December 13th: Very excited to be heading to Langkawi! This will be our home for the next 6 weeks while we have our very special visitors. Kristie and Jessie arrive on the 18th, Brad, Kristie’s boyfriend arrives on Christmas Day. Paul and Tracey Grace (brother from another mother) arrive on the 29th December and Robbie’s Mum Elsie, and sister Gill arrive on the 12th January. So this is a very exciting time for us to be able to see our family and very special friends. We will be in a marina from the 16th December and will use this as a base and do a few trips out to surrounding islands and explore the region.
We departed at 7:00am from Monkey Bay and had a pretty non eventful passage apart from a cruise ship that was drifting sideways off our Port side at 1.4 knots. This is most unusual for a cruise ship, they normally stay under way so that all stabilisation systems are operational. We presumed they had engine trouble but not long after it started to proceed towards Georgetown and it cut between us and Almacantar.
Per came and collected us in his duck and we went over to Oda for a nice cold beer, and some of Elizabeths home made bread, and Norwegian cheese. This was a caramel colour, but very nice! We had a good catch up, and thought of our other travelling companions Peter and Heidi off Stormvogel who will be enjoying the cold weather back in Germany right now.