Jan returned to Timor Lestè in September 2011 and was again struck by the beauty of the country and the people living there, but also whilst there are some similarities in terrain and flora, just how different it is to what we have in Australia.

The journey to Ailalec was very challenging.

Even though it is only about 120km from Dili (the capital city of Timor Lestè) a 4WD was required. When that could go no further, they rode Timor ponies to reach the village.

The welcome made it worthwhile.