Salamat Meviakan Hari Natal

That is Bahasa Indonesian for:

Joyeaux Noel
Frohe Weihnachten
Feliz Navidad
Bon Nadal
Merry Christmas

to all of you dear family and friends.

We finally made it and sailed into a small bay surrounded by reefs in Pulau Manggwandi, to the east of Biak Island last night at sunset.
We are still on the northern side of Papua and we still have 350 miles to beat into the westerlies before we reach Raya Ampat.

But today we have spent the day getting Lumbaz ready for Christmas Eve and we will have a nice dinner with Lobster and Yellow fin Tuna sashimi.
We will then head into the village of Manggwandi. No one speaks English here and our Indonesian is below any successful communication capacity.
But everybody is friendly (and very shy) and since they are all Papuans (not Indonesian) they are catholic and we will attend their service tonight.

We look behind into this year and we feel thankful to have had the chance to meet some incredible people and see some amazing places.
Everything has been good and safe, we have had fun times, some challenging ones as well but we are grateful for what we have.

But specially on an evening like this, we long for family and friends, and wish we could be with you. So please, know that we are all thinking about you and wish we could hug you.

We wish you all the best for this Christmas Season and hope to have a chance to see you not too far away in time.

Nils, Noa, Luna, Ainara, Eugenie and Daniel

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9 thoughts on “Salamat Meviakan Hari Natal

  1. Mar December 25, 2015 / 4:43 am

    Feliz Navidad familia viajera!!! un abrazo grande de Yvonnick

  2. Laurie December 25, 2015 / 4:48 am

    Thinking of you all and wishing you a wonderful holiday and continued safe travels. A big kiss from Florida!
    Love, The Curreri’s

  3. álvaro December 25, 2015 / 9:13 pm

    Feliz Navidad,

    La familia Bara Peccolo osdesea unas felices Navidades y un próspero año 2016.

    Un abrazo para todos.

  4. Marianne Prischl December 26, 2015 / 3:48 am

    Os deseamos una muy Feliz Navidad y os mandamos muchos besos y abrazo. Ya nos encantaria celebrar la Navidad con vosotros en Indonesia!!! Bessssssos de Marianne Jorge Sara Laura y Daniel….

  5. Ignasi December 28, 2015 / 8:00 am

    Avui he pres un cafè amb la Cristina. No he arribat per desitjar-vos un bon Nadal, però si que arribo per desitjar-vos un bon any 2016. (Si Dani, ja estem al 2016!)
    ;-D

  6. Lucia January 1, 2016 / 5:48 am

    Guapísima y familia, better late than never: os deseo unas muy felices fiestas y mucha salud para el 2016!! Vosotros ya habéis entrado en 2016! Habéis tomado uvas ;-)? A ver si nos vemos!! Genie, me envías tu dirección d email así t envió felicitación navideña? No encuentro tu email… Muchas ganas d veros.

    • Rick January 2, 2016 / 3:48 pm

      I think you are one word off on your Indonesian. Actually the phrase is “Selamat merayakan hari natal” 🙂

      • lumbazander January 2, 2016 / 5:29 pm

        Thank you very much Rick,
        We are still struggling with our bahasa indonesia, but slowly learning more words. Any help is very welcome!

  7. Mònica January 3, 2016 / 9:35 am

    Molt bon any nou família!! Em sembla que no cal desitjar que estigueu bé, perquè les fotos ja expliquen que esteu súper 😄 Una forta abraçada. Adela, Guido i Mònica

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