14 May 2017
Happy Mother's Day to all my favorite Moms...
Quiet Sunday here, so we decided to check out a new beach. Josephine told us that there is a resort on the east side that for a small fee (100K - $7) you can hang out at their nice little beach, get a lounge chair (under a palapa), towel, soft drink and also use snorkel gear and/or a kayak if you wish...sounds like a deal. It's a little to far to walk so we rented one moto. After finishing yesterdays blog ...we took off. Breve Azurine Lagoon Resort was pretty easy to find. There was actually security (2 young men) at the front gate. We just told them that we wanted to go to the beach and they let us pass. We were waved into the main reception area of a beautiful dark wooden structure and were warmly greeted. When we told their manager where we were staying, he knew that Joyce sent us.
We enjoyed the small beach and tranquil waters for the rest of the afternoon. The lunch menu was simple but tasty and reasonably priced. We had the whole beach to ourselves until about 3pm when another couple wandered down.
Breve Azurine Resort
Looking south from Breve Azurine
Beautiful turquoise waters off the east coast of Karimunjawa
View from the end of the dock
Lovely place to spend the afternoon
A lovely afternoon spent swimming, reading and just talking...about?? "Where will we be off to on our next adventure??"....of course!!!
May 15 2017
Quiet morning....but we did notice on Friday and Saturday,a large number of Indonesian travelers.
Brenda made her way back from Jepara, arriving at 11am on what proved to be a very rocky ferry ride. While waiting for her to get off the boat, we observed more than one person getting off who looked like they had had better days. Brenda told us later that it got so rough that they were handing out sickness bags to everyone as a precaution.
Also, arriving with Brenda were our bags from the Quest Hotel. With the help of Sudar's brother, they had made their way from Semarang.
We sat for a bit and got the highlights of her trip (with Linda and Wayne) to Borbodur and Jogya. It was time to head towards the coffee shop where the 1pm English classes were to be held.
The first day and first groups of the Hello Karimunjawa classes where a little of everything...and everyone. There was a small group of adults, a few local teachers and a small group of children. Since these lessons are being aimed at working adults, children were not expected. BUT...what can you do?? Being the teacher's teacher, Brenda didn't hesitate. The next thing I knew, she had jumped in with both feet and there I was right along with her. For the next hour and a half, it was numbers, basic English words, colors and A, B, C's. The group of nine little girls were like little sponges...they soaked it all in.
Children participating in English Class
Enjoying English Class
Village children enjoying their lesson
With the interest shown from the children, Josephine and Joyce are going to work with local teachers and try and keep this also in their program.
I'd forgotten how tiring teaching can be, especially in the tropical heat and humidity of Karimunjawa. A quick late afternoon nap came as no surprise.
Since Brenda had not eaten at Eat and Meet....and we had also met one of the owners (Butz) at the English Classes (Eat and Meet is one of the sponsors) we headed back there for dinner. While eating dinner, we saw Sudar who told us that Joyce and Josephine were at the coffee shop. The evening classes were scheduled for 730pm and 830pm so Brenda and I wandered over to see how things were progressing. It was encouraging to see two good sized groups. One was a chatty group of high school girls and the other, a slightly more serious group of adult learners but in total about 30 people. For the first day of class, a good turn out.`
May 16 2017
Today will be our last full day in Indonesia. It's about this time in a trip that I start to get antsy. It's not only our last day in Indonesia but the last day of our six week trip. We're pretty much packed and we've made sure that we've paid our bill at Panorama. Joyce did ask, if she could get lobster, would we be interested in grilled lobster tonight. We were both totally in, but Brenda's belly is not so great so she opted out.
Packing has been a bit of a project though. Our flight out tomorrow is on a small twelve seat turbo prop with a free baggage limit of 10K (22.2lbs). I think we'll be ok...not sure about Brenda....
The "Hello Karimunjawa" class started again today at 1pm, with Brenda opting out I made my way down the quiet lane to the temporary classroom area. There was a small group of adults BUT the group of children had grown to about 20. I asked if it was ok if I taught today's lesson and started where we had left off yesterday. Continuing with letters, numbers and colors, I moved on to body parts and a rousing rendition of Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes....evoking laughs and giggles from all the children and a couple of observing adults.
Dinner tonight was very special - fresh spiny lobster in an incredibly delicious chili sauce, enjoyed by a small group: myself, Jims (which is what Jim has now become known as- combination of James + Jim), Brenda, Josephine, Joyce, Sudar and Auguste.
After giving Joyce and Sudar good hearted grief from our first day regarding their map, Jim was presented with a first press edition of their new and improved map.
With my heart feeling very full, I want to say thank you to everyone who has made this trip the absolute joy that it was. It all started with a return visit to Focal Local in Bangkok, continued to Sri Lanka and the special people we met and sites that we experienced, kept going as our adventure took us into the jungles of Kalimantan for our, long awaited Orangutan tour and culminated in the little island of Karimunjawa where I learned to ride a moto, took some time to relax, met some wonderful new friends and hopefully helped a few in the process.
I have a very hard time saying good-bye. There are "always" tears...so I'll just say ......"until we meet again" with every hope that we will meet again in the not too distant future.