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Friday, 13 January 2012

Pondok Kecil in Ubud

When my parents and I arrived in Ubud yesterday afternoon, Wayan, my friend and driver, took us to his friend Madek's villa. It was absolutely stunning. 2 bedrooms overlooking rice fields and palms. We decided it was too far out of the town, so we were offered another option closer to town. Walking back to the car, heavy rain started and we got soaked through. Laughing and drenched, we got back into the car and headed to the villa owners' other property closer to central Ubud.

Madek owns Pondok Kecil. A very small and very private few rooms just off the main road. He gave us an amazing deal, 150,000 Rupiah for each room per night. About $15 CAD. Bed, shower, fan and a lovely breakfast was just served to us. Fresh fruit, coffee and a tomato and egg sandwich. Madek has owned these properties for 25 years, which he built "little by little". He has the kindest eyes I have ever seen. Truly a gem. He has invited us to a traditional Hindi ceremony at one of the temples this afternoon. I absolutely recommend Pondok Kecil if you are planning to stay in Ubud. It's quiet, peaceful and simply lovely.

Shower time now, then off to the market.

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