DILI – DOCKS ‘N’ DIVE

IT WAS AN EARLY FLIGHT FROM DARWIN INTO TIMOR-LESTE. THE FIRST NEW SOVEREIGN STATE OF THE 21 CENTURY

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ONLY 1 HOUR FROM DARWIN – FLYING INTO DILI, TIMOR’S CAPITOL
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6 AM – THE CITY WAS DEFINITELY MORE AWAKE THAN THE AIRPORT

I DROPPED MY STUFF OF AT MY ACCOMMODATION AND WENT TO THE HARBOUR

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FIRST VISIT AT THE HARBOUR – TRYING TO FIND A CUSTOM BROKER

I WAS AFTER A CUSTOM BROKER TO ARRANGE THE PAPERWORK – THIS IS LEGALLY REQUIRED. TRYING TO FIND ONE IS A LITTLE IMPOSSIBLE – AT LEAST I HAVE SEEN EVERY LITTLE HARBOUR OFFICE FROM THE INSIDE AND SAID MERRY CHRISTMAS TO  HALF OF THE PORT EMPLOYEES, THE OTHER HALF WAS SNOOZING AROUND IN THE SHADE

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HE SAYS HE IS A CUSTOM BROKER

EVENTUALLY I FOUND OUT THAT I DO NOT REQUIRE A CUSTOM BROKER TO PROCESS MY APPLICATION AS THIS IS A TEMPORARY IMPORT AND NO CUSTOM BROKER NEEDED. I GUESS THIS MATTER IS JUST UNUSUAL.

THE VESSEL WAS STILL OUT ON THE OCEAN WAITING TO BE WAVED IN TO GET DISCHARGED. PREDICTED ‘TOMORROW AFTERNOON’

AS IT WAS AROUND CHRISTMAS I PREDICTED THAT MY LANDCRUISER IN IT’S BOX WILL NOT LIKELY YET BE DISCHARGED FROM THE VESSEL SO I ARRANGED AN OPEN WATER DIVE COURSE TO HAVE SOMETHING THAT FILLS IN MY WAITING TIME

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FIRST DAY LEARNING IN CONFINED WATERS

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FRUIT AND VEGE FROM DILI’S LOCAL MARKET

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THE NEXT DAY IN THE AFTERNOON – SAW THE VESSEL CREEPING INTO THE PORT – I GUESS HIS PREDICTION WAS NOT QUITE RIGHT

I SPOKE TO THE ‘ESTIBADOR’ WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THE DISCHARGE AND BROUGHT HIM A BOTTLE OF PROOF 80 WILD TURKEY WHISKEY AND TOLD HIM I ESPECIALLY BROUGHT IT FROM AUSTRALIA. HE QUICKLY LOCKED IT AWAY TO NOT BE SEEN BY OTHER WORKERS. I GUESS HE DOESN’T LIKE SHARING MUCH. WE AGREED TO PUT THE CONTAINER TO THE SIDE SO I GOT QUICK ACCESS TO IT. NEW APPOINTMENT TOMORROW MORNING. I HAD A GOOD FEELING THIS TIME

IN THE MEANWHILE I KEPT MYSELF BUSY LEARNING HOW TO BE FISH

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NEMO SELFIE

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OKAY

NEXT MORNING 8 AM –  I FOUND THE MATCHING CONTAINER CODE AND GOT MY CARNET STAMPED BY CUSTOMS. READY TO FREE THE CRUISER

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THE PROBABLY BEST MOMENT OF THIS TRIP SO FAR. I HAVEN’T HAD MY BELOVED CRUISER FOR A FEW WEEKS. MY FIRST CARGO SHIPMENT – SUCCESSFUL. SO RELIEVING TO WELCOME THE TRUCK IN ASIA. LET THE REAL JOURNEY BEGIN

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HERE SHE IS

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LOCAL TRAFFIC
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GETTING USED TO THE LOCAL TRAFFIC – HUNK ‘N’ GO

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DILI ESPLANADA
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LAUNDRY DAY
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BEST COFFEE IN TOWN
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MADE ME SAD TO SEE THAT CRUISER RUSTING AWAY
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KIDS DOING A STREET DANCE PERFORMANCE – I FELT WELCOME
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LOCAL FOOD FROM THE GRILL BY THE BEACH
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PAYMENT IN USD

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DAYTRIP TO CHRISTO DE REI DE DILI – THE WORLD’S SECOND BIGGEST JESUS STATUE WATCHING OVER THE BAY OF TIMORS CAPITOL – DILI

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TRACEY AND HER GANG IN THE CRUISER

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CHRISTO WATCHING OVER DILI

DAYTRIP TO ATAOURO ISLAND – BEAUTIFUL, REMOTE & STUNNING DIVE SITES

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LEAVING DILI BEHIND IN THE EARLY HOURS
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ATAOURO BEACH

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DILI AT NIGHT OUTSIDE OF TIGER FUEL

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