Would I be my giant sooky self if I didn’t make an ambitious list of final things to do before I leave Timor-Leste?
I made a similar list at the end of the the year-ish I spent living in Melbourne — a long, thorough, and consulted list, peppered with suggestions from friends who loved and lived that city. You can read it here.
As we roll into March and my 10 April return to Australia looms close and real, I’ve set myself the task of writing a Timor-Leste to-do list: not to be too prescriptive or panicked about my last few weeks here, but to ensure I’m making the most of the precious time I still have here; to focus my vagrant, flighty attention on the present and to live, fully, here, for five more weeks — five more full, wonderful, intentional weeks.
Here’s what I’m setting myself to.
My Timor-Leste bucket list
- Drink the expensive $18 wine from Centro
- Buy bakso, or whatever it is, from the maun with the honking cart
- Visit Ossu
- Buy hot bread at night from Padaria Brasão
- Ferment cabbage
- Make pickles
- Go to Covalima
- Dive the Pinnacle again
- One last Back Beach snorkle
- Hike to Dare
- One last Beachside brunch
- Actually buy one of those wooden crocodile toys from the Beachside boys
- Return to Oecusse by road
- Drink tap water at Palm Springs
- Buy green pancake snecks from the Colmera bakery
- Drink coffee in Railaco
- Clear out my blog post drafts
- Final Jesus, final Horta Loop
- Lunch wine at Hotel Timor
- Drink a nice cocktail in a nice dress at sundown at Hotel Timor
- Read Beloved Land again
- Make playdough with the neighbours’ kids
- Buy plants from Manleuana Market
- Get a tais dress made
- Prepare a Tetun goodbye speech
- Battle Timor bureaucracy to get a police clearance
- Panic-shop for tais at Things + Stories
- Cry in the airport Hungry Jack’s before my flight home.
Suggestions welcome! If you live in Timor-Leste, love this country, or feel you know better than I do what I like doing here from reading this blog, let me know what I should do before I head off. (Message me on Instagram or Twitter if that’s easy; or send me an email).