Chilean by the la­goon

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

NAME: Natalia Moreno AGE: 27

HOME: San­ti­ago, Chile

STUN­NING year-round weather, beau­ti­ful scenery, sea­sonal work and a re­laxed vibe.

That win­ning com­bi­na­tion has stamped Air­lie Beach as a firm favourite with the scores of back­pack­ers who flock into North Queens­land for some fun in the sun.

To cel­e­brate the unique draw­card, now fa­mous all over the world, each week we meet one of our in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors who land in our spe­cial slice of par­adise.

To­day, we get to know an in­ter­na­tional busi­ness stu­dent some of you may know al­ready as a wait­ress at Hog’s Breath Cafe in Air­lie Beach.

How long have you been in Air­lie Beach?

Just over 2.5 months now. Be­fore that I was in Syd­ney for a month and Mel­bourne for five months.

Why did you come to Air­lie Beach?

There are no other Chileans here. When I travel I re­ally like to ex­pe­ri­ence new cul­tures and learn a new lan­guage. My English has im­proved a lot.

I did have some friends here who told me it was a good op­tion for work. So I googled it and that con­vinced me to come.

What do you like most about the Whit­sun­days?

I love to live in a small town. I love see­ing the same peo­ple in the street each day. You get to know ev­ery­one eas­ier and build up trust. Ev­ery­one is so friendly.

What’s your favourite at­trac­tion so far?

I went to White­haven about three or four days ago; that was amaz­ing, and I’ve been snorkelling on the Great Bar­rier Reef. I re­ally want to go scuba div­ing. What is your next plan? I’m here on a one-year work­ing hol­i­day visa which runs out soon, but I have the op­tion to ex­tend that which I’m think­ing of do­ing.

What are your tips for other trav­ellers think­ing of com­ing to Air­lie Beach?

Just en­joy your time here. It’s re­ally nice to be here. It’s quiet, not ex­pen­sive and it’s re­ally easy to meet peo­ple and make new friends.

PHOTO: JAMES GRA­HAM

CHILLED-OUT CHILEAN: Natalia Moreno, 27, loves the warm, friendly vibe in Air­lie Beach.

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