Excursion into deep West Timor

“You need to see traditional West Timor” insisted Frenky, our local agent, who was keen to show us around and make us feel at home in his country, never wanting to leave again. So, he organised a day trip for Pascal, Marie-Laure and us, passing through various villages and featuring some of the traditional activities still practised by the locals.

We reached the middle of West Timor up to the Fatumnasi Mountains where we met the chief of the village, visited his hut full of pigeons, and Pascal inspected his festering leg wound from a motorbike accident. Along the way, we also saw how they cultivate rice and produce palm sugar in Lasiana, sang Country Roads and Let it Be accompanied by a master Sasando player in Oebelo, ate local colourful pastries for morning tea in Oesao, were served an array of dishes in small plates, food previously stacked on display by the window, in a reputed Masakan Padang restaurant where officials from the Agriculture Ministry were also having lunch in Soe, and took pictures of the grand views from Tomenas.

A lot of driving and not enough physical activity if you ask Thomas, but that gave us a good overview of the Indonesian way of life, and, as a bonus, spared us the showers that fell on Kupang all day.

2 thoughts on “Excursion into deep West Timor

  1. Wow what an adventure you guys are living! I had some catch up to do on the posts, but I am really enjoying them, imagining you in all these places, so different to all we know. Talk about mind opening experiences. Of course it might be difficult, tiring and lonely at times, but reading you makes me think that is actually pretty cool to loose control sometimes and get surprised by the unexpected. And how is Obélix doing? On se parle bientôt. Désolée d’avoir écrit en anglais, c’est un peu plus facile de m’exprimer quand je suis “sleep deprived”


    1. C’est que j’en écrit des tartines, alors aucun souci si tu ne lis pas tout. Mais oui, ce voyage est celui de l’inattendu, du clash des cultures et des préjugés, et des belles rencontres et surprises aussi. Bises et à très bientôt.


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