August 10, 2022


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Impressions of Meeker from a foreign trade university student | Rio Blanco Herald Times

Lea Knapp is an exchange university student from South Tyrol, Italy.

MEEKER | Meeker continues to be fairly undiscovered so it’s often intriguing to hear an outsider’s issue of look at about their perception of the local community. At the substantial faculty this year we have two overseas exchange learners this 7 days we’ll listen to from Lea Knapp from Italy. 

Lea is being with Blaine and Ann Franklin this year. Knapp is from a tiny village in northern Italy identified as South Tyrol. Tyrol, like Meeker, is surrounded by mother nature and is a well-liked destination for climbing, skiing and biking. The abundance of character we have listed here makes her feel much more at property in Meeker. For the reason that of the placement of her village, Lea’s very first language is German, but she also speaks Italian, English and French. 

With the holiday break time coming up, it will be interesting to see what she thinks of our american holidays. In Italy they do not celebrate Halloween or Thanksgiving and their Xmas is also a very little distinctive. Their most vital vacations are Christian vacations like Xmas, Easter and All Saints. 

When she first arrived to Meeker she was pretty amazed. She claimed, “It was like I thought it would be. I definitely like the smaller town, with a large amount of wildlife and mother nature all around it.” For the time that she’s been here, she’s loved the diverse society and observing the architecture right here. 

As envisioned, the Italian and American delicacies are rather diverse. Back in Italy they eat much more pizza, potatoes and pasta somewhat than the mainly meat dishes we have below. Aside from family members, Italian and Tyrolean foodstuff is what she misses most. 

It’s also interesting to listen to how the Italian governing administration handled the COVID-19 pandemic. Colleges had been the first to shut when COVID-19 broke out and considerably like here they had been underneath the impact that they would be in a position to go again right after a couple of months. That naturally did not happen. Only folks with required jobs got to go to operate and you experienced to have a vital motive to go away the property. Like most of the U.S. they bought put into quarantine. Even though theirs was a great deal much more enforced. They experienced troopers and law enforcement officers in each city implementing the keep at household order. After two months in quarantine they were being equipped to leave the property with no providing the officers a explanation. 

Now in Italy things have little by little long gone back again to the new typical. Colleges are open yet again and they take part in athletics. They even now wear masks when social distancing is not probable or inside of stores. 

All round, Meeker has impressed Lea with its scenery and modest city vibe. It is been a little little bit of a cultural shock and she undoubtedly misses home. She suggests that she is additional than happy with her final decision and she looks ahead to what is to appear.

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