We settle into life in Banding and each day follows the next with a certain rhythm. But we slowly take to exploring the heart of the city as well as the hinterland beyond.
We visit the mesmerising fish of Ikan Mas and then take the journey to the feet of the simmering volcano of Tangkuban Perahu. Matt makes an entrance at the Mayor’s reception in the grand Gedung Sate but we are still invited to a village wedding in the colourful Garut where I learn how Javanese women dress in their tightly fitted costumes.
Back at home we have the chance to meet a special dress maker – Mrs Chang from Cihampelas and look forward to receiving letters from Australia until, one day, when sad news arrives.