Reporter fresh from life on road
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.