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Battye Family’s Travel Diary

Saturday, 08 Mar 2014

Location: Ubud, Indonesia

MapFrom Bingin, we headed north to Ubud to see our artist friend Deking. We met him last year when he taught us batik painting and after staying in touch and helping him with his website, he now calls us family. His invitation email read,
“Dear My family John,Susan,Jenny and Emely.
We glad that my family from Amerika would come to see me.
I am not teaching on that day and for me You all family come to see my family, we are pleased.
I will pik up all my family to my house ,and what time you will come?”

We traveled out of Ubud, away from the souvenir shoppers and massage peddlers, and into the rice fields. At Deking’s compound, his family was waiting – his wife Wayan, (who adores Emily) his two sons, daughter in law and tiny granddaughter. We sat under the trees and drank from fresh young coconuts. The only other time they’ve harvested from their one tree is for a family wedding. Wayan fried up succulent banana fritters and we sat and talked until the shadows crept in.