GETTING AROUND KUPANG

december 2012 019It has been such a long time since we have been able to write here. Apologies for that, but I, Peter, will try to explain. You may have heard that wordpress was attacked by botnets, and that it has not functioned properly as a result of this. However, when this happened, our internet connection was so poor anyway, that we could hardly do anything on the internet…let alone upload photos onto the blog, as we couldn’t even open wordpress. For a few days even, we had internet access for maybe a few minutes each day, then nothing at all. So we went to talk to our internet provider, and they (to cut a long story short) informed us that we actually have access to a much better and faster internet network than what we have been using (we now use that). Why they didn’t tell us this months ago, will forever be a mystery, like with what happened to the Marie Celeste, what came first, the chicken or the egg, and where do all the flies go to in winter (in the northern hemisphere)? But enough on this blog about our blog.

Family 5 travel...count the legs. Plus a little girl on the front.

Family 5 travel…count the legs. Plus a little girl on the front.

We have mentioned before that driving in Kupang is a challenge at the best of times. God has blessed us with a car, which you need to get around here. It is not safe to walk on the pavements…actually there are no pavements where we live. For us as a family of 5, we need a car. However, the local population seem to get around the city using differing modes of transport without too much problem. There are the bemos, a kind of public transport. The well off people will have a car (and usually a driver, and a maid for each child, and a maid to clean the house, and maybe a gardener too-but I’m getting off the point a little). Yet the most common form of transport you will see in Kupang is the moped, or motorbike. And the humble moped can actually be used in so many varying ways. It can be a people carrier, poultry deliverer, hardware carrier; be used to carry bottles of water, bags of cement, ladders, long poles, timber, and many other things. Please take a good look at the photos I have put on here. But don’t worry, we don’t have a moped. Most drivers of mopeds will use a crash helmet…even if it is just to hang on the handlebars, in case they see a policeman. But the passengers very often do not have a helmet, and the children very rarely do. Of course this is very dangerous, and we have seen people fall off or have minor crashes. The only positive here with the traffic is that you very rarley go faster than 40 kmh (around 25 mph).

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Bob the builder?

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Mysterious Jedi knight?

Wet season?...no problem.

Wet season?…no problem.

Chicken run

Chicken run

Cow on truck

Cow on truck

Men on truck

Men on truck

Waiting at the petrol station

Waiting at the petrol station

Could take a while

Could take a while

Our post!

Our post!

Daniel chilling in the heat

Daniel chilling in the heat

 

 

 

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Some weeks ago we got to celebrate christmas again.We knew of some post that had been posted to us from Norway. Well, we finally received it a few weeks ago. This was only after a trip to the post office here, and being quite persistent with them, as they denied that anything had come for us from Europe. Eventually, they found 4 packages to us. Some of those had been posted long before Christmas, way back in September or October. Each thing was very much appreciated. Thank you to those who sent these things.

Bike race

Bike race

As you may see from one of the photos, all 3 of our boys are now biking without stabilisers (støttehjul). Daniel being the youngest was the last to achieve this. It was quite amazing, as he asked us to take off his stabilisers. Then maybe half an hour later, he was biking with no problems. It’s opened up his biking world so much, and he really enjoys biking with his brothers and the rest of the gang in our street. We are very blessed to have a street that is maybe 100 m long which has a gate at the end. This is watched over by security guards, who at times will join in the football matches with the boys.

Playing at the new kindergarten

Playing at the new kindergarten

After Easter, the boys moved to a new building with their school/reception/kindergarten. It is not far from the previous buildings that they went to. And now, Erik is in the same building as Joakim and Daniel, which makes it more convenient for us in dropping them off (even though they’re still finishing at different times).

Now it is only a month until we begin our long journey to England, via Kuala Lumpur. The timing of us getting better internet is very good, as we need it more than ever now to do things in preparation for moving to England. God is with us in all this preparation. Thank you to those who are praying for us in all of our travelling from one side of the planet to the other, and back again (almost).

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3 Responses to GETTING AROUND KUPANG

  1. Frøydis Aars says:

    Kjekt og kjenslig å sjå bilder frå den fantastiske transporten i Asia- me kjenner jo til den…
    De får nyte siste rest av varme dager med gode bad og sykling i kortbuksa!!!
    Veldig bra at de har fått selt hus og bil, og ønsker Guds velsignelse over resten av framtidsplanane. Me er nok mange som syns det er fint at de kjem tilbake til Europa, håper det vert godt for dokke og ungane i England! Er det bestemt kor de skal bu?
    Moster FRØYDIS

  2. Grete says:

    Kjekt å høre fra dere igjen! Lykke til med reiseforberedelsene 🙂
    Mvh Grete

  3. Inge Tappel says:

    Lykke til med reisen mot Europa og England.
    Her vente me veldig på litt vår og varme …
    Borgny og Inge

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