Kalli's Trip Abroad

Hello family, friends and anyone else who finds themselves reading this. I hope you enjoy reading this blog as I experience a semester abroad in Australia. Come join me as I explore "the land down under". Enjoy!


Halloween in Sydney. I was dory from finding Nemo!

Day at the blue mountains, three sisters and goverts leap.

Day in the city- Sydney

Time with McLauflan Family

Sculptures by the sea

These are just some of the beautiful pictures of sculptures by the sea. Each year artists display their work along the coast of Bondi to Tammaran beach in Sydney. Many of the pieces are incorporated into the natural structure of the coast. And some are little more abstract. Hanan and I spent the afternoon exploring the 100 sculptures spread out among 3k’s of walking. It was very beautiful and something that normally have time to do.

Just some roo’s hanging out on campus.

After the Eumundi Markets, Matilda and I stopped at Noosa Beach, which is one of the top beaches on the Sunshine Coast.

Today when we showed up there was a professional beach volleyball tournament being held. I was so happy to just sit around and watch volleyball today, it was great to see in person. 

Here are some pics from a halloween party my roommates and I threw. I was Australia or other people called me Miss Australia and One of the Spice Girls. 

This is also my friend Henriette, she was “dinner”, she was also the winner of our costume contest.

Also this is Matilda, she did her makeup all on her own, isn’t it incredible?! 

Here’s a pic of my roommate Sam and I, he was a zombie lumberjack lol

Also are pictures from my day at Eumundi Markets. My favorite booth was the handmade fairy toys. A man makes castles and homes for fairies and dolls, it was incredible. If I could’ve afforded them or brought them home for everyone I would have.

On My Own

One thing that I do not have strength with is the ability to go and do something all on my own. Yes I know that I traveled across the world all by myself, but I had a sense of security because my travel agent booked my flight, I had my itinerary and I knew Jenna (who I did not know well) was still on my flight. I had the security of knowing what was going to happen and someone’s name. I have constantly done this in my life. But I know that this is a time where I need to be an individual. 

So this morning October 19th 2013 I woke up deciding today I would do just that. So I hopped on the bus and traveled to the small town of Buderim, about 10 minutes and 6 roundabouts away from Sippy Downs. I hit the button and stepped off the bus. The first place I actually knew where I was going, was called Evelyn Lily. 

Evelyn Lily is a little shop that sells handmade gifts from local artists. They had everything from stationary, cards, purses, clothing, jewelry, children’s toys to the most beautiful infant dresses. I really fell in love with the handmade baby outfits and dresses. It was so hard for me not to buy one, I was thinking if only I knew someone who has a baby girl. Then I thought oh I’ll just buy one and save it till I have a daughter of my own (in ten years) but this opportunity had to pass. But I did find some other lovely items that are just beautiful. The shoppe owner was very kid and recommended some other boutiques and cafés in the area. As I was on my way I really had no agenda. 

As my friend Hayley has taught me “not all those who wander are lost” and I was doing just that. I spent the afternoon exploring and talking to the local shop owners, everyone was so kind and helpful. 

I found myself wander in to Buderim Cafe where I ordered a tasty turkey sandwich and a Carmel latte. I sat outside under a large beautiful tree with white bark and branches extending over the whole courtyard. I can only imagine how beautiful this area may look at night because there were twinkling lights strung through the branches. 



I made myself comfortable at the edge of the courtyard away from the many families enjoying lunch, where there was a furry four legged friend tied up. As soon as I set my bag down he came up and set his head on my lap, just like Sofee does. I spent a good 15 minutes petting him till his owner, an elder woman came from the hair salon and took him home. He was wonderful company. As I waited for my lunch I sat and called my mom catching up and just enjoying a little time with her. Even though we are on opposite sides of the world I do feel as if my family is always with me. I enjoyed my sandwhich and my Carmel latte which was more like a milk shake an was on my way. I roamed around and sat down on a bench thinking that I missed the bus by a couple minutes, as I prepared to wait a half hour the bus turned around the corner. I made my way back to my apartment and got back feeling so happy. I know it was only a small thing that I have done, but it truly was a stepping stone for me. 

Cheers
On My Own

One thing that I do not have strength with is the ability to go and do something all on my own. Yes I know that I traveled across the world all by myself, but I had a sense of security because my travel agent booked my flight, I had my itinerary and I knew Jenna (who I did not know well) was still on my flight. I had the security of knowing what was going to happen and someone’s name. I have constantly done this in my life. But I know that this is a time where I need to be an individual.

So this morning October 19th 2013 I woke up deciding today I would do just that. So I hopped on the bus and traveled to the small town of Buderim, about 10 minutes and 6 roundabouts away from Sippy Downs. I hit the button and stepped off the bus. The first place I actually knew where I was going, was called Evelyn Lily.

Evelyn Lily is a little shop that sells handmade gifts from local artists. They had everything from stationary, cards, purses, clothing, jewelry, children’s toys to the most beautiful infant dresses. I really fell in love with the handmade baby outfits and dresses. It was so hard for me not to buy one, I was thinking if only I knew someone who has a baby girl. Then I thought oh I’ll just buy one and save it till I have a daughter of my own (in ten years) but this opportunity had to pass. But I did find some other lovely items that are just beautiful. The shoppe owner was very kid and recommended some other boutiques and cafés in the area. As I was on my way I really had no agenda.

As my friend Hayley has taught me “not all those who wander are lost” and I was doing just that. I spent the afternoon exploring and talking to the local shop owners, everyone was so kind and helpful.

