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Yet another early start and an early flight but this time it was our last flight until the end of the phase, we flew with Sriwijaya Airlines down to Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste. The flight took about 1 hour 40 minutes but Dili time is one hour ahead of Bali time. After we passed through Immigration and Customs we met up with Laca, one of our original Jets*.

* When the project began in 2009 we had four Timorese students on the team. Since their leader was called Benny they were naturally known as Benny and the Jets after the Elton John song. Five years later they have all graduated and most are working while Benny completed a Masters at the University of Sydney. Their other commitments mean that they are only occasionally able to join us in the field. Laca was fortunately available to join us for Phase IX

.We relocated to our usual base, the Timor Lodge Hotel, only five minutes from the airport, and checked in, organised our vehicle hire and located the container containing the kit we leave out here between phases. We took a run into Dili so the students could see the capital and we could pick up some essential supplies.

The entrance to the Timor Lodge Hotel,
Renlo car hire on the left (pink) and TLH office on the right (yellow)
Our chalets, newly painted blue
34 (girls), 35 (boys) and 36 (professors)
Hinrich delivering the first impromptu Timor lecture to (from H clockwise) Kaitlin (Katie), Ruby, Jose, Kim (on floor), Caitlin (back for her 8th time, back to camera), and Justin.

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