Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing life on the other side of the planet

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

EVEN af­ter first vis­it­ing 25 years ago, Marie-Claire Huls­man has loved the dif­fer­ences in life­style and cul­ture com­pared to her home in Bel­gium.

“I’m from the Gayn­dah sis­ter city of Zon­hoven and I first vis­ited when the sis­ter city pro­gram started,” Mrs Huls­man said.

“It is com­pletely dif­fer­ent where I live, we have a lot more in­hab­i­tants but we have much denser com­mu­ni­ties too.”

Mrs Huls­man was able to see how Aus­tralia gained its rep­u­ta­tion for wide open spa­ces.

“We don’t have the space you have here, there is so much more coun­try­side but fewer peo­ple and that is com­pletely dif­fer­ent from where we are from,” Mrs Huls­man said.

“Also your ru­ral environment with the or­chards, the cat­tle and the way you make your liv­ing. It’s all com­pletely dif­fer­ent.”

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

VISI­TORS: An­gelina Di Perna, Roger Bas and Marie-Claire Huls­man from Zon­hoven learn about cat­tle from Stu­art Kirk.

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