We were welcomed by some of the local Timorese people dancing a traditional cultural dance.
Textile and rug making factory
Kupang Cultural Museum
We were driven in our buses, past some very colourful buildings and constructions , run-down and poor shacks, and shops and stalls, selling a wide variety of locally produced food and goods to the local population.
When we reached Lasiana Beach, we were greeted with the wonderful banner that is illustrated opposite, welcoming us to the beach. Music was being played, and many local people had turned out to welcome us, and to have a good time dancing, and to enjoy the afternoon in a spirit of carnival.
First we were treated to a display of Palm tree climbing in the traditional way, by an incredibly agile young man, who made this well practised skill look very easy. The young man gathered some fruit from the very top of the tree before shinning back to the ground. We were able to enjoy the fruits of his efforts whilst we sat and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon entertainments.