The streets are a bit quieter except for the military parade practice outside the Palacio accompanied by street closures.
The old Jardim IDP camp outside Hotel Timor has a bright shiny tin fence encircling it. It also has a developers sign which is a pretty good indication that its days as a park are over. The sign mentions 3 companies : Home Rest International, Diamond Sea Development and Pacific Timor Internet.
There is a new restaurant down at the Metiaut seaside strip – the New Paradise. It appears to be aiming at the higher end and has a sense of permanency about it. It may well be a new incarnation of the old Paradise Balinese restaurant which means involvement by Andy – lately of Hotel Vila Verde.
There is a brand-spanking new white line down the centre of the road from the President’s house right into town (or almost as I don’t think it has quite made it all the way yet).
In Australian Rules football news, the Timor-Leste Crocs defeated the East Dili Eels 8-3-51 to 6-7-43 at the National Stadium. The Crocs crocks sustained moderate injuries with Crocs full-back, Daisy injuring his wrist requiring hospital treatment. Another injury to an Eels player resulted in the Crocs captain switching sides to even up the numbers. The Crocs played like a rabble after that turncoat effort but held on to win thanks to some poor goal kicking by the Eels late in the game.
i am so looking forward having a photo of the ex jardim camp, is anybody willing to put it up somewhere or send it to my email address (easy to track down through the URL provided)?
Oh yes… i miss not having my eyes around Dili!