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When your virtual pen-friend from the USA visits you at the DIZ Jožef Stefan, Trieste

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Written by: 4BE
May 3, 2017

On the 20th of April a group of students from the Saint Laurens Central School came to visit us all the way from the USA.

We introduced them to our school system and how our school works, then the labs and after a very rich home-made meal that everybody from the class meticulously prepared, we started with the sightseeing walk.
We took them to Vejna, where they were amazed by the view of our bay and the city. The weather was perfect, so we were able to see all the way to Venice. Then we took them down to the Napoleonic path where we got to know each other better and exchanged our Snapchat contacts. We arrived in the village of Kontovel where we went on a stroll on the Fishermen path. We walked towards the castle of Miramare and we visited its inside.
The next day we took them on a sightseeing tour of the city. We saw the cathedral of San Giusto, Piazza Unità, Piazza della Borsa and other most important sights in Trieste. We introduced them to the literary figures of Trieste like Svevo, Joyce and Saba. At the end of the tour we showed them the Narodni Dom where we chatted while drinking original Italian coffee. As they were interested in our presentation of Rižarna, they visited it in the afternoon with teacher Milanič.
They said that Trieste is an awesome city and they wished they lived here.

We were very excited about their visit, but at the same time a bit nervous because we were worried about the impression we were going to leave. To sum up, everybody thinks that the American visit was a great and an interesting experience and we hope to someday return the visit. 

I found it interesting...

“I had to convert every European unit into American units, because otherwise they would not understand.”

“I was really enchanted by their pronunciation. It was melodious and it was the first time for us to hear the original American pronunciation.”

“I was surprised by their clothes, because I expected a more “American style.” In my opinion they were not dressed enough, given the temperatures, and seemed to be very hot.”

“I was shocked by the fact that some of them play three different sports. They are really sporty and active.”