The other day we received our postcard from Timor Leste. We mailed it on December 6th in 2013, so it took about 134 days. The distance from Dili to Hamburg is 7734 miles as the crow flies, which works out to about 60 miles per day. Going from New York to San Francisco in the 1860s the Pony Express travelled at 258 miles per day.
We mailed a number of postcards on December 6th, 2013 at the central and only post office of Timor Leste in Dili.
Did you get a card from us? How long did it take?
Skulls dangling, spears sharpened, high above the ground life is better as python’s won’t disturb your sleep and climbing up and down will keep you fit and your senses alert. A chicken next to your bed will wake you when it’s time and the eggs will be very fresh. We remain humbled by the spirit of these people who live completely of the land as the tangles of electricity slowly make their way over the hills.
The building was first constructed as a warehouse by the Portuguese colonists. During the Indonesian occupation it served as a military post. Now it is hosting an English school financed by a Malaysian, Cambodian and Thai NGO. The teachers are mainly from Timor-Leste supported by some native speakers.
In Timor-Leste as anywhere else in the world.
As the former Portuguese colony and formerly Indonesian occupied territory Timor Leste is the eastern part of the eastern (relative to Indonesia) island ‘Timor’, it is called Timor (‘east’ in Indonesian) Leste (from ‘east’ in Portuguese). Got it?
Timor-Leste the country were Guerrilla fighters hiding in the jungle for 24 years are now the government; that had been caught between global politics for 400 years; which was loosing 50% of population over and over by never starting a conflict themselves. But now the future looks bright with democracy, earnings from oil, best organic Arabic coffee beans, young and enthusiastic population, world class corals and fish.
All the best young to this country!