Practical tips for living in Dili

Over the two-ish years I’ve been writing on this blog, I’ve covered topics from anxiety and anorexia to Dili market shopping, catching microlets, and what to do when work forgets to invite you to the workshop.

As I’ve mentioned several times, I started this blog partly to record my new life abroad for friends and family back home in Australia, but also because in the months before I moved I trawled Timor-Leste expat blogs in earnest, trying to untangle and imagine what my new life here might look like.

Information was sparse, outdated, and often hard to come by (although I did uncover some wonderful Timor-Leste blogs in my searching), so many of the posts I wrote here were with my past self in mind: the information and reflection I wished had been available for me at the time I was nervously preparing to depart.

Now, two years on, I’m preparing to leave Timor-Leste. I’m not sure what will happen to this blog — it’ll stay live and here, but I’m not sure how frequently or if at all I’ll post after leaving — but I wanted to organise some practical tips for the people who come to this blog seeking information and hard advice over dreamy reflection and fretting.

Here we go.


Arriving in Dili
Everyday life in Dili
Working as a foreigner in Dili
Language and learning Tetun
Expat feelings
What the Australian Volunteers program is like


Still got a burning question I haven’t yet covered? Feel free to give me an email or a message and ask.

4 responses to “Practical tips for living in Dili”

  1. That’s so helpful! Thanks 🙂


    1. 🙂 🙂 I’m so glad!


  2. […] in learning Tetun. Two different birthday cakes, two different years. A cheesy Timor soundtrack. Tips for living in Dili. Tips for driving in Dili. On two years living in Timor-Leste. The list to complete before I […]


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