Texan finds we’re friendly bunch in Gladstone
SHE came here as a Christmas present, but now Barbara Conway hopes to be much more to the community of Gladstone.
This week's Welcome Wednesday has so far been involved anything she can in her short time of living here.
Mrs Conway moved to Gladstone in late December from Dallas, Texas after her husband relocated here for work on Curtis Island.
"I was his Christmas present - he knew I was coming, but he kept saying you better make it here for Christmas," she said.
Since moving to Gladstone Mrs Conway has become involved in a number of community organisations.
"I do craft on Tuesdays and I'm also involved with Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours, and I've been attending city council meetings ... I've met so many people from various countries, I think that is what makes life interesting."
"Some people say, 'it's such a small town, there's nothing going on' but it's like any place, you could be in New York City ... you make the best or worst of it," she said.
Although she and her partner had not travelled further than Rockhampton or Bundaberg, she has a few places in mind.
"We have to be able to drive there and get back in one day, hopefully we'll get a couple more days because the more people I meet the longer the list gets of things I want to do," she said.
She joked she may have to live here for 20 years to complete that list.
"But that's fine with me if everything is as beautiful as this - if this is winter and I don't have a snow shovel in my hand, I'm pretty darn happy!
"The climate is one of my favourite things and the people.
"Grocery shopping can be a challenge when you're in a different country, but I can go up to a stranger and just ask them where something is and they will not only tell me where it is but also tell me several recipes for that too."