Thin ice is easy to break

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Just two days after the official start of the semester abroad at the orientation days, it was time to celebrate this great moment also unofficially.

Like in the last semesters, the Pro Surf surfing school in Kuta provided the perfect location for the Asia Exchange Ice Breaking Party, which usually is one of the highlights in the beginning of every semester.

most of accomodation in bali have a swimming pool

The students were welcomed with a tasty PitStop burger (one of the

pool party
bintang beer for everyone
attending students party with happy faces
a girl jumping from above to dive in the pool

Most of the students were still keen to keep on partying after the Pro Surf school closed its doors around 12 o´clock, so we went on to the next night club, called La Favela. To sum up, it was a truly memorable night, with awesome people and a befitting party to welcome the new semester.

Of course, the main purpose of the Asia Exchange students is not partying. The Ice Breaking Party was just a perfect opportunity to make new friends so far away from back home. The real student life began the week after, when the first lectures were taking place at the Jimbaran campus. Everything went smoothly during the first days and it was good to see that the campus got busy again, since the last semester successfully finished their studies here. Besides important academic matters is the BIPAS Program designed to bring the students closer to the culture and traditions of Bali and Indonesia. Therefore, the lecturers organize weekly workshops with different subjects. Perfectly fitting to the upcoming Balinese holidays “Galungan” and “Kuningan”, Mr. Rajeg taught the students how to do traditional offerings and decorations out of palm leaves, in honour to these holy occasions. The classroom was full of people, although it was no mandatory workshop. Everybody seemed to have a great time and after a few difficulties to work with the fragile material in the beginning, everything worked out pretty well. The students learned how to do “Paku Pipit and Tulang Lindung”, which are decorative knots and swords, made of young coconut leaves for Galungan. As pictures are worth a thousand words, here are some impressions of this cultural experience.

university staff teaching the students
teaching how to make a cultural decoration
asia exchange students
asia exchange students
a girl just made a cultural decoration from palm leaf
crafting in classroom
bali students
udayana university students, bali indonesia

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