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Jakarta Post

Slow, easy & happy

Jakarta   /   Sun, October 9 2011   /  04:00 am

Boys have fun near Dili seaport.When I told friends that I would come to Dili, Timor Leste, some of them wondered and asked since when had the city become a hot holiday destination?Even a friend who has lived there for three years said it was a boring city due to its lack of entertainment. Surely, that would not be a problem as I would only stay there for a couple of weeks and modern entertainment is the last thing I think about on holiday.

Also, I would stay in Dili for free as my travel partner, who has a job there, offered free accommodation.

The big day arrived. My first impression of Dili? The city is ‘easy’. That afternoon, the Nicolau Labato international airport was busy with arrivals from Bali. I joined the queue at immigration to get my visa on arrival, which surprisingly was easy and quick.

Knowing that I was from Indonesia, the officer at the counter...