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....Until we meet again!!!!

But - never "good-bye"

sunny 95 °F

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

Breve Azurine Resort

Looking south from Breve Azurine

Looking south from Breve Azurine

Beautiful turquoise waters off the east coast of Karimunjawa

Beautiful turquoise waters off the east coast of Karimunjawa

View from the end of the dock

View from the end of the dock

Seaside warnings

Seaside warnings

Lovely place to spend the afternoon

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.

Hello Karimunjawa

Hello Karimunjawa

Children participating in English Class

Children participating in English Class

Enjoying English Class

Enjoying English Class

Village children enjoying their lesson

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.

Posted by pjburke 06:05 Archived in Indonesia Tagged hello karimunjawa Comments (1)

Off to the Islands

Karimunjawa, Java

sunny 93 °F

07 May 2017....continued

Flight back to Semarang was a little bumpy but not too bad. Arif had arranged for a driver to take us to Jepara where we stayed the night at the Gecho Inn and then took the ferry to Karimunjawa. (Gecho Inn....$33 per night - breakfast included....very nice.)

08 May 2017

Getting the ferry tickets was a little tricky. We will be staying at Panorama Guesthouse and the owners - Joyce and Sudar- helped...a lot. First we have to fill out an info sheet (on line) and then Joyce would find out if there were seats available. Then we had to transfer funds to "Transferwise" (similar to Paypal). When the funds were received, the tickets would be bought in Jepara by Sudar's brother who would then meet us at the harbour and give us the tickets...Follow??? It actually worked like clock work.

Fast Ferry

Fast Ferry

The ferry from Jepara

The ferry from Jepara


We arrived at the harbour - got our tickets and were on the 0900 Fast Ferry (2 hours) to Karimunjawa.

Tourists.....

Tourists.....

Arriving at the port

Arriving at the port


Arriving at 1100, we were met by Sudar and Joyce the owners of Panorama and Happinezz Hostel. It was a two minute van ride to Panorama, which is their new (about 3 weeks) guesthouse.

Panorama Guesthouse

Panorama Guesthouse

Breakfast being made at Panorama by Farid

Breakfast being made at Panorama by Farid

The View that got me

The View that got me

Bathroom in Panorama

Bathroom in Panorama

Rooms at Panorama

Rooms at Panorama


Karimunjawa is a actually a series of small islands off the north coast of Java Indonesia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karimunjava

New to the tourist route, we found out about it from a photo in Lonely Planet and thought that it would be a nice place to visit. We decided that Happinezz Hostel would be a nice place to stay but when Wayne and Linda were able to make the trip, Joyce suggested we move to their new guesthouse where there would be three A/C rooms.

The island is simple but very comfortable. We walked into the gathering area of Panorama and saw the beautiful Java Sea in front of us and I immediately wondered out loud, "maybe we can stay here a little longer".

The five of us got settled in our rooms. Brenda, Jim and I sat down for a serious discussion. Would we really want to stay a few more days?? A couple of things had to happen to make that work. We would have to get our baggage from Quest hotel in Semarang and we would have to see how we could get to Bangkok for our flight out on the 18th.

Off we went for the 15 minute walk through town to discuss the possibilities with Joyce. Happinezz is a nine room hostel on the other side of town and they also have a small cafe. When we arrived we were all bit hungry but the cafe closed at 2pm and the lady that cooks for them had gone home for the afternoon. Not to worry, if it was simple, Joyce or Sudar would cook for us. That should have been a clue. This lovely couple continued to go out of their way to help us with our plans. Joyce said that there is a flight Monday and Wednesday from the small airport on the island to Surabaya. From there, we could get flights to Bangkok. Regarding the baggage, they put in a call to Quest hotel, which would actually involve a couple of calls but that ended up working out too.

Joyce and Sudar

Joyce and Sudar


The other concern for the three of us was the cost. Bangkok, though not expensive, is more expensive than this small island. So, even with the changes, we might actually come out ahead. I had also planned on doing some shopping in Bangkok. That will not happen here, maybe a t-shirt or two but not really much else to buy.

Lunch was tasty and before we left we asked Joyce to get us motos for tomorrow so that we could explore the island a bit and get to Sunset Beach.

So much for one day had my head spinning. Linda and Wayne headed to the fish market for dinner while Brenda, Jim and I crashed.

Posted by pjburke 22:16 Archived in Indonesia Tagged karimunjawa Comments (1)

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