Saying Goodbye to the Expats in Jepara

As a friend in Jepara had told me how good the postal service was in Indonesia, a legacy from the Dutch i think, i had sent my new credit cards onto their address so i had to return there to pick them up. I had always intended to spend my last weekend there i just had to bring it forward by a week as i needed to meet the boat sooner rather than later. I met up with the crowd again for a weekend of banter, Bintang and boat talk. One couple whom i had met whilst sailing, Paul and Maureen from South Africa, had decided to stay in Jepara for a while as they were going to get their boat refurbished as labour was cheap and as the guys were now building boats and water slides in fibreglass, there were people there with the right amount of knowledge. They had been living aboard their boat Calypso for 10 years during their circumnavigation, only the Indian crossing to go before heading back to South Africa. It must have felt strange for them being back in a house after all this time .

I said goodbye to the expats of Jepara again and vowed to return in the future during another visit of Indonesia. I got a lift to the airport in Semerang and flew to the island of Batam south of Singapore.

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