Letters of Life

Month: December 2012

My 2012

Since sixteen, I’ve kept a diary. The current one is a cloth-bound journal with lined pages, which I turned back to read almost a year’s worth of entries, picking out what I thought were highlights of a year in a life. These highlights come with related posts, and I hope you’ll read them if you… Read More ›

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A Christmas Memory

Driving home for Christmas, With a thousand memories . . . Chris Rea, Driving Home For Christmas (1998) Christmas has always come not with presents, but with a lot of baggage. Absent parents in my youth meant a silent house, no plans for turkey dinners, always relying on the kindness of aunts and uncles to… Read More ›

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Seven Days in Timor Leste (Part 3): Parting Shots

Save the best for last. There’s more to Timor Leste than most of the world knows right now. It’s a third world country, remote, often overlooked because it’s at the edge of the eastern archipelago of Indonesian islands. It’s not a must-go destination even for the intrepid among us. Mongolia, Peru and the Galapagos Islands… Read More ›

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Seven Days in Timor Leste (Part 2): Time with the Students

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Seven Days in Timor Leste (Part 1): A Day At The Market

Organic fruits and vegetables from the mountain are brought down by the farmers on vans like this one, to sell in the villages once a week. In a Timorese village in the district of Liquiçá, you can find anything from live pigs to tobacco to seaweed freshly caught off the coast. Comments? The urban experience of… Read More ›

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A Whole New World

Liquiçá, Timor-Leste — Being in a young country like Timor-Leste feels so new it’s like being in a big field of grass and watching, watching. For what, nobody can quite say. In conversation with the young Timorese, I tell them that their country has much potential to become a magnet for jaded travellers, for people… Read More ›

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