IRRESISTIBLE: German traveller Nena Frenkel returned to Gladstone after her exchange trip in 2011.
IRRESISTIBLE: German traveller Nena Frenkel returned to Gladstone after her exchange trip in 2011. Mike Richards

Exchange student drawn back to Tannum

NENA Frenkel is Gladstone's biggest fan.

The 20-year-old German loves everything about central Queensland, revisiting the town after four years.

Ms Frenkel did an exchange at Tannum Sands High in 2011 and couldn't resist coming back.

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She is from Wettendorf, a small town of 150 people near Hamburg in Germany.

"I was in Year 11 and went to Tannum from July 2011 to April 2012," she said.

"It was so fun being in school and it was sad when I left. That's why I wanted to come back."

She is intrigued by the relaxed nature of Aussies.

"The people in Australia are so chilled but people in Germany are so organised, everything is in order."

"With Australians, if it doesn't happen today it will happen tomorrow," she said with a laugh.

Ms Frenkel can't get enough of the beach, choosing Tannum Sands originally due to it being close to the ocean.

"I had a map of a few schools and I chose that one. It was closest to the beach," she said.

Ms Frenkel, a handball player, said her English has improved since she returned.

She's also learnt to do the outdoor activities offered at our doorstep.

"I've been tubing, fishing, standup paddle boarding and road tripping," she said.

Ms Frenkel has plans to return to Germany and wants to enrol in an event management degree at university.



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