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Oecussi prison

Oecussi prison

Oecussi prison – East Timor An abandoned prison just outside of Pante Makassar in Oecussi is a reminder of Indonesian times. I don’t have the full history on it but the general consensus is that is was pretty full under the Indonesian administration. If I get the chance to talk to Father Richard maybe he […]

Rivers of Oecussi

Rivers of Oecussi

Oecussi rivers – rainy season Oecussi is usually very dry but when the rainy season starts many of the rivers swell and make travel difficult. These people just deal with it and just wait for the river level to drop and then resume business as usual. Some communities can be cut off for several weeks […]

Old buildings Oecussi

Old buildings Oecussi

Oecussi East Timor This Catholic church is still in good condition. Many of the buildings in Oecussi were destroyed in 1999 but there are a few interesting remnants left standing that still give the place a Portuguese feel. This one was an official Oekusse – Ambeno government office. Rows of Indonesian buildings that have been […]

Farming in Oecussi

Farming in Oecussi

Oecussi farming East Timor Slash and burn practices are still commonly used in Oecussi and the rest of East Timor. Some groups are supporting reforestation and trying to introduce other methods to grow crops. Oecussi is very dry so the rainy season is waited for in earnest. This year it was late and began the […]

Bareback Horse racing in Oecussi

Bareback Horse racing in Oecussi

Traditional bareback horse races in Oecussi – East Timor. Horse racing is one of the big events in Oecussi. The other is waiting for the rainy season to start. The horsemen camp out near the airport under the trees and start racing in the late afternoon. I was able to go down and meet them […]

Lifau – Oecussi

Lifau – Oecussi

Lifau Oecussi In the year 1515 the Portuguese made their first landfall in an area called Lifau. It is near the racetrack where the locals race their ponies. There are rugged hills for a backdrop behind the town of Pante Makasar in Oecussi also spelled Okusse. The local language spoken here is Baikano. The Portuguese […]

kus kus

kus kus

Makaleb – Oecussi – Kus Kus The villagers were getting ready to stew these 2 little rascals so I decided to buy them and take the little guys home on my motorbike. Phalanger orientalis (timor cuscus) Kus Kus in Oecussi I gave a guy holding a dead  turtle  a lift home on the back of […]

Hotel Rao – Oecussi

Hotel Rao – Oecussi

Hotel Roa – Oecussi The bus to the border comes up this road on the way out of town for a 45 minute ride to Bobometo. There you can cross the line and catch a lift to Kefa in West Timor. Make sure you have your visa in advance if going into West Timor. The […]