Five German Students Explore more of Bali

From left to right: Aldo, Dewa, Julia, Anna-Lena, Tamma, Nicole, Tobias and Diah at NOOK Restaurant.

From left to right: Aldo, Dewa, Julia, Anna-Lena, Tamma, Nicole, Tobias and Diah at NOOK Restaurant.

After some adventurous first weeks in the beautiful country of Indonesia, we finally settled down in an apartment complex near the University, got a little bit more used to the spicy food and got an understanding of how to survive the crazy traffic.

But we are not the only ones who need to settle down in a whole different world. Since our stay in Bali is based on an exchange between the Udayana University and the FH Stralsund in Germany, five students from Bali will spent the semester in the beautiful city at the Baltic Sea.

We were more than happy to meet three of these students on the 10th of September in the NOOK Restaurant in Seminyak. In the beautiful atmosphere, surrounded by rice terraces we were pleased to answer Aldos, Dewas and Diahs questions about the University and everyday life in Stralsund.

In return they could answer our open questions about the Balinese culture, food and lifestyle. After a delicious dinner and interesting conversations we wished farewell and are now looking forward to meet the Balinese students after their 3 months exchange in January and are excited to hear from their adventures and impressions.

Attending Six Classes

Currently we are attending six classes, which are Cultural Heritage Tourism, Community Based Tourism, Sustainable Tourism, Entrepreneurship in Tourism, Tourism Marketing and Tourism Destination. We are especially interested in the first two, because we didn’t take these courses in Germany. It is interesting to learn more about the Culture and Traditions of Indonesia, especially in Bali. With this knowledge we can expand our horizon.

To gain a deeper insight and understanding of Indonesia we went to Nusa Lembongan on the 15th of September. Nusa Lembongan is a small island located eastward from Bali. The island has only 4.000 inhabitants, is free from car traffic and is a popular destination for snorkelling, diving and surfing.

On Friday we chose to explore the island by bicycle (also known on Lembongang as push bike). We started in the north east to see the mangrove forest and afterwards we headed south to discover the small island Nusa Ceningang, where we also had lunch in a traditional warung. After we restored our energy, the trip continued back to the main island and ended at the famous Dream Beach, where we spent the afternoon relaxing. Followed by a resting day at the beach we finally went on a snorkelling trip on Sunday.

After been picked up at eight in the morning we went on a three hour long boat trip. The first stop was in a rocky bay with rough water where we saw the impressive manta rays swimming just right next to us. First a little bit scared, we soon became comfortable in the water and could enjoy the beauty of these animals.

“Lonely Island”

The next two stops let us experience the stunning reefs around the island and the fish variety living there. Coming back from this trip we were amazed on the one hand but also negatively surprised on the other hand about how crowded the so called “lonely island” was.

Our bicycle parking lot at the local warung at Nusa Ceningan.

Our bicycle parking lot at the local warung at Nusa Ceningan.

Dog Halfway House

On the 23rd of September we chose to visit “The Bali Dog Halfway House”. It is a collaboration of solo dog rescuers providing their rescued dogs a temporary save place until adoption. For us it’s important to not only receive new input from this semester abroad, but to also give something back to the local community.

From left to right: Anna-Lena, Julia, Tobias, Nicole and Tamma.

From left to right: Anna-Lena, Julia, Tobias, Nicole and Tamma.

After three hours of helping the staff and of course a lot of cuddling and playing with the dogs, we were asked to volunteer on a weekly basis. More than happy we can now proudly call ourselves volunteers of “The Bali Dog Halfway House”. We are not only looking forward to work with these lovely people and animals, but also to new interesting input in university and some more weeks full of adventures in Bali.

(Tamma Heidrowksi / Nicole Skelnik)