Hungary for a taste of Oz

BADGE: Anna Kollar wearing her Rotary blazer covered in badges from all over Australia. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

BADGE: Anna Kollar wearing her Rotary blazer covered in badges from all over Australia. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Anna Kollar arrived on Bendigo soil in August of 2013 and hails from Dabas in Hungary.

After a whirlwind three-week tour of tourist icons she settled into a "real" Australian lifestyle as part of the Rotary Student Exchange program.

Firstly, the 40 students toured Adelaide, Cooper Pedy, Uluru, Kings Canyon, Gold Coast, Sydney and, Ms Kollar's favourite, Great Keppel Island.

Although she enjoyed spending time "snorkeling, swimming with turtles and picking coconuts from the tree" she said it was nice to settle into a community like Bendigo.

The students then dispersed into all corners of Australia most heading to capital cities like Melbourne.

Ms Kollar said when she first arrived in Bendigo she was questioning why people were asking her how she was with a smile.

SMILE: Anna enjoying tourist activities. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

SMILE: Anna enjoying tourist activities. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Since then, she has discovered it is just that "everyone is so friendly".

"It is just so homey and I love that I can just walk to school," she said.

"Everyone knows each other here, even when you are just walking down the street."

Ms Kollar decided she wanted to come to Australia for a challenge.

Getting to Australia was always something Ms Kollar wanted to do.

After her brother went on exchange she decided travel was on her to-do list.

In line with Rotary Exchange criteria, students move between a number of families during their stay.

Ms Kollar had six host families, five in the Bendigo region and one in Echuca.

TOUR: Anna and friends at the Bendigo Tram Depot.

TOUR: Anna and friends at the Bendigo Tram Depot.

"It was good because I got to travel with each of them," she said.

"They took me to Tasmania, the Gold Coast, Great Ocean Road and Canberra."

Ms Kollar left Australia today.

She said after this trip she planned to come back to Australia though she was not sure when.

She said she hoped to study tourism at university.

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