Meeting fiance sparked lady's love affair with Australia
WIDE, open spaces, beautiful coastline, there's a myriad of differences between Australia and Poland.
For Malwina Bakalarek, meeting her Australian fiance at a Krakow hostel sparked not one, but two love affairs.
The trained psychologist, due to be married in July, has another love, Australia.
"Australia is very different to Poland," she said.
"Poland is very densely populated. I love nature and open space."
The 28-year-old foreigner hopes to make Australia her permanent home, after arriving here for the second time, at the end of November, last year.
Ms Bakalarek spent time in Victoria before following her surveyor fiance north to Gladstone last December.
After a brief visit back to Poland for her July wedding, Ms Bakalarek hoped to find permanent work within her field of expertise when she returned to Gladstone.
"I'm getting married in Poland in a month-and-a-half and am back in July when I will be looking for an internship in psychology as well as more training opportunities to get more experience," she said.
In the meantime, the bubbly psychologist has been volunteering at Welcoming International Neighbours, as well as battling a small bout of homesickness.
"My family is all from Poland so I'm pretty homesick but I'm here for my fiance," she laughed.