Weekend at Dili Seaside Area, Dili, East Timor

dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)
When I first arrived in Dili, I was booked by my company in a hotel close to the city seaside area prominently marked by Pertamina wharf.
After the first weekdays of adjusting to a new work environment, my first weekend had to be spent adjusting to the new surroundings.
dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)
dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)

Armed with a very little information found on the web, with no idea on the name of the streets, I spend my first weekend on this new city doing what I do best- walk relentlessly.

Avenida de Portugal is the name of the parallel street along the coast of Dili. It has to be the most famous street for expats known for its long line of Embassies, hotels and bars. But also, it is the best place for a good introduction on what to expect in Dili more or less.
dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)
dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)
dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)

Blessed with abundance sunshine and clear sky, despite the very hot afternoon, it will not deter the local families or kids to go for a swim, play and just hang around the beach area.
dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)
dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)
dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)
dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)

The plastic tables and chairs are out. The vendors were busy setting up their stalls with food for the afternoon BBQ feast.
dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)
dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)
dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)

I passed by a Timorese man busy doing wood carvings and showing his display for sale hoping that any tourist coming out on the Beach Hotel across will be keen to purchase some of his work.
dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)
dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)

Few vendors wheeling their cart couldn’t take the heat anymore and like me quietly find a shade whenever we can.
dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)

Assuming that you don’t have any idea about East Timor history, the presence of UN marked vehicle, NGOs and US AID banners are more than enough to understand what could possibly happen in the city and what were the measures taken for its recovery.
dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)

Continuing my walk passing by the Farol Lighthouse and towards the significant Motael Church.
dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)
dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)
dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)
dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)
dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)
dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)
dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)

Somewhere at the back of a park are locals enjoying a swim. It is not the best or the cleanest part of the shore but might be the most accessible for them. It feels like I was disturbing an intimate family affair when I decided to take a few snaps.
dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)

Instead of feeling out of place, I was gladly welcome particularly by the kids when they saw me holding a camera. They started to do somersaults and asked me to take their photographs.
dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)

No particular direction in mind, I just walk straight up to the point where I am on the verge of fainting due to the very humid afternoon. Passing by Dili Port and in-front of Palacio De Governo, I rested under the bay side bench and admire the island of Atauro across and the continuing view towards Cristo Rei.
dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)
dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)
dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)
dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)

With more time at hand, I walked further at the back of Palacio De Governo and entered the Rezistensia Timorense Arkivu & Muzeu (The Timorese Resistance Archive & Museum) to understand more about East Timor history and the struggle they faced towards the achievement of the country independence in 2002.
dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)
dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)

At daytime, it is a pleasant place to walk with abundance of sunshine but at night time better stay indoor or go home at reasonable hours even if you have a car. Don’t walk at night or you will fall into one of open manholes since there are no street lights at all.
dili port-seaside (avenida portugal-aldeia)

In the future, whenever I browse this post I will always remember that feeling of not knowing what to expect, the feeling of once again adopting and adjusting to a new environment.

8 thoughts on “Weekend at Dili Seaside Area, Dili, East Timor

  1. they are truly blessed with such a wonderful natural environment (albeit the sunlight). and its great that you embrace the unknown! cos it means taking in more new stuff everyday and always thirsty for new and insightful knowledge!

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