Impressions of Meeker from a foreign exchange university student | Rio Blanco Herald Periods

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

MEEKER | Meeker remains somewhat undiscovered so it is normally interesting to listen to an outsider’s level of check out about their impact of the neighborhood. At the significant college this calendar year we have two foreign trade learners this 7 days we’ll listen to from Lea Knapp from Italy. 

Lea is remaining with Blaine and Ann Franklin this yr. Knapp is from a small village in northern Italy known as South Tyrol. Tyrol, like Meeker, is surrounded by character and is a preferred place for hiking, skiing and biking. The abundance of character we have below would make her truly feel extra at property in Meeker. Mainly because of the placement of her village, Lea’s initially language is German, but she also speaks Italian, English and French. 

With the vacation period coming up, it will be interesting to see what she thinks of our american holidays. In Italy they never celebrate Halloween or Thanksgiving and their Xmas is also a minor different. Their most critical holiday seasons are Christian holidays like Xmas, Easter and All Saints. 

When she initial arrived to Meeker she was really amazed. She claimed, “It was like I thought it would be. I genuinely like the modest city, with a large amount of wildlife and nature about it.” For the time that she’s been in this article, she’s liked the distinctive tradition and viewing the architecture here. 

As predicted, the Italian and American cuisine are rather distinct. Back in Italy they consume additional pizza, potatoes and pasta relatively than the primarily meat dishes we have below. Apart from family members, Italian and Tyrolean food items is what she misses most. 

It’s also intriguing to hear how the Italian authorities taken care of the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools were the very first to shut when COVID-19 broke out and significantly like below they ended up less than the impact that they would be able to go again immediately after a few of months. That definitely didn’t take place. Only people with needed work opportunities acquired to go to operate and you had to have a important cause to leave the household. Like most of the U.S. they obtained put into quarantine. Even though theirs was a great deal additional enforced. They had troopers and police officers in every city enforcing the remain at household buy. Following two months in quarantine they were ready to depart the dwelling without having providing the officers a explanation. 

Now in Italy points have little by little absent back again to the new standard. Educational institutions are open once again and they participate in sports. They continue to have on masks when social distancing is not achievable or within of outlets. 

General, Meeker has impressed Lea with its landscapes and modest city vibe. It’s been a minor little bit of a cultural shock and she undoubtedly misses household. She suggests that she is additional than delighted with her conclusion and she appears to be ahead to what is to appear.


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By SOPHIA GOEDERT