I found myself wander in to Buderim Cafe where I ordered a tasty turkey sandwich and a Carmel latte. I sat outside under a large beautiful tree with white bark and branches extending over the whole courtyard. I can only imagine how beautiful this area may look at night because there were twinkling lights strung through the branches.

I made myself comfortable at the edge of the courtyard away from the many families enjoying lunch, where there was a furry four legged friend tied up. As soon as I set my bag down he came up and set his head on my lap, just like Sofee does. I spent a good 15 minutes petting him till his owner, an elder woman came from the hair salon and took him home. He was wonderful company. As I waited for my lunch I sat and called my mom catching up and just enjoying a little time with her. Even though we are on opposite sides of the world I do feel as if my family is always with me. I enjoyed my sandwhich and my Carmel latte which was more like a milk shake an was on my way. I roamed around and sat down on a bench thinking that I missed the bus by a couple minutes, as I prepared to wait a half hour the bus turned around the corner. I made my way back to my apartment and got back feeling so happy. I know it was only a small thing that I have done, but it truly was a stepping stone for me.

Cheers

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Whitsundays Continued

Once again we began the morning bright and early, catching our shuttle to the marina at 7:30. Today I traveled around the whitsundays which consists of 74 islands. The largest is of course Whitsunday Island. So I loaded on to the sail boat (yes Botros Family I’ve finally sailed) which is the fastest one in aus. It was very large and PURPLE! Just big enough to fit around 70 people including crew. Luckily today there was only about 50 on board. In the front of the boat was large netted areas where you could lay and sunbathe while we sailed. Naturally I spent most the day there with Victoria, Abby, Jenna & Hayley. The nets were great because you could also see the beautiful water under the boat. Our first stop on our trip was to The Whitehaven beach, considered one of the top ten beaches in the world!!! To get to the beach we had to but on wetsuits/stinger suits load in to a smaller rescue boat which then took us closer to shore. I jumped out of the boat in shallower water and walked the rest of the way. It wasINCREDIBLE. The sand was as white as freshly fallen snow. I spent my time on the beach swimming, soaking up the sun, looking for sea turtles and playing in the sand. I can’t get over how beautiful the sand and water is. Whitehaven beach is a national park so you can’t take or leave anything behind. Unfortunately I will not be adding Whitehaven sand to my collection :(

Attractive snorkel selfie

The girls and I at Whitehaven Beach

Hamilton Island

Airlie Beach

Hamilton Island

Whitehaven Beach- I was beyond excited!

Airlie Lagoon

SAIL!

Victoria, Jenna, Hayley, me, Abby

Sunset

After Whitehaven we loaded back on the Camira and enjoyed a buffet lunch. It was delicious!!! There was all sorts of salads, chicken, steak, fish an sausage. Not to mention the open bar, which had a couple types of beer and wine. After lunch we sailed some more made our way to the reef and got back in the water to snorkel. When I was snorkeling I was able to hear the stingers in the water. They are about the size of your fingernail and you can’t see then, if you get stung by them it will keep you in a hospital for a couple days. But I was okay because I had on my very attractive wetsuit. I didn’t see any sea turtles this time but it was still amazing swimming with all the colorful fish.

I finished up the day relaxing on the boat and enjoying my time with good friends. That evening we went to a restaurant right on the beach called Salt, where they serve fresh seafood. I got the salt and pepper calamari, yum. Our friend Brody that we met in NZ was able to meet up with us for dinner which was a great time. He is from Tasmania but moved up to Aus 2 years ago. I did talk to him about Tasmanian devils, and got made fun of by Jenna for all the other stupid questions I asked. But I would rather know then not ask. I always enjoy being with these girls just hanging out because most the time we are laughing so hard I’m crying. I’m now realizing how much I’m going to miss them in the coming month. The night ended with a smile on my face and me not wanting to board a plane to go back to Sippy Downs tomorrow. I know that this is not the last time I visit the Whitsundays but I will miss it.

Cheers!

WhitSundays- Great Barrier Reef

How lucky am I? I am able to travel to the Great Barrier Reef with some lovely ladies and enjoy a weekend there.

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Woke up early took a coach bus to a marina and loaded a large ship, rode a hour to Hamilton island, picked up more people and rode about 1.5 hr to hardy reef. Went on the pontoon, grabbed our wetsuits and got ready to go scuba diving or my very first time. I was given flippers, weights and all my gear to go see the reef. I went through a brief safety lesson, learning how to breath properly and blow bubbles, in a under water shallow chamber that opens up into the ocean.Finally I was taken down under the boat and into the ocean! My group was 4 people Jenna, I and two others. We had two guides per 2 people so I felt very safe. We began pulling ourselves down from under the boat on some ropes. Of course right when I go under water I got one of my tubes stuck on Jenna’s gear, I was like great I just get under water and I’m already using the help signal (waving my arms). Lucky I remembered I could breath fine, untangled myself an began to dive. The current was very strong so most the time we swam along  ropes along ropes attached to the bottom. 

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Fish!!

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Sights of the Reef

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My favorite fish is the Rainbow Fish

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Having some fun with my underwater camera

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Jenna and I getting ready to dive

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Hi Everyone!!!

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The Bat Fish (like angel fish) were very cool

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Just hanging out at the GBR

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I was so excited I saw a sea turtle!!

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Jenna and I 

Diving!

-Hayley, Ayesha and I

-Hanging with some sleepy seals

-Rainbow over Fox Glacier

-Church of the Good Shepard

-Ayesha and I in the Gondala 

-Views from Luging and the track

-Ride of the Rings Tour

-Enjoying a Cider after luging