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About bottommango

Hi my name is Hanna, I'm 20 and love traveling.I am interested in seeing the different cultures and countries that this world has to offer, I am in love with Africa having grown up in different countries such as Uganda, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone. I have finished my FDA tourism motivation course and currently going backpacking in Australia, the other side of the world!

Hervey Bay-16

Hey I’m writing this on the 17 day, the 23 of June but I will tell you about yesterday. Yesterday was a good day it started at 8, as part of the working for accommodation we have to do some of the cleaning luckily we only have to work for 3 hours. That bit wasn’t that good as I hovered, I don’t know what it is but hovers just never seem to like me. This hover wasn’t the small and nice light ones or even a happy Henry no… it was like lugging around a big chugging machine from the industrial revolution! It was horrible. Anyway after lunch I decided to go to see the sunset at Urangan Pier, I set of at half one and got there at half 3! I didnt realise how long the walk was, it was lovely. I did stop on the way, I found a part of the beach covered with broken shells that you couldn’t walk in the water, I found little balls of sand making it look like the beach was having its own fireworks display. I found a Rainbow lorikeet acting like a guard at a hole in the middle of a tree, it wasn’t till I got really close it flew off and another one crawled up through the hole and took flight. I peered through the gap one I could see some egg shells, i couldn’t make out if they were broken or not but I thought I should go so the mum could come back. I went on with my walk. I also saw some weird birds like rocker pigeons. I love it here it’s so full of nature and green. The sea was like the different shades of chalk you find when you open the box or displaying in an art shop window. When I reached the pier i found that it was longer than I thought! It went out into the sea, I was walking down and on the barrier separating you from the deepest blue, it did look very deep, were the most beautiful loving memory plaques. Some were inscribed with sayings such as ‘gone fishing’ or ‘together again’ it was so pretty. As I got to the end of the pier it got so windy and cold, I told myself off for only wearing a vest and shorts, I wrapped my sarong around my arms wich gave my a bit of protection from the wind. The pier was covered by fishers young and old women and men, I watched this activity and patience game. I would of just given up but they were so determined to get something they wouldn’t. There was a very smart pelican who just waited, standing on the pier and not flying off when people got to close. I was so confused, why was he there? Was he hurt? No he just couldn’t be bothered to do any work as when the fishermen caught fish wich were to small they feed them to him. The lazy bird but you have to admit he was smart. I stayed there until the sunset, lucky my friend Givonna, the Italian who is my dorm mate, came along so I could drive back instead of walk! I got chatting to this really nice man and we hit it off! It was so nice and I had no idea he was flirting with me until Givonna told me when we were walking back down. I felt so silly and embarrassed but I gave him my number and we have made plans to meet up again! I’m so excited but nervous, it’s the first time I did anything like this but it was a nice little confidence boost. Anyway back to the sunset, it was nice but the clouds got in the way. I’m going go there again and try the sunset again, apparently you can sometimes see dolphins there so I’m definitely going try again. I have booked an eco-boat tour on Monday to go to the Round island, learn about turtles, dolphins and fish. Hopefully I’ll see some and then go snorkelling in a reef! Sounds amazing so excited!  

 

Harvey bay-day 14

Hi guys, so sorry I got mixed up with the dates yesterday was day 13 (19/06) instead of day 12. Today was great. I tried to find this place wich was a cottage and herb farm, it said that it showed old crafts and it had a famous pink cow! (Tin one not real) but I couldn’t find it. I went to were it looked like it was on the map, when I got to the place I checked on google maps, it was another 3 hour walk in land! It was nearly 11 and I didn’t want to walk when the sun was highest in the sky (11,12,1) instead I walked back on the beach. The sea was out so you could walk across the squidgy sand, I stumbled upon rock pools where there were schools of small fish darting around. There was one fish that looked like a baby puffer fish but I’m not to sure. I also spoke to a guy who was taking up the sand through a metal tube, it looked like a long bicycle pump. He told my that he was finding bait for fishing, I can’t remember the name but it looked like a small wight, see through prawn with a lot of legs ,or they might of been pincers I’m not to sure. I went on with my walk and I saw a group of pelicans, unlike the ones in England there back feathers are black and they have really freaky eyes. If you can zoom in to the photo, you’ll see what I mean! 

 After I got back I decided that if I was going be here for a month, I might as well learn how to sail. The sea isn’t choppy so people don’t surf, but the sea is so carm it would be a good place to learn how to surf. Me and this girl called Hanne when to the local boat club but they were closed. I called and left a voicemail so I’ll see what they reply with but I can look for over places to. After that we found a cheesecake shop! It was amazing so many flavours, you could buy a whole cake, half a cake or a quarter. We got a quarter, caramel flavour, delicious. We have a new person in the dorm volunteering, her name is Lori she’s from Canada and lovely. She arrived around the same time as me and very focused on finding work. We are the only ones in tonight as the other two are in rainbow beach and going to noosa tomorrow, it’s there days off. Me and Lori watched the sunset tonight, it was amazing and clearer than the other nights lighting the whole sky. I think I prefer when there are clouds there because they are dark against the pinkie, red sky. It was still stunning though, my phone just doesn’t capture it. 

