Wanderlust Lecture: A journey to the far-away country of Indonesia

Ilmenau, 1st November 2018

When I grow up, I want to do something good and travel the world,” who didn’t want that as a child? We make this wish come true in the context of our regular wanderlust lectures and let all interested people tell their experiences of journeys to distant countries and exchange them with others.

At the beginning of November we had a lecture about Indonesia from two perspectives in the bc-Café from 7 pm to 8 pm:

  • Sven Other, a master student from Germany, travelled Java and Bali for three weeks in September 2018.
  • Mira Rochyadi-Reetz, an Indonesian, is a Phd student at the Institute of Media and Communication Studies here in Ilmenau and works as a research assistant at the Faculty of Empirical Media Research and Political Communication.

Fortunately, many interested people came: more than 30 people followed Miras and Sven’s lecture with excitement and laughed together in between.

Through the two perspectives of a traveller and a native Indonesian, Indonesia could be described in various ways. Very amusing was the part where Mira opened up and presented her Top 3 “Indonesian Things I Miss”:

3. National holidays of the six official religions in Indonesia. Indonesia is a diverse country and, according to Mira, all holidays are treated and celebrated equally.

2. Street market. She misses the bright colors at the market and the vegetable merchant walking past her door and shouting “Vegetables, vegetables!

1. Rice. There is a variety of rice dishes. Rice as starter, rice as appetizer, rice as main course up to rice as dessert.

For many students the traveling perspective was also very exciting: Sven explained briefly his stations of the journey and gave tips for travelling. He also pointed out that it is smart to make contacts at ISWI. In this way he got to know a person from Indonesia who gave him local tips.
One of the underlying idea of this wanderlust lecture was to collect donations for the tsunami victims in Indonesia on 28 September 2018.

Thank you to Mira and Sven for the exciting lecture and thank you to all interested people who were part of this evening!
Little tip from Mira: “It was great to have the opportunity present Indonesia at Fernweh Lectures.” So, if you are interested in sharing your experiences with others, just write an e-mail to info@iswi.org.

See you soon!

Your ISWI e. V.