Learning the local lingo
AFTER only eight weeks in Australia, Teresita Rondina is love with Gladstone.
The small, family feel of our town is what she likes most after moving here from Pesaro in Italy.
"I enjoy the town because of its community and it's very good for young families," she said.
Teresita is now calling Gladstone home after her husband was offered a job as a technical manager on Curtis Island.
Their three-year-old daughter Anna-Julia is now at daycare part time.
Teresita has come along in leaps and bounds with the Australian way of life, having previously spoken no English in Italy.
"I learnt French but no English and now I can speak a little bit which is good," she said.
Volunteering at Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours (WIN) and attending regular sessions and evening meetings has allowed Teresita to make local friends.
"I've made maybe four to five friends here already and they are very welcoming," she said.
Back home Teresita was involved in theatre, acting in comedy programs for outer suburbs communities with dialect language.
"There is a film I have made and it is on Facebook, called Il Crogiuolo which is a famous dramatic story," she said.
"I'd like to act here, but I have to find others".
The Rondina family plans to live here until December, when they will head back home for an Italian Christmas.
"People have told me it gets very hot here so we might come back after. It all depends on my husband's job," she said.