I returned to Jepara and had enough money to get a taxi to the ATM i had used before, PHEW – i was back in the money !!
I knew that the boat i had been sailing on before was coming back to Jepara as they had gone north over the top of Borneo and were heading back down through Sulawasi. They were going to arrive that week along with the South African couple on sailing vessel Calypso, to my surprise they were already there and we met on the friday night at the Jepara Marina Sailing club, not far off a year from the dinner we had all together when we left last time. It was good to be amongst my sailing friends again, they were all still enjoying their trip, Paul and Maureen had celebrated 10 years of living and travelling on their boat in the last few weeks, only another 1 or 2 years to go before returning to South Africa and completing their circumnavigation !! Lots of socialising, barbeques and beers were had that weekend, some at Petes house and some at Robs. The obligatory mucking about with boats on the sunday happened and all was right with the world.
One of my main reasons for returning to Indonesia was to do some more diving down at Labuan Bajo, Flores at Komodo National Park. It really is a stunning area and as it is a protected area sea life exists in abundance. I had to move on as i had already spent two weeks at my first stop in Indonesia so had to get some flights booked to Flores via Bali.