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TIMOR-LESTE (Dili District, mainland)



We had our tickets for the Berlin Nakroma ferry to Ataúro Island, we had been told we had reservations on the car-deck for our two Troopies, we had our rooms booked at Barry's Place on Ataúro and we knew to arrive at the dock in Dili at 07:30 to board the vehicles and then the passengers. What could go wrong (apart from the fact it was raining very very heavily and had been for most of the night) ?

We arrived at the dock to find loading of the ferry in full swing. In fact, it was almost completed with passengers standing in the car deck as a pick-up reversed up the ramp. We waited for our turn to drive the two Troopies up the ramp, only to be informed there was no room left, our car reservations appeared to have been of the phantom kind, and clearly someone had arrived even earlier and taken our allocated places on the ferry. We could still travel as foot passengers but after several previous visits to Ataúro we had learned that bringing our own transport was essential for successful fieldwork.

There was nothing we could do, the ferry only goes to Ataúro on a Saturday and we were going over on one Saturday and coming back on the next. Clearly Ataúro was off the schedule for Phase VIII whether we liked it or not. To add insult to injury, there is no mechanism to return the passenger tickets and get a refund!

So it was back to the TLH to replan the fieldwork destination for the following week.

The Berlin Nakroma loading in the rain,
but there is no room for us on this Ark
Back at the TLH
Modelling the lastest rainproof fashions for ladies
(l-r) Britta, Claudia & Julia

One interesting turn-up that evening was that Sven captured a juvenile Timor monitor lizard (Varanus timorensis) within the TLH compound.


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