stupid is why I was walking this direction. The girl working in the Dili Backpacker Hostel told me there was large grocery store ten minutes walk from the Hotel that was open. Yesterday was Sunday and in a Catholic country, most stores are closed.
 
I missed all the list of places above, plus the super market when I was on the motorcycle.
 
This culture is 25 percent different from mine, which means to me I only have about 25 percent of the culture that is overwhelming or different. The differences are very subtle; to see the 25 percent difference is difficult.
 
How to change a culture? The malnutrition problem in Niger is because the culture of Niger does not grow vegetables and fruits. The culture needs to change if it wants to stop it children from dying of malnutrition. It is not for sure they want to stop the western perceived problem.
 
East Timor has a problem. I do not know what they are, and for sure it is not simple, I can be arrogant and naïve and say,
- Corruption -

 
The Culture of Corruption is a culture, it is not just one person or group, it is the whole culture that agrees to allow the corruption to exist. I do not know if Corruption is the problem in East Timor.
 

 
Well, there is a huge grocery store down the street from my Hostel, probably more of a hotel than a hostel, but there is a grocery store there. It sells lots of vegetables and cheese, etc. It has a huge fence in front and looks strange to me, however impossible to miss when walking.
 
I am getting annoyed or frustrated with myself and with information. If there is one thing, I have learned a few thousand times is that,
- It is very difficult to have the first original thought. -

99.9 percent of my ideas have already been thought of; I am not the first one to come up with ideas.
 
Books, Magazines, Trade Journals, etc are written about culture, backpacks, travel and every thing I ever am thinking about today or tomorrow.
 
How can I travel and read or even know they exist. I am in a Hotel presently that does not have CNN, BBC or the Internet. It is possible for them to have a small war on the other side of the city and I may not even know about it. What is happening on Mount Merapi is a total mystery.
 
News is different though than books on Malnutrition.
 
I can buy BGAN Satellite systems and then download my page of new feeds and I would have a very comprehensive report of what is happening on the planet.
http://www.hobotraveler.com/newsmedia.php

 
I need to buy books on a few subjects of my research. I would like to buy books on culture, I would like to go to the library in the USA, hang around a few days and then check out some of the resource books and read them about culture and malnutrition.
I can buy the pop book, the stupid; think they are professionals who write pop culture books on many subjects. However, to purchase a boring research book are not being sold in the airport.
 
Getting on Amazon.com and reading the reviews, choosing a book is no good either, I need a library where I can look at many books. Hmm, where are English libraries in Asia? Maybe Singapore, maybe in the Philippines, I can try to find a major English library in Manila.
 
How to Study Culture


East Timor Culture Small Tent Cities


East Timor Culture
 
There are small tent cities that go and hang around the safety zones or the powers that be zones.
 
This one is next to the Journalist Hotel Timor, it was inside the harbor protective gates, however when the ships returned, they moved them to the park and many went home.
 

 
There are similar groups at the United Nations area, the Airport and probably a couple more.
 
Safety or hanging around for free food, hard to say, I had more beggars in Bali hit me up for money than East Timor, strange.
 

 
Probably the best symbol of the cultural or the biggest influence of East Timor culture. I heard some gossip; I guess there was about zero AIDS in East Timor because it was isolated before their claiming independence. The United Nations entered East Timor to help stabilize the nation.
 
Many of the workers were from Africa and brought with them AIDS, this is the skinny, and gossip.
 

 
Dili is a flat spot at the bottom of the mountains, there are multiple streams that come down from the mountains and a good photo in the way they come through the city and enter the ocean.
 

 
Trash Burning
This reminds me of India, they have the corner trash burner. A house can take their trash to this box, it is then burned. They did the same in India; however, the cows were normally eating the trash.

 

 
Typical Barb Wire around a hotel in East Timor, these fences are not new, they have been here awhile.
 

 
The Australian Army runs these Armored Cars down the road fast and furious. Sometime I think it is to make sure to announce, we are here, can you hear us?
 

 
Newspaper and Cell Phone cards, this may be a hot zone, but all business has not stopped, gone a little low key, but you can buy a Saturday paper on Saturday.
 

 
The realm of stupid.
This is a market, sad, and stupid. The roaming gangs burned and crippled this market. We are in the tropics, you can sleep outside easy, it is not a huge problem, and in fact, it could be cooler. When they burn the business of people though it causes a much more drastic problem. If you can earn money, you can move back into a home or hut. If you cannot earn money, then what do you do.

 

 
Photo of one of the riverbeds or river that lead to the ocean maybe sea.
 

 
This beach is about a 3 on a scale of 10 for beaches, however it is a beach, many are just rocks, this does have a beach. That is a lighthouse on the right of the photo. I think this is a hang around and drink in grass like huts on the beach, look around, drink some more and call it paradise. East Timor is supposed to have good diving, however they all say that.
 
The cost of East Timor is about double of Bali, not a first on the list place for tourism. However culturally this is ten times better than Bali. Bali is more or less one huge colony of salespeople to me.
 
East Timor is a Warehouse?
 
Where is my house, they burned many houses.
 
East Timor Culture


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Andy of HoboTraveler.com
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Doing Business in East Timor


Doing Business in East Timor
 
How do you do business in a war zone? This is not a war zone, maybe a Hot zone but not a war zone.
 
You do business the same as Bolivia or Peru or Nepal or any other place when they have a general strike. Everyone closes their business, but they do not close. They are ready to close, but they are open.
 
