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And So It Begins...............................

Just horsing around !!


On 8th February I made my way to Brisbane Domestic Airport to catch the QF1768 Quantas flight to Mackay, departing at 2:25PM. Scary how fast the last week has gone actually..........I thought I had so much more time in Brissy but it turns out that when you're having fun the time seems to go quicker!? I somehow manage to repack my case - although not as well as it was when I arrived - and make my way to the airport again. Arriving in plenty of time I quickly check in and go through security. Why is that I always get pulled aside for those bomb testings??? Am I THAT suspicious......??? Anyway all goes smoothly and I quickly gather up my stuff to find my gate. :)
In Mackay I stayed at a hostel called 'Geckos Rest' (http://www.geckosrest.com.au/ which actually turns out be pretty ok! But I am really unprepared for the humidity there........I mean WOAH!!!! The air con in the dorm room is my saving grace..............If I go outside then I only stay out there as long as needed then it's all hurry hurry back to the bliss and comfort of the dorm room! haha! :) I don't wander too far from the hostel due to the humidity and of course the fact that i don't really know it that well! I make it to the big shopping center 'Canelands' where I find the food court to be a really good place to eat! There's a healthy sandwich place which does salads, smoothies, juices, jacket potatoes and basically the complete opposite to what the other fast food joints are selling! They do a mean fruit salad for breakfast and I also get a big slice of their banana cake which turns out to be amazing! :D So this is basically where I come for food whilst I'm in Mackay, the only other place I visit is a newsagent to buy a magazine or two (which actually has a free black dress/cover-up with it ! Bonus!). I do also do a recckie to find out where the Greyhound Bus picks up from :) . I do a book switch at the hostel's book exchange and find one I haven't read but wanted to: 'Memoires of A Geisha'. So I just lie on my bed, with the air con on and read, read, read like I've never read before!
So on 10th February I again repack my stuff, check out of the hostel (albeit a bit late...........they thought I was staying another night as I hadn't checked out at the right time!!! They didn't charge me though as there was no way I was going to spend 3-4 hours outside sweating when I didn't need to!!! I <3 aircon!) I find my way to the petrol station to wait for my bus, buying a drink there when I arrive. I do start to wonder if I've missed it as it seems to take a while to turn up but I find out later that this bus does tend to be a bit late!!! Thankfully!!! So when it does arrive, I make myself known to the bus driver, let him take my big backpack and then board the bus. It doesn't take long to get to Ilbilbie so I'm soon met by Gary at the Roadhouse and driven back to the Ranch. (Gary is the caretaker and looks after the place whilst Rebecca and Darren are at work in the mines.) He shows me around my accommodation http://quiethorses.weebly.com/accomodation.html which turns out to be really nice!!!!! I unpack my shower bits, take a lovelt, refreshing one and then get dressed before continuing to unpack. It isn't long before I'm all done and am back talking to Gary waiting for Rebecca and Darren to get back from work. I really think I am going to like this place, the horses I've seen look gorgeous and the place is beautiful. I'm so pleased I have the opportunity to work here, I think I'm going to learn a whole lot............................. :) xxx

Posted by Sunshine_Sarah 22:15 Archived in Australia Tagged animals flying airport adventure work flights airplanes learning horse_ranch

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Well written Sarah! Oh boy, I could really feel that heat! It really seems a million miles away from home comforts! What an amazing experience for you! Love Caz x

by Carolyn Collins

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