Java Lava in Exile – 2018

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Report of Java Lava Exiles to Madeira

Sunday 24 – Saturday 30, June 2018

 

Dear Friends of Java Lava,

Karl-Heinz Wäscher, Chairman of Chairmen, has sent the following report.

“32 Java Lavas in Exile met in Madeira’s capital, Funchal, and stayed in the excellent Pestana Casino Park Hotel, designed by the famous architect Oscar Niemeyer.  We had wonderful hikes in the mountains of Madeira along the levadas, and good weather. A special event was the visit to the Pereira D’Oliveira winery and tasting of Madeira wine (thanks to Trevor for the organization).

At the last night’s meeting, Herbert Motz and Gijs Verspyck, who knew Rob Valkhoff for the longest time, gave speeches to the memory of Rob.

Our meeting was completed by the discussion about the next Exiles’ outing. The participants proposed a number of destinations. After a first voting (each attendee could vote for several destinations), a second voting for the first 3 destinations (only 1 vote per person) resulted in a ranking of preferences with Bulgaria being the most prefered.

The Honorary Chairmen will take these results into consideration, with preference to Bulgaria. Based on this, they will finally decide and prepare the outing for 2019.”