I must have lost a couple of litres of sweat as I walked up the steps to Christo Rei, the 27m tall statue of Jesus standing on a globe and spreading his arms over the water towards Dili. At the top I tried to talk to some local youths but only managed a very broken conversation. On my way back down I visited the Jesus Backside Beach for a swim. Back at the bottom another group of youths came by. One spoke English well and wanted me to try my Tetun. I think I satisfied him enough for him to accept me as a friend and not as an ignorant tourist. He wanted a photo with me. I asked if I could get a copy, so I handed my phone over and let him fiddle with it so that it could receive the photo by Bluetooth. I returned home hot and bothered and spent the early afternoon progressing Newsletter 3. At about 4pm I jumped on my bike and rode to Timor Plaza to meet up with a Timorese guy called Antonio, to organise a Tetun lesson. Come Saturday I hope to learn some key phrases to help me during my ride around the island.
|Distance ridden today||0km|
|Total distance ridden||8,366km|