Yep I live in Kupang and I just had a road trip in Timor Island in my 22 years of age! Cheers to that.
Well when I was still in college - you know, those days when you can only dream of travelling -, and I did dream of travelling when I have enough money. So this trip was sort of selfproofing stuff. Besides, I get to see the Island.
This trip took 6 days and 5 nights, 3 regencies, 2 motorbikes, several places to visits, and plenty of relatives to be contacted for free meal and free place to stay.
So let me begin with I did not travel alone with my boyfriend, there were 3 of us. So throw away your negative thoughts.
First Stop : Soe
So, which places in Soe that i havent visited? Most of them. Yeah, right. Binaus Forest, checked. Kilo 12, Checked. Oehala waterfall, checked. Those are the famous. But if you have more guts to climb Mutis Mountain, well honey you are the real traveller! ‘Cause I haven’t. The nearest place I’ve been to Mutis Mountain is Fatukoto Lake, which is very
famous as well. But, the scenery is worthed the damage to my bike. No, I mean, the beautiful scenery worths the backpain I felt when I arrived home.
To be honest, the view is astonishing. It chilled my nerves down. Everything was green and how the wind breezed, made everything so peacefull. It made me forgot the exhaustion of stopping each time we saw crossroads and had to stop and asked for directions from locals.
Roads are awefull. I always wanted to go to Mutis Mountain you know. But thinking about the road made me rethink it twice.
During this trip we did visited Oehala waterfall, Kilo 12 and Binaus Forest. This was because my friend had not visited these places before. Kilo 12 left awesome memories. We just laid there on grass until the sun set. Took so many pictures (we have two cameras). The wind was strong and cold. We were at the edge of a cliff so we were pretty much carefull with our steps. So with that wind so strong and the land so high, no, you dont wanna fall down there.
Binaus Forest is just another forest people would see at
the street. It’s a forest of mahogany trees that – according to my cousin - was planted since the occupation of Dutch. All the trees ought to be planted, they did not grow on their own. It has a straight lines. I mean all trees were planted in straight lines. If you stood in one point and you looked in front of you, all trees are aligned, and when you looked right and left, all trees are aligned too. It’s weird but it made such an awesome photographic composition.
We spent 3 days and 2 nights in Soe.
Second Stop : Kefamenanu
We left Soe by afternoon and arrived at Kefamenanu at afternoon too, it took two hours. We spent the night at my grandmother’s house, and left for Atambua at the next morning. That was it.
Kefamenanu. Well is it just me or were there no places to visit at Kefamenanu? We know Tanjung Bastian Beach, but that beach is closer to Atambua than Kefamenanu, plus my aunt scared me about the dificult road from Kefamenanu to that beach, and is easier for us to get there if we go there from Atambua.
Photo by : Neky Nitbani
So there we go, we left Kefamenanu without visited any places.
Third Stop : Atambua
First time here in Atambua! *cheers*. Men this town is big. It really is. And, boy, trusting Google Map in this such a remote area is a big mistake! I got lost and broke some traffic law.
When we arrived at Atambua, we headed to my boyfriend’s house. His parents’s, to be exact. Then someone mentioned the idea of visiting the waterfall. So we went there.
MauHalek waterfall. Huge waterfall. I just hope can someone please build stairs or safer pathways. It scared the hell out of me, looking at the path we should take to to the waterfall. But I made it and I made it safely. So we took many pictures. Some of my friends decided to get wet. Which was a bad decision, i guess, things get really cold afterward.
The next day we went to Tanjung Bastian beach. The view though. It’s different. I mean, it might not be all green, but sometimes brown gives you nice view too. It has that being-in-Texas sort of feeling. It’s brown, i mean all the grass are
brown. Dead. Dried up. But in distance we saw that shades of blue and green. It’s just, pretty.
You know those moments when you thought to yourself that being an adult is somewhat awesome? That you got to do your own decision? I had those moment when I was on my road trip.
Nope, the story isn’t over yet. We arrived at the beach. We were completely alone. Just three of us. So we rambled around the beach. Then we got hungry. It was lunch time and we did not packed ourself lunch. We decided to hit the main road and tried to find any place that sell food.
Nope, couldn’t find any. We noticed people sold fish though. Let’s get crazy. I thought to myself. So we bought fish. Too many fishes. Why? Because we did not have rice with us, people. And we were hungry. We asked the mama who sold the fish to clean the fish. Headed back to the beach, made fire, cooked the fish, ate them like a cavemen. Somehow i got the feeling of that survival show on TV, except that we did not caught the fish, we bought it. Yet
another lesson I gained: carry a knife on a trip. Usefull in so many levels, you know.
We got our energy back, headed back to Atambua, and we had a night trip on the town.
The day after was the last day of the trip. Prepared ourselves to head back to Kupang from Atambua. I got so exhausted anyway.
Has anybody ever asked you this : Did you sleep at the parking lot? Did you ride a truck with pigs on it?, when you told them that you travel?
People asked me that. well, people, to be honest I did not and i am not interested in that idea. Travelling doesn’t equal suffering, men. The fact that travelling doesn’t have to be expensive, I agree. But it has to be convenient as well.
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