From the catwalks of Denmark to Bassett Park
THE wide open spaces of the Maranoa are a far cry from Danish municipality of Børkop where she grew up, but that hasn’t stopped Rotary exchange student Mira Obling from feeling at home in Roma.
“Yes, it is (different),” she said, laughing.
“It is a good kind of difference though, I really believe Roma grows on you.
“I’ve got great friends here, I’ve just had the time of my life.”
Having spent the last 10 months with various home-stay families around Roma and going to school at St John’s Catholic School, her favourite part about living out west has been the people she has met.
“I like the idea of going down town and people wave to me and say ‘hey Mira’. They smile when I smile. It’s a great experience feeling a part of the community,” she said.
That’s something she hadn’t experienced back home in Denmark.
“I think because Roma’s such a small town and an outback town, (everyone) really try a lot to make it more interesting and make people stay and it works. It really does work.”
Mira got a chance to do her bit for Roma on Saturday when a friend called her at 8am asking if she could fill in for her at the Zonta Ladies Race Day fashion parade.
It wasn’t until she arrived that she realised she was expected to model the outfits.
As luck would have it, treading the lawn in front of the Zonta Ladies’ luncheon with partners David Watson and Will Britts was almost second-nature for the Danish teenager.
The 16-year-old has previously appeared on Danish national TV, gliding down the catwalks for the fifth season of Denmark’s Next Top Model and making it through to the final five contestants, back in 2014.
Now that she’s tasted life in the outback, Mira is due to return home in two months’ time. But she’s not so keen on the idea.
“Of course you miss your family and you miss everything at home but I just really love it here and the idea of leaving it and everyone behind is devastating,” she said, with faint traces of ‘strayan mingling with her Danish accent.
And she will be missed, said Rotary Club of Roma president Des Dore.
“She’s been an excellent exchange student and a wonderful ambassador for her country,” Mr Dore said.
“She very quickly settled into the Australian version of English, and she’s also picked up our humour, which a lot of exchange people don’t do.
“We’ve been very lucky with our exchange students over the years... Mira is part of the team, she insists on getting involved and that sort of thing. She’s been very pleasant to have around.”