Re­porter fresh from life on road

Central and North Burnett Times - - AROUND TOWN -

THE LURE of the un­pre­dictabil­ity of jour­nal­ism has led Emily Smith to set­tle down in re­gional Queens­land.

Af­ter liv­ing the no­madic life, Ms Smith has come to Monto to set­tle as a new re­porter for the Cen­tral and North Bur­nett Times.

Ms Smith is keen to get into com­mu­nity life and set down roots af­ter spend­ing time half­way across the globe.

“My friends would prob­a­bly call me a trav­eller.

“I’m the per­son that they only talk to over the phone and there are ups and downs to be­ing that kind of per­son,” Ms Smith said.

“You usu­ally have the best pho­tos to show off, but you miss ev­ery­one’s 21st birth­day par­ties.”

Trav­el­ling has had its perks though, like the time she was in Sri Lanka and ended up at the home of a lo­cal tuk-tuk driver.

“His wife served us up dhal and he talked us through the his­tory of his coin collection for about three hours.

“Chance ex­pe­ri­ences like that are price­less,” she said.

Ms Smith said jour­nal­ism was an easy fit when it came to a ca­reer choice.

She said it had a lot of sim­i­lar­i­ties with trav­el­ling in that there was no telling what the day would bring.

De­spite mov­ing around a lot, Ms Smith said she had never en­coun­tered any­where like Monto and was keen to see what life was like in a small re­gional com­mu­nity where ev­ery­one seemed to know each other.

WORLDLY: Emily in Laos.

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