Living in the outback for a week…
…I’ve become dark as a native lol.
No. Almost 😀
Well, I decided to go on rural placement this semester and was super stoked when I got it! In 4th year pharmacy we have to go on 2 one week placements for a semester – either rural, hospital or community pharmacy. Placement is basically just like ‘work experience’ I guess 😀 It’s been busy leading up to it and whilst I was there, hence why I haven’t been blogging.
Anyways, I decided to go to Thursday Island with my friend, which is extremely remote. It’s way up north of Australia – I live in Sydney – and to get there, I had to catch two flights and a ferry. Phew! We had problems with the airlines in getting there and going back though.
Problem #1 – Lost Luggage
As I mentioned, you needed to catch 2 flights and a ferry. So basically, Sydney -> Cairns -> Horn Island, then catch a ferry to Thursday Island. The flight to Cairns was where I encountered my first problem. We flew with an airline called Virgin Australia to get to Cairns and had checked in luggage. I waited at the carousel for my luggage to go by but as the number of suitcases dwindled and with my luggage nowhere in sight…I knew something was wrong.
Yup, Virgin Australia “misplaced” my luggage.
I wasn’t happy at all, naturally. I had another flight to catch in an hour and had to sort everything out with the airline, trying to politely explain to them that they had fricken lost my luggage and I was travelling to Thursday Island, which, no offence, is a hole and they better get it to me somehow.
They did eventually – though I was with 2 days without my clothes. I was doing work experience for the first day wearing flip-flops – really professional. Of course, I explained it to the pharmacists there and they were understanding. But it still was very inconvenient without having my stuff there!
Problem #2 – Cancelled Flight
Going back: Horn Island -> Cairns -> Sydney
Yeah, our flight got cancelled at Horn Island. This time is was another airline – Qantas. So we were stuck in the airport for a few hours and by the time we reached Cairns, there were no more flights back to Sydney. We had to stay the night in Cairns. That wasn’t too bad, just only the fact that Qantas didn’t pay for our accommodation even though it was there fault that we had missed our 2nd flight. We were exhausted and just really wanted to get home to Sydney 🙁
The Overall Experience – Amazing!
Apart from the horrible bad luck with the airlines, I had a wonderful time at Thursday Island! The people there are extremely friendly! Everywhere we went, people smiled and said hello and were quite eager to help us. The pharmacists and workers in the pharmacy were lovely as well. Thursday Island itself I admit is a bit of a ‘hole’ but it was nice and simple, despite the really humid weather. The moment you step out, you’re literally sweating and sticky. There wasn’t much to do but it was beautiful because anywhere you looked, you would either see crystalline, sparkling water or mountains.
We tried out a yoga class there though. It’s situated in such a picturesque place – you get a lovely view of the sea and mountains in front of you. Unfortunately, my friend and I jumped straight into the advanced classes without any prior experience and pretty much died. I have terrible balance and pretty much zero upper/lower body strength hahaha. Though I definitely to want to pick up yoga this year – though maybe I should start with the basic classes 😀
We also attempted to go swimming but by the time we finished work, it was low tide and too hard to reach the water. Apparently, there’s crocodiles too so we just laid on the sand and watched the sun set 🙂
Overall, I really enjoyed it!
I’ll definitely be doing a Bookworm post this week 😀 I’ve just received my copy of ‘The Wild Girl’ by Kate Forsyth. She’s the same author of Bitter Greens that I mentioned last year, which happened to be one of my favourite books of 2012. I’ve finished the book in about a day – and my verdict? Well I guess I’ll save that for my next post 🙂
Wow that sounds so cool to go somewhere remote to work! I’d love to do that! I looked up Thursday Island. Wow that is so far from Sydney and you can almost touch Indonesia!
I’m always paranoid about lost luggage. How can one airline keep track of all that luggage?! I keep everything important as carry-on. Haha wearing flip-flops at work sounds so funny! I’m glad everyone was understanding!
Omg that’s ridiculous they didn’t pay for your acommodation! I don’t think they are allowed to do that here! I’m sorry the flying part was horrible but I guess it’s not completely avoidable when there are so many transfers.
And I saw pictures of Thursday Island it is sooo beautiful. The weather sounds disgusting though haha.
Lying on island watching sun set … that is beautiful. I’m so glad you had a great time even if the airlines didn’t help!
Lol I’m really annoying when it comes to the web hosting stuff, sorry. =( You are such a lovely host and person! But there’s no need to change my subdomain. I really love how I made it Talk Sanghee! I just didn’t like the idea of my name as my blog. Problem has been solved though.
Going Crazy is my favorite song all time!!!!
Hi Misaki! I got my blog up and running, so thank you so much! 😀
And the whole traveling to and from the island sounds like a nightmare! I think it’s really unfortunate to have one mishap, but you had two during both the departing and return flights, that’s so crazy. But I’m glad you had an awesome time on the actual island. I think I would have chosen the remote place too, because you never know when you would come across the same opportunity to get to travel to someplace different. Good choice!