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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Kuranda July 19th 2018

I started the day with the best thing to do first thing in the morning in Cairns: birding the Cairns Esplanade at sunrise. Although it’s not wader time of year in Australia, plenty of waders do overwinter anyway, I believe first year birds especially, and given how urban and in the middle of the city it is, the trees that line the esplanade do hold lots of interesting birds too including Metallic Starlings, Figbirds, and Fig Parrots. The latter is surprisingly easy to find just in the trees right around there. Despite having birding the esplanade on several mornings when I was last in Cairns, I even managed a rather nice lifer in the form of a Yellow Honeyeater which is quite an attractive honeyeater species. I birded the esplanade for a good couple of hours ... read more
White-breasted Woodswallows in the Morning
Fig Parrot on the Esplanade
Cairns Esplanade

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Kuranda July 18th 2017

It feels very strange to be back in Australia. I loved being able to see my family again. The air is fresh and clean again. It feels strange to safely drink out of a tap without having to boil or buy water. Food is sadly expensive and I can’t walk safely down a street at night here. In China I don’t think I ever saw a drunk Chinese person. School is much shorter and I have a lot of spare time. Everything is in English and I don’t have to play Charades every time I want to talk to someone. I miss China and its orderly life. I also miss my home-stay mum but, I found out that she is coming to Australia with the Chengdu students and will be going to Melbourne. When the Chinese ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Kuranda July 18th 2017

My first week back was confusing. I got hungry and sleepy around midnight and I would wake up much later in the mornings. I couldn’t help but feel an anxiety that I had to do something – it was like I was forgetting something. I guess that’s what happens when you go on a trip. I always think about the trip and I wonder if it even really happened. I miss China a lot. I miss the food and I miss the students in Chengdu, as well. I have been getting back in the rhythms of my life but, it is different now. I feel renewed, more grateful, even, could I say ‘wiser’. All I can say is that this trip has changed my life. Tamara... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Kuranda July 18th 2017

My first week back from China was good, but strange. It was really good to see everyone and I was glad to be back. I miss China and all the amazing people I met, as well as travelling with my class. I miss the food, the hostels and the bargaining. But, it was good to get back and not have squat toilets. It is nice to have quiet streets and people who speak your language. I am grateful to have had this experience and I will never forget it. I would do it again. Thank you, everyone who helped us get to China. I can’t thank you enough. Avalon... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Kuranda July 18th 2017

My first week back in Australia was great as I went camping with a friend I hadn’t seen for a long time. I found that, although I missed China, it was nice to be back – even though I accidentally kept saying thank you in Chinese. Being away from my class was good – I was getting pretty sick of them by the end. I definitely miss the fact that we had little to no school over our time in China. On the day I got home, mum cooked a huge feast and gave me chopsticks with which to eat. It’s taken a while to get back into the habit of eating with a knife and fork. Although I miss China, it’s good to be home and I can’t wait for the Chinese students to come ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Kuranda July 18th 2017

My first week back home was very strange. I had to get used to everything again. My mum and dad took me out to Black Mountain Road, then through Milla Milla and back home again. It was such fun. I missed the forest and the fresh air. I slept the whole of the second day back, only coming out to eat. When mum took me out shopping, I bought lots of chocolate and biscuits. They were yum. I spent time with my mum because I really missed her, and my Nan, too. My dad was really busy but he spent as much time with me as he could. The things I miss about China are the tomato and egg dish, the sweet pork and a few other things. I miss my home-stay family and their dog. ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Kuranda July 18th 2017

Back in Australia… I honestly thought being back in Australia would feel a lot different to what it actually does. I thought I would get a bit of a shock but, to be honest, I think I’m just really glad to be back home more than anything. It is funny not having a strict schedule everyday and not always having somewhere where you need to be. It’s nice to be able to come home to some peace and quiet and just relax a bit. One of the things I miss about China is the food, even though I got a bit sick of eating rice three times a day, seven days a week, I miss certain dishes like the egg- plant dish (I can’t remember its actual name) that was SO YUM! It is definitely good ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Kuranda July 18th 2017

Home at last. What an incredible experience the last five weeks have been in China…though arriving home and seeing the family was awesome, I was so excited and tears came to my eyes when I saw my mum and brother. It was a little weird to look around and see the streets filled with western people and to hear everyone speaking English and of course I kept going to say things like thank you in Chinese without realising. No one was staring at you or secretly taking pictures or videos of you…we are no longer like celebrities and I have to admit I might miss the attention a bit. The streets are really quiet here in Cairns compared to China, not so much hustle and bustle and what seems like craziness in the traffic. When we ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Kuranda June 3rd 2017

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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Kuranda June 25th 2016

The next day started with a sunrise bird walk where I saw the Rufous Fantails, Wompoo Pigeons, and Figbirds from the previous day but little else, followed by a very nice breakfast provided by Cassowary House with a good selection of tropical fruit that I enjoyed very much. Though the best thing about breakfast were the birds that joined us for it. Food was left out for the birds, and the first thing I saw there was my second highest priority species from Cassowary House – a Victoria’s Riflebird. Actually there were three riflebirds around, an adult male and female and a juvenile male that was starting to grow adult plumage. They were not shy at all, coming down to the feeder for a few seconds then back into the nearby trees sitting in nice view ... read more




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