OPINION: Why I left Toowoomba for the Sunshine Coast
AFTER hearing the Nepalese hairdresser Sirjana Adhikari chose Toowoomba over the Sunshine Coast when she moved to Australia with husband Rajan six years ago, we were struck by one question -- why?
She told Toowoomba Chronicle, our sister paper : "I was going to go to the Sunshine Coast, but I thought Toowoomba is a little cooler so I chose here".
Shocked that anyone would choose Toowoomba over the Sunshine Coast, no matter what weather they prefer, we asked Daily journalist Stuart Cumming to weigh in.
He moved to the Coast from Toowoomba earlier this year.
Why I left Toowoomba for the Sunshine Coast
THERE is an element of surgical precision in the way a Toowoomba winter breeze can cut straight through your body.
It must be surgical, because you somehow survive- despite feeling like you have been opened up.
I endured that breeze through years of junior sport, walking to university classes and then travelling to and from work.
It was a motivating factor to make sure I stuck with a career that could mostly be spent indoors.
I realised that life didn't have to be like that, but couldn't see how I was going to make the change happen.
Eventually, an opportunity arose to take a good job at a place which held many happy holiday memories.
It was a place where it was nice to be outside year round.
The Sunshine Coast.
Since my move here in April I have worn a jumper three times, two of those when I was back in Toowoomba visiting family.
The weather and the beaches drew me, and I would guess a large percentage of new arrivals, to the Coast.
Toowoomba was a great city in which to work and live, except for the cold.
That negative (degrees) element is now two-and-a-half hours up the road and I have retained the bits I liked.