Smiling in West Timor May 1st 2015 In Indonesia it is as if everyone smiles...and in West Timor laughs and waves. If you are in a car it is like being the Queen. As you drive pass everyone, yes literally everyone, who sees you are a Westerner, smile and wave and shout 'How are you, mister'. 'Leko-leko' I learnt to reply in the local Dawan ('I'm fine') as I smiled and waved back. A smile goes a long way when there is no common langu ... read more
Asia » Indonesia » Timor The Dutch began to colonize Indonesia in the early 17th century; the islands were occupied by Japan from 1942 to 1945. Indonesia declared its independence after Japan's surrender, but it required four years of intermittent negotiations, recurring hos... ... read more
Jem and Jane travelled across Europe and Asia in 2014/15 and documented our experiences. We finally got to New Zealand in June 2015.
We are now traveling in Patagonia for six weeks and are going back to Argentina where I started this travel blog in 2006.... full info