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.

One of the spectacular views from Christo Rei

One of the spectacular views from Christo Rei

Accommodation Couchsurfing
Distance ridden today 0km
Total distance ridden 8,366km