Surprise visit….

It’s the time of the year, when people far away re-consider their plans and take time to come closer to family for the holidays. Not this time though, saddly we will not make a surprise visit to France, not to worry Mum! You don’t have to change the settings around the table nor  to get more food. We have a few more things to purchase, and 4 plane tickets are not part of the plan for this one…. Although we would love to share dinner with you and the family. Ce n’est pas l’envie qui manque!

On the other side of the coin, we have had a few visits from friends in the last two days that we didn’t expect. It all started Sunday morning with a call from Ken and Carole (Owner of the boat we went on to SF), my cell phone illuminated with their name boldly. They are supposed to be in Mexico, and not have a local number anymore! They had decided to come back home during the season, due to previous plan falling apart. What was it? did they want to show off their tan and share with some of us their success so far? Nonetheless we found our friends very relaxed, smiling and enjoying life, not surprisingly it is a good sign in our books…

My first question was what is going on? With his good sense of humor, Ken’s answer was : “You are not going to like it, You should sell your boat now! Only to save you the aggravation of going down the coast!” This followed a great evening  where they explained their new plan to slow down as they want to stay a little longer out there even if life is hard…. Pfffiouf we might not sale Letitgo afterall… and give it a try!

And similarly yesterday during the Holiday potluck from our cruising group, we were surprised with the visit of two experienced sailors/cruisers from the previous fleet. Both with their boat safely docked in Opua New Zealand. Understandably, it was a night of sharing recommendations and few stories shared in a very informal matter. One good sign was that the four of them were smiling in good health and they were all encouraging us to leave the dock. Could it be just a trick to give us a false sense of security ? or just that life is good once you have stepped in the unknown. Damned it we need to try it now, no other solution….

Those were wonderful Christmas times, thank you all for taking the time to answer our questions and sharing your knowledge. We know you have a busy schedule and pressing issues, we look forward to be in the same boat under the tropics!

Island 301th will take us to Java in the Far East, Java is an island of Indonesia. With a population of 135 million (excluding the 3.6 million on Madura which is administered as part of Java), it is the world’s most populous island, and one of the most densely populated regions in the world. It is home to 60% of Indonesia’s population. The Indonesian capital city, Jakarta, is in west Java. Much of Indonesian history took place on Java; it was the centre of powerful Hindu-Buddhist empires, Islamic sultanates, the core of the colonial Dutch East Indies, and was at the centre of Indonesia’s campaign for independence. The island dominates Indonesian social, political and economic life.

Formed mostly as the result of volcanic events, Java is the 13th largest island in the world and the fifth largest island in Indonesia. A chain of volcanic mountains forms an east-west spine along the island. It has three main languages, though Javanese is dominant and is the native language of 60 million people in Indonesia, most of who live on Java. Most residents are bilingual, with Indonesian as their first or second language. While the majority of the people of Java are Muslim, Java has a diverse mixture of religious beliefs, ethnicities and cultures.

The island is divided into four provinces, West Java, Central Java, East Java, and Banten, and two special districts, Jakarta and Yogyakarta.