Streets of Rua Presidente Nicola Lobato & Colmera, Dili, East Timor

streets of dili
It is possible to walk the entire city of Dili in one day that is if you can bear the heat.

Though it is quite unusual to see a lone foreign female walking the street even during daytime but with nothing else to do it became my official weekend past time.

It can be uncomfortable at times particularly in areas with no proper sidewalk but all in all it is safe and always the best means of discovering new corners.
on the way to timor plaza, dili

Starting from my apartment at Rua Hudilaran with this amazing view of my neighbor backyard of freshly planted banana trees, I often make my way to Rua Presidente Nicola Lobato and from there decide whether I will turn left towards Timor Plaza or right towards Colmera.
on the way to timor plaza, dili

Streets in Dili is quite clean, praises goes to the Timorese who actually keep it clean on their own accords, meaning no paid government aids to sweep the streets. The huge beautiful houses are either apartments or hotels for foreign community while a typical Timorese home is very simple, often with small shop selling groceries, home-grown vegetables or pile of old clothes.
on the way to timor plaza, dili
on the way to timor plaza, dili

To judge the influence of Bob Marley, Che Guevara and Jimi Hendrix to Timorese, don’t look any further but just turn on one corner and chances are a street graffiti bearing the famous faces can be seen.
on the way to timor plaza, dili
colmera, dili
colmera, dili
colmera, dili

If you don’t like to walk, don’t have a bicycle, motorcycle or a car, public transportation called Microlet is the next best option. They are colour and number coded according to the route it passes by. Most useful for those visiting East Timor is Microlet #10 which goes thru the seaside area of Dili.
on the way to timor plaza, dili
on the way to timor plaza, dili
colmera, dili

How convenient and reliable Microlets are? This is something I cannot guarantee, but seeing the number of students patiently waiting in the street and how the locals squeeze each other for a ride maybe it is better to walk instead.

Using my Olympus Pen to take photographs, it is normal to see Timorese particularly kids running towards me and often mistaken me for a journalist. I think this impression has something to do with the fact that the only people they have seen so far walking around proudly with a camera are real deal journalist.

More often they will never let me go without at least taking their photographs and it is mandatory that I have to show them the result.

You have to understand that owning a camera in Dili is a luxury for many, thus most Timorese are often excited and intrigued on seeing themselves on your camera LCD.

I don’t mind taking their photos, I think it is quite fun and I even let them play with my camera for a while.
That smile on the kids face after he clicked the shutter and view the photograph he took is just priceless.
on the way to timor plaza, dili
colmera, dili
colmera, dili

Most popular good sold on the streets of Dili? Fish, eggs, native chicken and banana.
on the way to timor plaza, dili
on the way to timor plaza, dili

Some shots along Rua Nicola Lobato towards Timor Plaza.
on the way to timor plaza, dili
on the way to timor plaza, dili
on the way to timor plaza, dili
on the way to timor plaza, dili
on the way to timor plaza, dili
on the way to timor plaza, dili

After visiting Tais Market marked by a signage at this roundabout, I would recommend to walk further towards Colmera.
colmera, dili
colmera, dili

Colmera is where you can purchase electronic gadgets, shoes and clothes.
colmera, dili
colmera, dili
colmera, dili
colmera, dili

Not to far from Colmera, walking at the back side of Palacio de Governo are the Universidade Nasionál Timór Lorosa’e (National University of East Timor), the Arquivo & Museu da Resistência Timorense (Archives & Museum of East Timor Resistance) and Dili Sports Center.
colmera, dili
colmera, dili
colmera, dili
colmera, dili

Continuing the walk towards the seaside area, in front of Fatima Statue is Largo de Lecidere.
Bring your laptop and be in solidarity with the locals as they enjoy the free wireless connection courtesy of Timor Telecom.
colmera, dili
colmera, dili
colmera, dili
colmera, dili
colmera, dili

While located across the street besides One More Bar is The Xanana Gusmão Reading Room for more history lesson and for those looking to trade in or buy English books.
colmera, dili

Ditch your guidebooks when exploring Dili, all you need is a camera and willingness to explore and appreciate the city and its people.

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5 thoughts on “Streets of Rua Presidente Nicola Lobato & Colmera, Dili, East Timor

  1. Hi luna tan,

    I’m working on a multimedia project on Timor Leste for school and came across your blog… your pictures are beautiful!

    I was wondering if I may use a number of them in my project that aims to teach the basics of Tetun, the lingua franca of Timor Leste. These pictures will help to provide the context for mini language activities.

    Hope to get your permission to use them, as well as how you would like to be attributed in the pictures if so.

    Looking forward to hear from you. Happy travels to you meanwhile!

    Cheers,
    IngridT

    1. Hi Ingrid, thank you. please feel free to use whatever you need. You can just simply mentioned my blog as the source that would be enough.

      All the best.

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