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Treading water in Kupang

sunny 31 °C

Happy New Year everybody! or as the say here, Selamat Tahun Baru!

On account of the East Timor embassy being closed for 'Christmas celebrations' on 11th of Jan, we found ourselves spending the weekend in Kupang, West Timor. The city is a pretty standard Indonesian city. Sprawling, noisy, traffic choked, no pavements, rubbish everywhere, no public spaces or parks, and public buses with obnoxious car audio systems going past every 2 seconds.

It's finally stopped raining and so we had to get out.

We hired a scooter for 4 quid, and headed off into the beautiful country side.

First stop was Baun for the morning market where we found these lovely pieces of meat for sale. Can anyone guess what they are?

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After chris purchasing a new dress and cap, we downed a quick 'Nasi Campur' and headed down the bumpiest road i've ever driven on (one for you there Christiaan and Shanna)

An hour later we are swimming at a gorgeous beach. Just us... almost. There's 12 guys at the entrance with 3 trucks who seem to have job to dig up the sand and take it somewhere, and they do a nice comedy routine driving the trucks, one by one into deep mud and somehow being surprised each time they got stuck.

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Finished the day with a meal and a few beers over a game of pool at a waterfront bar. There are worse places to be passing time.

Posted by dantheperson 22:56 Archived in Indonesia Comments (0)

No trip on the Silk Road would be complete without...

sunny 25 °C

So we made it into Azerbaijan, and contrary to popular reports, the people here are just as friendly, if not more so than the rest of the Caucasus.

Ok, so we've only been to one town, but so far so good. We didn't even have to pay a bribe at the border crossing, and they didn't get mad that we have visiting their neighbour and sworn enemy, Armenia.

So that one town is Shaki, and as no trip on the silk route would be complete without staying in a Caravanessi, we are doing that right now.
Karavansary

Karavansary

These are old forts that were provided by local rulers for merchant caravans to stay in while they were visiting town. I've seen many all over the world, some piles of dust, some filled with tradesmen grinding and banging away on metalwork, some touristified with craftsmen polishing copper souvineers, and now i've stayed the night in one.

Shaki family visiting from Baku

Shaki family visiting from Baku

On our stay here we've also had the opportunity to practise our english with the local school children and their families

Tomorrow we are off to the oil boom town capital Baku.

Posted by dantheperson 00:45 Archived in Azerbaijan Comments (2)

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