Greetings from Wamena! We have entered our 5th month of living here.
Many things have already become familiar, many things are still new.
We just want to share some of the highlights of the last months.
~ We love to hike in the weekends
~ JJ loves flying with the PAC airplane and went solo in May
~ 3 of our kids celebrated their birthdays
~ A new dog was given to us by our neighbours, and unfortunately was stolen out of our garden last night (so we think)
~ Another cat was given to us by departing missionaries
~ Jaap-Jan and Jonathan went to Jakarta where JJ had to renew his FAA medical papers. They combined this with doing some fun father/son things
~ Willeke rides all over Wamena with 3 and sometimes 4 kids on her scooter
~ JJ is busy helping Lentera in financial/administrative things
~ We visit collegues at home
~ Hang out with other expats
~ Cook and bake a lot as we still need to make many things by ourselves
~ Homeschool our kids a little here and there
~ Have almost finished painting our guestroom (the last room to be painted in the house)
~ Try to sleep at night despite the 20-or so neighbour dogs around us, roaring motor engines and prayers from the Mosque
~ Try to continue to learn the language
~ Hang out with our neighbours
~ Have our 3rd gardener, and he, Pak Martinus (wife and kids died, a lonely elderly man), was the first one to come back after his pay for the first month
~ Continue to be so thankful for our Ibu Mendia who is a great help in- and around the house and is our spontanious language tutor
~ We write blogs, do Facebook updates, send pictures to our family
~ We have kids that live in our neighbourhood come play in our garden and in the house
~ We go to the library at the international school
~ And do heeps of other things!
We sure keep busy!
Cleaning out 1 of the 4 1000 liter watertanks for our showering, washing and drinkwater filtering
JJ went solo!
Visiting collegues in the beautiful mountains of Papua
On the scooter with three kids