Harvey bay-day 12 

I think I over did it two days ago. I woke up yesterday, a massive headache it was like my brother was trying to learn the drums again but instead of hitting the drums it was my head wich was pounding. It was the sun I overdid it yesterday, sunbathing and walking around town, not drinking anoth. Oh well I learned my lesson, I went to the shops to buy the ingredients for supper but apart from that I took shelter indoors. Reading my book , talking to people, going on the net, applying for jobs , not really doing anything. I cooked Bangers and mash for my dorm mates, they loveed it! I was so happy! Even though the gravy wasn’t gravy ant the mash potatoe was lumpy, they liked it. I’m a really bad cook and coming from an French an Italian who are amazing cooks this made my day. I’m feeling better today I just need a day to shelter from the sun and a really good sleep. I finished my book, into the water by Paula Hawkins, she wrote the Girl on the train and like that book into the water was amazing so clever and well thought out, kept you guessing at every turning point or glimmer of events. I’m on the beach writing this, I have put sunscreen on and have my water bottle don’t worry! I love the beach, it’s a real beach, not like Weston super mare. The water is blue, clear and actually turns up. The sand is soft, like casting sugar but golden. It’s so serial like from a picture book. It’s amazing here and i love it ,I love the beach, the hostel, the staff and people are lovely but there isn’t much to do here. I have only been hear a couple of days so I’m finding walks and stuff I can do but I’m staying here for a month and the stuff will run out, I don’t want to get bored hear but I want to stay here as it’s really nice. We have a lot of time of, yesterday and today were my days off and we only need to work 3 hours. We have nearly all the days free. 

Harvey bay- Day 10 

I can’t imagine I have been here for ten days now! It’s gone so fast. I am now in Harvey bay,working for accommodation at a really nice hostel called the palace. The palace holds a three day tour to Fraser Island, this means that people normally come for a night have the tour and then go on their way. I have met a lot of different people,but all really nice and funny. I have also got two dorm mates, a female from France and a male from Italy. He cooked us carbonara yesterday and I need to cook an English meal for supper today! But there are only stoves and no oven, I think Bangers and mash with gravy but we will see what they have at the store. Yesterday (Day 10) was alright in the morning I managed to get my phone to work but I it was a 40 minute walk there and back wich wasn’t that fun! But in the afternoon I went to the beach with Laura and the Italian ,I don’t know how to spell his name! They are my bunck mates. The palace is so close to the beach it’s basically on there doorstep. Unlike the beach I went to on the Sunshine Coast this one didn’t have any waves. When you looked out it was like seeing an oil or chalk painting of all the different types of blue it was gorgeous. The sea washed hup all kinds of treasures, shells, bits of coral and rocks. Unfortunately wee couldn’t see the sunset as the clouds decided to get in the way but it was just as well, my phone had died so I couldn’t take a photo for you guys. Back in the Hostel,I got talking to a really nice girl called Hanne, she was Duch. She was lovely we talked for ages she had been to Mexico and New Zealand and now backpacking around Australia.we talked about that and other stuff, during the evening shift wich me and the people in the dorm did, we all played pictionary. This was Hanne, the Italian, a German girl called Lauren. I found out how bad I am at drawing! The work is really easy and alright, because we are on the late shift we only need to check in some late people, close the kitchen and make sure the place looks nice and tidy.

Bus journey- day 9

Hi, 

The last days were a bit meh, nice but meh. I didn’t think they were worth talking about really, they were very relaxing and letting me get mentally ready to go to Hearvey bay. On this journey of self discovery and finding out what life is like and experiencing it rather than reading about it, the past week staying with Peater and Penny helped. When living in Weston I feel like I forgot the feeling of love and belonging as I was just unhappy, yes there were good and happy times, but they were almost over before they started! Staying with Penny she helped me open up those feelings again through her kind words and poetry. She will be publishing a poetry book later on this year, I will be her number one fan! I really enjoyed my time in Sherwood and Brisbane and know I will definitely come back! I am currently on a greyhound buss to Harvey bay where I will be volunteering at a Hostle for a month in exchange of accommodation and other things to. I am super excited but so nervous at the same time! Anyway 5 hours on this bus to go! Lucky I have lodes of snacks and wifi to!

Brisbane- day 6

Today started slowly, I almost didn’t leave the house! It was down to Penney who got me of my but and out and about. We took the train up to Brisbane together, instead of getting of at Roma we got out at central station wich was the next stop. When you were out side of central station you could see the building, it was so magnificent. There were parts of the building dedicated to the woman and men who lost their lives in the Second World War. There was one just dedicated to the woman, this is really nice as there were a lot of women but they don’t always get a mention, normally it’s just for the men so it was nice seeing the woman mentioned. First thing I did was I brought some stamps and sent some postcards, I wonder how long they will take I have been told it will probably be a week or two! I then tried to find the way to the botanical gardens, after getting so confused I went up to talk to a nice lady near the bus stop. The lady, Wendy, was so helpful she told me that there is a free public transport that can take you round the city, FREE!!! They are the red busses or ferries, the busses normally leave every half hour and go in a loop of the city. This was great, its a great way to encourage public transportation! Also very handy as it called right outside the botanical gardens, Wendy was so nice and helpful telling me were everything is and what stops to get of at. Enter the botanical gardens, it was amazing it’s still in town but I couldn’t hear any of the town life! There were people jogging up and down, zooming past on Bicycles, chatting on the benches near the lake or under trees, and wondering around like me. One one side of the botanical gardens you had the city but on the other side you had the lake separating it from the other side of the city, there were boats anchored near the park and a little harbour were people could sail up to with smaller boats, it was lovely that this was so near the gardens. It brought a sense of happiness to the park, that even though the bizziness of the city is right over there this is a place of relaxation and that there are green and eco-friendly ways to get around. 


