UIII International Students Find Bliss in Impromptu Trip to Cilember Waterfall

January 21, 2024

Contributor: Saemah Shamim | Editor: Supriyono

UIII.AC.ID, BOGOR - In a spontaneous and exhilarating escapade, a group of international students from various faculties at UIII embarked on an unforgettable journey to the enchanting Cilember Waterfall in Bogor Regency, West Java, Indonesia. Also referred to as Curug Cilember or Curug Tujuh (Seven Waterfalls), this seven-tiered natural wonder provided not just a respite from academic pursuits but also a budget-friendly haven for these adventurous souls.

Radiating delight, one student shared, "The best thing about this place is it is very beautiful, very green, and most importantly, it fits into our budget!" The decision to embark on the trip was impromptu, devoid of prior arrangements, injecting an additional layer of excitement and adventure into the entire experience.

Commencing their journey in the midday, the group reached their destination in the evening, an unconventional time for such an excursion. Unfazed by this, they embraced the situation with enthusiasm, determined to savor every moment. At the entrance gate, the cashier, unaware of the students' diverse backgrounds, shared the captivating history of Cilember Waterfall.

"According to local lore," he explained, "it was once a bathing place for princesses from the Siliwangi kingdom, an ancient realm in the land of Sunda." The belief that bathing in the waterfall could grant eternal youth added an intriguing layer to their journey.

Undeterred by the less-than-optimal timing, the students hastened to the top, eager to witness the cascading falls in all their glory. Upon reaching the summit, their cheers resonated through the valley as they immersed themselves in the cool waters beneath the twinkling sky. Splashing, laughing, and jumping, they reveled in the moment, united by their shared joy.

Cilember's enchantment captivated these nature enthusiasts. "This waterfall is perfect for hikers, campers, and anyone who loves nature," declared one student. They marveled at the wooden bungalows and tents available for rent, envisioning future adventures.

As the water level rose and the chill set in, they changed into dry clothes and sought warmth by a crackling campfire. There, they encountered another group of local students, forging new friendships through a blend of broken English and Bahasa, resulting in an unforgettable exchange of stories and laughter.

Reflecting on the experience, one student expressed, "I believe this was one of the best experiences since I arrived in Indonesia. It was unexpectedly enjoyable, and it brought all of us closer as friends." Another added, "The greenery fascinated me the most; I feel energetic and fresh!"

Returning by midnight, hearts filled with happiness, they eagerly anticipated the new day, prepared to tackle assignments and lectures with renewed vigor.

In the spirit of exploration and cultural exchange, the students expressed the hope that their university could organize similar trips, providing opportunities to explore and learn about the beauty of Indonesia—a sentiment echoing the desire for meaningful and lasting memories.