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Uatolari Polce Station

We hit the road (and I use the term road very, very loosely) at about 7.30am, heading South East to Uatolari.  If I thought the potholes were a curse yesterday, I now realised all Bear’s postulating was on the money.  These weren’t potholes, they were craters!

 

The distance between Viqueque and Uatolari is 36km.  Bear set a cracking pace and we reached the station just 1.5 hours later. 

 

I was still happy to gaze out the window.  This sub-district is terrific.  A step into National Geographic and I found myself wishing we were tourists rather than employed.  Had I been travelling on my own I would have stopped for photographs every 30 seconds I’m sure.

Toilet and bathroom straight off kitchen

 

At the station I was introduced to the 5 UNPOL staff members and two of the three Language Assistants.  Names never being my strong point meant when we left a few minutes later to drop off my bags and scrub up, I just had faces and countries in my head.  Two Pilipino, two Jordanians, and the three Timorese LAs make up our UNPOL staff.

 

Home is a rented house behind a shop.  The compound is secure.  The shop owner runs a couple of trucks from town to Dili with supplies on a regular basis so has a workshop, a few storage sheds, a couple of dwelling houses and 6 flats within the compound.  It’s a pretty sweet place but we still suffer the shortcomings of the Forgotten District; 6 hours power each evening and no phones or mobile/internet coverage.

 

I had the day off as a travel day so I hung around the house unpacking.  After lunch Dave and Phil arrived from Vqq.  We’d planned to visit the waterfall this afternoon.    

 

When the two Portos got here we hit the trail to the falls.

Brilliant!
  I was thinking it was just up the road but in Uato-speak “just up the road” means an hour and a half.  When we got to the area and parked we had an 800m walk along an irrigation track before we reached the spot.  By this stage we had aroused the curiosity of ½ dozen boys.  I’ve mentioned before that 80% of Timorese are under 25.  Children are as prolific as chickens in this country!

 

Wow!  The swimming hole was spectacular!  I can’t say enough about how great the water was.  Crystal clear, refreshing, and constantly replaced via a thundering waterfall. 

 

I was the first one in and although it was “teste shrinking” initially, once I was swimming I revelled in the fact I no longer felt hot and sticky from the humidity and 32C air temperature.  This was definitely going to be a weekly event.

 

After a good swim I got out and took a few photographs.  The boys were still hanging around so I snapped a few shots of them.

Swimming at the waterfall
  At first they were suspicious but when I showed them the image on the rear of my camera they couldn’t pose enough.  I had moved to the next level of acceptance and my Community Oriented Policing had begun.

 

During my next swim I decided to try getting up the rocks but they were too slimy from the water spray.  Instead I settled for swinging into the water from a couple of vines.  It was great fun but some of the lads were heftier than I and one of our vines was not up to the task.

 

We finished the day with a bbq at our house then they all shot off back to Vqq before Bear and I called it a day.

 

I was a little apprehensive as I recalled the roosters of Vqq last night.  I hoped it was not going to be another experience of horny cocks up all night.  I hit the bed and quickly drifted off to the sound of the diesel generator.  Except for the lizard (or huge rat maybe) moving in the ceiling, I heard very little until 6am.

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Uatolari Polce Station
Uatolari Polce Station
Lounge
Lounge
Toilet and bathroom straight off k…
Toilet and bathroom straight off …
Brilliant!
Brilliant!
Swimming at the waterfall
Swimming at the waterfall
Local boys
Local boys
Local boy.
Local boy.
Say Cheese!
Say Cheese!
Shower instruction:
1. fill plast…
Shower instruction: 1. fill plas…
My creature comforts
My creature comforts
Patrol vehicles and village main r…
Patrol vehicles and village main …
Uatolari
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