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We headed out the following morning after calling back into the Maliana station and giving the Traffic Chief 1.5 hours training on how to complete the weekly traffic statistical return.  Sadly at the end of the week he demonstrated his total lack of understanding of what we had covered but that is a different story and one that will keep me perplexed for several months I’m sure.

 

We had arranged to me Mike and Ewen at the Batu Gade border patrol post.  Batu Gade is a small village a few hundred metres from the Indonesian border.  As I have mentioned earlier I believe it is the proximity of Bobonaro District to Indonesia that has meant the death and destruction these people saw was much higher than further East but I have still seen so little of this great country my assumption could be wrong and other Timorese districts may show signs of equal violence.

 

Our plan was to cross the border and have lunch.  It is a common practise of those working around here so when we all met at the post a call was put through to the Indonesian border police and they came to escort us across.  We exchanged stories and had some coffee and donuts at a local indo café before saying our good byes and heading back across the border.

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Beach at Batugade
Beach at Batugade
Border marker
Border marker
Gateway to Mota ain, Indonesia
Gateway to Mota ain, Indonesia
Mota Ain border police (Indonesia)
Mota Ain border police (Indonesia)
Mota Ain cafe
Mota Ain cafe
Indonesian side of the gate (Mota …
Indonesian side of the gate (Mota…
Shopping near Botugade
Shopping near Botugade
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