ENJOYING GLADSTONE: Colombian-born Sandra Castaneda is new to Gladstone.
ENJOYING GLADSTONE: Colombian-born Sandra Castaneda is new to Gladstone.

Environment and people a plus for Colombian

FROM "Buenas" to G'day, Gladstone resident Sandra Castaneda is settling in nicely to the Aussie culture.

Originally from Colombia, the 25-year-old has been very happy since moving to Australia one-and-a-half years ago.

Castaneda and husband Oscar have been transferred to Gladstone from Brisbane to run the Guzman Y Gomez in Stockland shopping centre and love it.

"I've always wanted to move to a small town because it's better for my English which I'm working on," Castaneda said.

"We're planning on being in Australia for a long time because we love the environment and the people."

Castaneda is enjoying all our city has to offer.

"My favourite ... is the parks and being able to walk or cycle around the marina," she said. "I also try and catch a movie on the weekends or go to The Reef hotel."

Castaneda is a mathematics teacher and is planning to study in Gladstone to become qualified once she has her English down pat.

"I also really enjoy engineering because I just can't get enough of number crunching," she said.

Castaneda volunteers at WIN and in early childhood care, all to strengthen her English skills.



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