There were loads of different plants and trees, most were more adapted living in different regions but were surviving in Brisbane. As well as trees there where flowers to, I came across a lovely Hibiscus flower patch wich had a nice sundial in the middle of it.

I went in one big loop of the gardens and on the side, the sider closer to the city, there were some ponds. It just felt so serial that there were ponds with some irises and birds around, but you could see the skyscrapers in the reflection and towering over the trees. It was amazing but weird at the same time.


After my loop I decided to go and check out the ferry Service which goes along the Brisbane river, as well as the red buses there are also red ferries which are free! I got on at Eagle St Pier and got of at the second stop Maritime Museum. The ferry was very bissy as I decided to travel when everyone else wanted to go home! After the first stop some people got of so it was less stuffed. At the back of the ferry there was a bit were you could sit outside and watch the city go buy. 


I wish I stayed on the boat longer and watched the sunset, oh well next time! I got of at the museum stop only to find it was closed, silly me it was 4 in the evening! Oh well. I did manage to walk back into Brisbane on the Goodwell bridge back to the botanical gardens and then on the city hopper bus (free buss and ferry service name) back to central station! One big loop! When I got of the bridge I walked on the river path in the gardens, wich was lovely. I have put a picture of my root down below.


My root:

Sorry it’s so badly drawn but it gives a bit more of an idea

First weekend in oz!!! day 4 and 5

Hi guys, sorry I have been away from wifi but let me tell you about my weekend, what a weekend it was! 

On Saturday Penny, Peater and I went on a car journey to Maleny (the people I’m staying with).

Maleny is a small town near the Sunshine Coast and protected by the Glass mountains. On the way up to Maleny we stopped off for a picnic at D’aguiar national park, the national park has a nice green picnic area and a really nice looking children play area. It is also sheltered by the glass house mountains and it was such a clear day, you could see the silhouette of some of the skyscrapers in Brisbane. It was a spectacular view wich, unfortunately didn’t come out that well in a photo.

It also has a massive, lush rainforest! It has loads of different types of tress, birds and the Red legged pademelon lived there. The red legged pademelon are a rainforest wallaby and it is slightly smaller and has a deeper colour of red fur than the ones I saw in the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. They are stated vulnerable in NSW (North South Wales), lucky the national park provides a refuge, helping to protect them. Even though the forest was so dense and big,I was so lucky in seeing four of them! The light was bad as the trees were so tall and blocked the sun I couldn’t take a lot of photos but the ones I did are a bit dinged. We saw one going into a tree, one of the trees that has killed the inside tree, two hopped across the path in front of us and one was eating so close to me in was such a memory to behold it was an arm reach away! I am not kidding! Before it rushed of a baby poked its head out. I promise it’s true, if I was reading this I’ll be thinking ‘ yeah right’ but it actually happened. I will never forget!

Peter told me that the Red legged pademelon, have a favourite tree or bush that they always come back to. A bit like how we have or own houses! 


After this walk we went a bit further and went for a walk above a gully, gorge. The D’aguilar national park was at the bottom of the gully, because of this the flora was so lush and there was a wider range of wet land trees rather than the trees found on the walk wich was up on the bridge of the gully. God that was a hard sentence to write I hope it makes sense! At the end of the walk there was a waterfall, unfortunately it wasn’t that big as it is pretty dry hear! We timed the walk perfectly as we managed to see the sunset! It was gorgeous!


Later on it turned pinky red and the clouds stood out, it was lush.

That is the end of Saturday, now onto Sunday!

After waking up to a gloomy morning, the sun came out around 10:30 and we went of to the beach. It was liquid awesome, it was so hot and then stepping in to the sea was a shock but a good shock. The temperature of the sea was 22 degrees, and the waves were good. I tried to swim but you couldn’t really as the waves were one after one, I don’t really like body boarding whenever I tried in Cornwall it never goes well. After the right teachers and using the right bord I got some really good waves and found out how fun it was! It got really sunny and we had to retreat into the shade but I loved my first time on an australian beach and I even caught some waves dude! We then went for a walk around some of the Sunshine Coast, it was definitely sunny! But so nice and we saw some surfers at work, they flew on the wave only for the sea to win at the end and get them off balance. It was amazing to watch so skilful but delicate, like a dance between the person and sea. 


There was a view point called the boiling pot, this is it

Peter said it was called the boiling pot as when the spray of the wave spits it looks like it’s boiling!

We stayed there till sunset, another great one.