It came and went. I saw a bit of the opening ceremony but not the lighting of the torch or the guy racing around the top of the stadium. Saw a couple of video clips of sporting events, mostly of smiling faces on podiums collecting medals. Did not see the closing ceremony. Have’nt heard anyone even discuss the Olympics.
A short-term egg shortage appears to have resolved itself. It appeared eggs were unobtainable for about 10 days. I was in a supermarket in Audian a couple of days ago and there was clearly a run on a new egg shipment.
I am not sure how the food distribution system operates but it is obviously all tied up with ship movements. But I remain perplexed that local production of things such as eggs is never enough to meet local demand.
A new ANZ ATM machine is due to open at the airport soon. So it may be possible to obtain cash on arrival in the not too distant future.
An “International Expo” is being held at Mercado Lama over the next few days. There are some tais stalls but for those who have been to the last 2 such events here, it is more a mixed bag with a variety of government departments and some international companies (eg Timor Telecom, CCT, Ensul). Even if you dont think it applies to you, if you look at it from a “getting it together” point-of-view, it is a pretty well put together event. Also tons of plants to buy. Runs from Wednesday (ie yesterday) to Sunday.
The PNTL (ie police) have clamped down on shabby parking and are pinging cars parked on the right-hand side of one-way streets. This has affected parking outside the ANZ Bank, Kmanek Supermarket (ie Cold Storage) and in the small street next to Hotel Timor, in particular. People have reported police removing licence plates and more recently letting down tyres. It appears that one way to avoid “prosecution” is to merely park on the “footpath”. This seems to be OK.
It must be a slow week over at Chateau FOS.