Beautiful Planet, Ugly World.

This is Manchester, we do things differently here.


A few hours after my last post there was a horrific attack on my home town, Manchester.

It hasn’t felt right to post anything since.

Last night there was another attack in the capital on London bridge and I just feel compelled to write my bit. Not because I feel like I have the answers, or because I feel like my opinions on the attacks are important, but because I started writing so I had something to look back on and remember what happened in the lead up to my trip for years to come.

I don’t want to forget what happened on 22nd May and I will forever remember the innocent victims, who lost their lives and were injured in the horrific attack. 22 fatalities, 60 injured, 5.2 miles away from my home. 

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Alex works in St Anne’s Square where all the flowers and gifts for the victims have been lay. She has been sending us updates of her view and it really is so powerful to see the City come together and show our solidarity during these difficult times. 

In the United Kingdom there have been 3 attacks in 3 months. Westminster, Manchester and London Bridge. Innocent people going about their lives. Walking around the city during the day, young children and families at a concert and being out on a Saturday night.

Although these incidents are equally as horrific, it is important to focus on the hero’s in this situation, the emergency services. These people put their lives in danger to save ours and for that I am eternally grateful. 

Keep the victims in your thoughts but it is important to live your life to the fullest and remember to always be kind. 

Speak soon,

Hannah x


It’s The Little Things

Language Barrier?


Mum gave me this yesterday and I absolutely cracked up! I can tell i’m going to have endless fun with this during the build up and once I get to Aus. 

It took a while for Mum and Dad to come round to the idea that I was disappearing for a year and only recently are they starting to engage in more conversations about me going. They’ve always been supportive but I’ve not long been back from 3 years at uni and I think they secretly love having me around! 

Of course I will miss them like crazy too and this present really made me realise that its going to be the little things that I will miss. 

Apart from the obvious ones like thongs being flip flops, one of my favourites is that household linen in Aus is known as manchester! Not sure how true they are but I will try them out and let you know how I get on!

It works both ways because I can’t wait to test the Aussie’s on their knowledge and introduce them to some Mancunian slang!

Speak soon,

Hannah x

P.s Tomorrow marks 14 weeks till the big day!