In Peru, the whole city decides to stop business and strike. It is a joke, nobody stops, they closed the doors and you have to knock. Solidarity is not going to cost a business money.
 

 
The shops in East Timor could at first glance seem closed. However, paying attention, many are open, or half doors are open. Ready to close when needed.
 
There are shops that instead of being open all day and all night, they are open only for prime time business. I can go purchase food, eggs, and other supplies easily in the morning at many grocery stores. However in the afternoon towards sunset it become increasing hard to find a grocery open.
 
Doing Business in East Timor


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Andy of HoboTraveler.com
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Statues of East Timor


Statues of East Timor
 
There are also statues in countries, normally not very interesting. I stopped and took a couple of photos. These are the tourist type photos I take to increase traffic, normally just a make money photo of the site.
 

 
However…
This photo is a scream. This native type has chains on or broken chains and is screaming. Seem very appropriate as this country is being chained by the United Nations, Portugal, Gangs, Uranium, and Gangs and of course Political Parties. I suppose you got the Malaysian, Australians and the Catholic Church.

 
Oxfam and all the NGO’s have created a wanna be NGO state, I would scream too if I had all these factions fighting for control, ooops forget Indonesia.
 
Statue number two.
 


This for sure was a stop for money. I thought this was a gate to the city. Has that big ball, held by hands, a real welcome to the world. Support, solidarity all the normal crap.

 
I was looking at the clock. The times is maybe 9:00 AM, the time is not 1:00.
YEP, time has frozen in East Timor; everyone in this city is waiting. Another appropriate statue.
 
Time is sitting still.
 
Why do anything when you do not have a government, a police, a way to guarantee tomorrow is the same as yesterday. Security is missing; the Australian Army is waiting for things to resume to normal. People hanging around the powers that be in their tents waiting to be kicked out and go home. Everyone inside the fences wondering if it is safe to leave the house, time is standing still in East Timor.
NGO want to return to do what they do, I have no idea most of the time.
 
Statues of East Timor


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Andy of HoboTraveler.com
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East Timor Gang Control

 
East Timor Gang Control
 
Sunday morning, about 4:20 am, my body is a little confused on time. There is a man outside my room snoring. Henry said,
- This is Gang control. -

 
I am in the East Timor Dili Backpackers Hostel.
 

 
Henry is the owner of the Hostel and a fine place to be, a few single rooms, not a complete dorm thing. It has a kitchen for guest, TV room and a couple of Timor girls for host. Henry is a good source of gossip on East Timor after you encourage him to talk a reluctant and non-partisan innocent bystander…
 
He hired a couple of boys to sleep on the couches as gang control. Maybe they belong to gangs and hired to be inside and not outside. A gang is for the most part just boys with nothing better to do.
 
The one snore, however Henry instincts are good and has his ear to the ground a lot better than the not-so-personal Hotel Timor where all the journalist stay.
 
It is enigmatic how or why the journalists insulate themselves so well from the people they are report on or explaining. I suppose reporting news is not the real business of the journalist, they for sure have an agenda.
 
East Timor Gang Control


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Andy of HoboTraveler.com
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East Timor A Good Place to Diet


East Timor A Good Place to Diet
 
The stores are 90 percent closed.
 
It hit me; there is an attack on their own people. It is like a riot in the USA in the Ghetto where the group decides to destroy their own part of the city.
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In Iraq, the businesses were open, it was like normal life with a police force supplied by the Coalition, and here in East Timor, only the brave stores are opened.
 
Ergo, a good place to diet. I cannot just walk across the street and eat chicken. There are few places open; I know I will learn the way of living in East Timor.
 
East Timor A Good Place to Diet


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Andy of HoboTraveler.com
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East Timor After a Riot


East Timor
 
Maybe a little too balls to the wall here in East Timor; I am still having trouble assessing the situation. I am sitting here watching the movie Vanity Fair on HBO, with the Air Con running and a fridge.
 
The drive from the airport to the hotel truly felt like the day after a riot.
 

 
Took a photo from the airplane fully expecting the Australian Military to completely stop me when they could find me? Photos are a no no in many airports on the planet; I remember getting stopped cold in the Caribbean and having to delete photos. However, the Australian Military did not care and allowed photos.
 

 
The airport was in disarray, not sure what happened. Here is a couple of journalist discussing the situation. The telephoto lens, extra large, plus two cameras is a sure sign of what a photographer wears. Both have on the hunting jacket vest, also the traditional uniform.
 

 
Right now the worst baggage system I have encountered, the pulled the baggage cart out behind the terminal and we cross a small ditch and grabbed our bags from the cart.
 

 
The worrisome part, there are many makeshift tents inside the womb area of the airport. They appear to be there for safety, however maybe they are waiting for a plane. People will naturally run or move towards safety, maybe they are not sure what to do, it is possible they are from Indonesia and actually do need to leave the country, however caught in the mess.
 
I hitched an accidental ride with a Journalist, he was off to the Timor Hotel and I thought about staying; however, the price was maybe 130 U.S. dollars per night. They were very kind and dropped me of at the Turismo Hotel, which starts at 25, I opted for the safety of watching BBC and CNN, and I feel better when I can at least know a little more. Not that I trust these news company for the truth, but they do find out quicker than me what is happening on the planet.
 
I was asked by a journalist, and a NGO worker why I came to East Timor. I said, hmm?
- Normally, I would say to chase girls and cause trouble; however, I think I am here to see if what is on TV is the same as what is really happening. I tend to think of BBC and CNN as fantasy. -

 
East Timor


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Andy of HoboTraveler.com
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