Jesus Christ .... The statue

Trip Start Oct 03, 2012
Trip End Nov 28, 2013

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Flag of Timor-Leste  , Dili,
Thursday, September 12, 2013

Brazil has that large statue of Jesus that looks over Rio De Janeiro from on high.  Dili has something almost identical but on a far smaller scale.  This is one of the must-sees in Dili and we're only here for such a regrettably short time. 

Bikes from East Timor Backpackers weren't an option (all  broken apparently) and moped's too expensive thanks to the ridiculously over inflated prices from the recent and sustained influx of NGO and aid workers with endlessly fat wallets.  So we caught a taxi to Jesus and climbed the well trodden route to the top.  Along the route there are a number of reliefs set into the rock depicting Jesus's persecution, execution and resurrection. 

The Dili Jesus statue is big and the views of Dili from the hilltop occupied by Jesus were awesome - check the pics.

The bay just behind the hill that Jesus stands on has a beautiful beach and is accessed via a path off of the main trail up to the Jesus statue.  Because the path down to the beach is at the rear of the statue it is known as 'Jesus's arse beach'.  K and I had a great snorkelling session down in the bay.  There was a great coral garden with lots of fish just off of the beach although any further out might have been a bit risky because of the currents flowing around the peninsula. 

After another Taxi ride we ended-up at the Bar on the Beach for a spot of lunch, the Expat bar where we had the pub quiz a couple of nights ago.  The huuuuuge bowl of fries was too much of a temptation...

East Timor Backpackers is pretty good with getting it's guests involved in local events - James, an Aussie who runs the place with the local family who own it is fluent in the Timorese language and organises events.

Tonight was our last night in Dili and fortunately another cultural event was taking place this time at the Archive and Museum of East Timorese Resistance.  This place sticks out like a sore thumb because it's a new building and looks very avant garde compared to its stark surroundings.  It was built by the Portuguese and provides a museum containing the story of East Timorese independence and contains a lot of the artefacts like guns and radio's used by the East Timorese Guerilla's in their long fight against Indonesia.  Apart from being allowed to walk around the indoor exhibition (after hours) the evening was about the premier of a documentary called 'The Diplomat' with a barbe-que and live music afterwards.

The Diplomat was about Jose Ramos Horte and followed his struggles to achieve nationhood for East Timor.  Great documentary which followed the modern day inception of a nation through the UN and International politics and skulduggery...

The live music and barbe-que rounded off a great last night in Dili beneath the moon and stars with the gang from East Timor Backpackers.  K even managed to get a nice big fat chip butty with mayo...!!  and I got a massively fat burger :)  The music was a mixture of traditional Timor East provincial music and cover versions from some of the younger bands.

Great night and a perfect end to our short but intense stay in Dili.  We loved every moment of it!

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