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Visiting the South Australia Museum

Posted by: AIYEP Participants on Saturday, November 19, 2016

On Saturday November 12th 2016, I and my host family visited the South Australia Museum. It was natural history museum and research institution in Adelaide established in 1956. It occupies a complex of buildings on North Terrace in the Cultural precinct of the Adelaide Park land. We lived in Colonel Light Garden and it was quite far from our home to the Museum. It is about 9 kilometers away. We went to the city by car and it took 20 minutes driving to the Museum.

We arrived safely at the location around the Museum, we parked the car and we walked slowly down through the small path straight into the Museum. We saw many people from difference places came there and enjoying their vocation. As we walked slowly inside, we went into the animal’s section and Dad showed me all the different unique of animals that I have never seen before. I was surprised when I looked around and it was incredible. Then we got into the lift and went up to another section. We walked slowly to the fossils section and started to look one by one. It was the remaining fossils from Aborigine people for thousands of years ago. While we walked around and visited several places, we took some pictures as well.

We moved furthermore to the Arts section and looked around it was different types of motifs, some other painting and lots of designs on the wood and stones from many years ago. It was expressive and amazing that they collected from different areas all over the world. Furthermore, my Dad held my hand and took me to another room. He wanted to make me surprise, he took me in to that room and show me a big glass box. With anxiously, I looked into the big glass and finally I saw the “Bird of Paradise” which symbolized the Island of West Papua that happen to be a place where I came from. I could not do anything when I looked at the Paradise Birds but what I felt was my heart touched and tears of my eyes slowly dropped in a seconds. It reminded me of my home where I was born and grown up.

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Selamat datang Lumbang!

Posted by: AIYEP Participants on Thursday, December 24, 2015

Selamat datang Lumbang! Desa dimana anda akan mengalami sambutan terbesar di hidup anda! 


Setelah berada di dalam bus selama 9 jam, kami tiba di Kota Sambas. Kami merasa terkejut dan senang karena kedatangan kami di sana disambut oleh ratusan orang. Bahkan ada Pasukan Pengibar Bendera (PASKIBRA) yang menghormati kami sepanjang kami memasuki Gedung Bupati diiringi instrumen musik yang meriah. Kami juga menyanyikan dua lagu kebangsaan - Indonesia Raya dan Advance Australian Fair. Sesudah itu, kami diajak berfoto bersama.


Kami tidak tahu bahwa kami menerima sambutan yang lebih meriah lagi di Desa Lumbang. Sesampainya kami disana, kami disambut oleh warga yang tinggal di Desa Lumbang dan desa sekitrnya! Ada ratusan orang tak sabar menunggu kedatangan peserta ‘bule’ dan peserta Indonesia dari Australian Indonesian Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP). Kami tidak tahu bahwa kami seperti artis terkenal! Ketika kami turun dari bus, ada marching band mengiringi perjalanan kami, dua laki-laki beratraksi bela diri, dan beberapa perempuan menari tarian tradisional. Ada banyak ibu-ibu, bapak-bapak, dan puluhan anak-anak sangat antusias menyambut kedatangan kami sampai mereka berteriak kegirangan. Hampir semua bapak dan ibu memakai pakaian tradisional dan terlihat sangat bagus! 


Kami diarahkan untuk memasuki tenda yang sudah mereka siapkan. Kami memasuki tenda tersebut sementara masyarakat sekitar melemparkan beras kuning kepada kami. Bendera berwarna-warni dikibarkan di sekitar desa untuk menyambut kedatangan kami. Beberapa orang memberikan kata sambutan dan ada satu tradisi menarik disana. Kami duduk dan tangan dan kaki kami disirami air sebagai ucapakan selamat dan keberuntungan. Sesudah itu, Dessy, LO kami, mengumumkan siapa keluarga angkat kami! Kami sangat senang bertemu dengan keluarga baru kami! Sesudah itu, kami makan bersama dan makan makanan tradisional seperti tempoyak, daging sapi, daging ayam, nasi, dan bubur pedas. Selagi kami menikmari hidangan yang disediakan, warga Desa Lumbang mengerumuni kami dan tertawa melihat kami, khususnya para bule yang makan dengan tangan - mungkin mereka melihat hal itu untuk pertama kalinya!


Oleh: Rebecca Lambert



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