A Travellerspoint blog

January 2009

So much time to do... nothing, really

Tuesday 6th - Thursday 8th January, 1 month, days 21-23

So, this is what happens when you *live* overseas, as opposed to travelling and cramming in all the sights and sounds you can, and you *aren't* working fulltime and studying part time...

On Tuesday and Wednesday I spent an inordinate amount of time on intarwebs catching up on emails etc and cursing stupid USB key which wouldn’t work; also, mourning all the things I planned to do while Matt was away but didn’t get to as was lying around house trying to will myself get better. On Thursday, Matt returned and slept all day due to having spent all night in Darwin airport. I didn’t care, as hanging around the house with someone else, even someone else who is asleep, is a lot more fun than on your own, especially when still recovering from Death Illness.

...I would say 'it's just like life back home', except back home I cram in as many social engagements and dancing events as I possibly can, so perhaps this is more holiday-like than I thought. Anyway, I did vow not to take on any projects this summer (because last summer I took on way too many extra projects and it was very stressful when uni started again and the projects hadn't finished).

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Little thoughts

Small pleasures: synchronising all my timepieces – my watch, my two mobiles, my computer, Matt’s computer – so that they read the same time (within about 10 seconds, anyway). It’s possible I’m completely mad, but I’m happy with it, so there.

Now if I could only get my hands on Matt’s watch and *his* two mobiles when he gets back... *schemes*

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Tired of the wet season? Wishing those daily thunderstorms and showers would just go away for a day or two? Just need to see some sun?

Do I have the solution for you! Just get so sick you can’t leave the house! The rain will flee and you will say, ‘Wet season? Wet season, my arse!’.

(Yes, I’ve been sick since Saturday and it hasn’t rained at all since then. I just want it to rain while I am stuck in the house once! Just once! It would feel so much less like I couldn’t be somewhere else having fun!)

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Monday 5th January - 1 month, 20 days

Still sick. Went to doctor. I have giardia, yay. Better than malaria, though!

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Sunday 4th January - 1 month, 19 days

Yesterday was awesome fun – up until I got sick in the evening – so I choose to write about it today, rather than yesterday, as I really did have a great day and I don’t want to minimise that. I spent a pretty miserable night, improving a little bit, but I seem to get new and different symptoms of whatever my illness is all the time.

Because *no one* is here – not my flatmates, not Matt, not the country manager, not Libby and George – and because I couldn’t find our holiday contact (it was in my email... which of course I couldn’t get to), I called our emergency health assistance number, who were helpful and suggested that if I didn’t feel sick enough to go to hospital, I could probably wait and see at home. I didn’t feel very sick then so I opted for home. Of course, later I got worse, but seeing I fell asleep and then woke up to feel merely sick again (as opposed to really sick) I am glad that I opted for home – I don’t think they could have done much for me at the hospital, they just would have sent me back home to rest.

So I’m going to survive here at home – our one lot of friends who haven’t gone away very kindly got me some groceries this morning, even though one of them is sick too – until tomorrow when the doctor’s surgery opens again (normally there are three doctors in town I could see, but naturally, two of those are also away).

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A great day :)

Saturday 3rd January - 1 month, 18 days

I had awesome fun today! I went to the tais market in the morning and bought many tais. Ok, two. What is a tais? It is a traditional form of woven material, done by women, usually with gorgeous bright clashing colours (some are more muted). I bought one for a blanket for our bed (they’re pretty light), and another for myself with my Christmas money from Patrick (thanks dude, it is super cool).

I was the only person in the whole market apart from sellers and their families. Although the market is small, probably about twenty stalls, all selling tais, bags, trinkets and silver jewellery, as a malae I really stood out. I felt bad I couldn’t buy something from everyone, but apart from not having enough money, they really all sell pretty much the same stuff.
My favourite stall was the one where the woman running the stall was breastfeeding her baby at the same time as she was trying to sell something to me. Catch that happening in Australia! The woman would be run off the street, there would be outraged comments in the media about how ‘disgusting’ it was, etc.

I also had a lovely chat with a young guy called Linu, in Indonesian, and another with a guy called Carlos. My conversational Indo is fine, broken but fine – why oh why was I not taught BUSINESS Indonesian at school or university, though? It’s all very well to say ‘Yes I am from Australia, I learnt to speak Indonesian at school, yes some schools teach Indonesian in Australia’ but I need to USE this language. Tetum too. (This fact about Indonesian, that I learnt it in Australia, is always met with incredulousness by Timorese – I do hope that it’s because they simply think we are all dummies who can only speak one language and not because it’s further evidence that we colluded in the oppression of their country with Indonesia.)

And then – and then! – I discovered the pirated dvd* store... that is, one that has actual recent releases! I have avoided them disdainfully up until now, because they seem to have such a poor selection. But I spent $9.50 on 6 dvds to catch up on all the movies I wanted to see over the last two years, but missed because I was too busy. So I had a movie afternoon on my own and it was great fun. :)

  • Apologies to anyone who feels this is wrong... I'm afraid that my moral qualms on this are very low, given that I can't easily get legit dvds posted into the country, I don't have any other options in country and I didn't have a large dvd collection to start with.

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