Wanderlust

Traveling is the best way to learn about the world around us. Each new destination is a fresh viewpoint that lets you see things from a different perspective. You don’t have to go far – microcosms of culture seem to crop up every hundred miles. I love all trips, whether they take me an hour or an ocean away from home. This section of “Lani’s Cup of Tea” is all about traveling mindfully: being respectful of traditions, reducing your environmental impact as much as possible, and truly immersing yourself in a different world. Bon voyage!

“Student” Life

Three carefree summer months have slipped by since my last post. The days were long, but the weeks short. I don’t know where the season went, but now everyone is back in the classroom, and I’m once again reminded that I’m no…
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A Tough Perspective

In Friday’s post, I explained why I love traveling. It can broaden horizons and show you new perspectives. Sometimes though, this new perspective can be hard to accept. It challenges your existing view of the world, and opens your eyes to…
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A New Perspective

People ask me why I love to travel. The answer is simple. Each new place, each new experience, each new person yields a new perspective. A perspective that can only be gained by broadening one’s horizon through travel. But during…
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It Begins: UNPAR’s International Student Conference

Approximately 100 students from around the world, nine days chock-full of cultural immersion, seven distinguished lecturers, one organizing committee working around the clock, hundreds of lessons learned, and countless memories made. The Universitas Katolik Parahyangan International Student Conference was an experience unlike…
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Meeting Orangutans

I’ve been waiting to post these particular photos because they are some of my favorites from the entire trip, and I wanted to be sure to do them justice. The more I looked at them, though, the more I realized…
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Project Green Life

The time I spent in Indonesia made me feel a million things – exhilarated, confused, challenged, invigorated – but discovering Project Green Life invoked feelings that went beyond me. I felt connected to the world in a way that I never have…
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“I <3 Bukit Lawang"

When you’re traveling, it’s crazy how time flies. When you’re not traveling, it’s crazy how time flies. I’ve been at my new job for over a month now, and I’m loving every minute of it! Unfortunately, the 9-5 doesn’t give…
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The Smiles of Kintamani

This view. This view is just one of the things that make me more than just a little nostalgic as I’m sitting inside, staring out the window at the patches of snow on frozen ground. It’s only been a week,…
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Observing Life in Ubud

After the guided tour to introduce us to the city of Ubud, we decided to do a little exploring of our own. Here are some of the things we found… (Click on a photo to enlarge it!) The temple for…
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