On the weekend, I whipped out to the Doulos to check out the floating bookshop – the huge ship docked at Dili Wharf and attracting hordes of schoolchildren. To be honest, the whole thing was over in 30 minutes. About 1/3 of the books were religious tomes or advice on how to rear children and husbands. The second 1/3 was children’s books and the rest, a mixture of classics, nature books and cookbooks. What I did notice was that sales were next to nothing. That is, most of the books were in English and very few students would have even the most simple knowledge and possibly no money anyway. (And there is no public bar on-board.)
One could not have noticed the 2 or 3 commercial freight vessels hanging around offshore for the week. This is unusual but explained by the Doulos occupying prime dock space.
I paid for scoffing at this costly arrangement by going to the bank today and spending 36 minutes in the queue to attend to my 3 minute over the counter transaction.
I hope I do not pay again courtesy of yet another “Indian” restaurant opened up. The “Flavors of India” has opened about 100 metres on the sea-side of Vasco da Gamas restaurant. The proprietor is Nepalese and tells me he is still in the setup phase but expects to be fully kitted up in about 2 weeks. He assures me he does not use oil and that this is healthy Indian food. In the interests of random-ness, give it a try. It is open, quiet and airy and suggests lunchtime is a good time to start. (Tiger beer is $2 and cold.)
The fruit and veg markets on Comorro road have now finally completely moved – mostly to the old Comorro market area which extends from Comorro Road towards the sea for about 200 metres. Pumpkins finished, papaya hard to find (except out near Liquica), plenty of bananas, mangos, potatos, limes, tomatoes and greens. Beans OK, as are snow peas.