Food & Drink :
The staple diet for most East Timorese is
similar to that of Indonesians - rice and spices - although at present
there may be difficulty in obtaining a variety of foods outside main
urban areas due to the unstable political situation, the financial
situation of many of the people and internal logistical difficulties.
In Dili, there is a number of restaurants and cafes serving ‘western’
cuisine, catering to the foreigners living and working there.
Batik and embroidered fabrics in traditional
patterns and colours are a good souvenir buy; others include
woodcarvings and silverwork.
Special Events :
Celebrations of Christian festivals, plus
commemorations of landmark dates in East Timor’s recent independence
are the most common special events (see Public Holidays section).
Social Conventions :
Most social courtesies are
fairly formal. Many conventions will be similar to those of Indonesia
(despite their political and religious differences) and many old East
Timorese conventions will doubtless come to the fore in the coming