PLEASANT CHANGE: Joyce Koroma and her daughter Elia, 5, celebrate Christmas early at WIN’s Port City Language Cafe.
PLEASANT CHANGE: Joyce Koroma and her daughter Elia, 5, celebrate Christmas early at WIN’s Port City Language Cafe. Kirsten Cunningham

Family happy to be back in the tropics

WHEN Joyce Koroma first came to Australia nearly eight years ago, she said stepping off the plane in Canberra was like opening the fridge door and getting hit in the face with cold air.

"We'd just spent four years living in the Caribbean in Trinidad and Tobago and you could say we had gotten used to the warm weather!" she said.

Mrs Koroma left her hometown of Lusaka in Zambia nearly 12 years ago.

After four years in the Caribbean, four years in Canberra and then three years in Brisbane, the family moved to Gladstone in August.

"My husband works in emergency medicine, so we moved here so he could work at the hospital in Gladstone," she said.

"I love the weather and am very happy to be in back in the tropics."

Mrs Koroma attended the Port City Language Cafe with her daughter Elia, 5.

"She loves her cousins and when people ask how many brothers and sisters, she counts them all and says 18!" Mrs Koroma said.



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