Mario’s here. (Yay!) He’s visited before: in January/February 2010, August 2010, October/November 2011, and now August/September 2012. He knows what’s up in the Midwest.
It’s been fun to show him things like Chicago,
Touring your own city/hometown/region can cause you to see things in a new light. For instance, mailboxes. I never thought they were special in any way; Mario did. The same thing with school buses. I also admit to not being impressed by the skyscrapers in Chicago, but guess what! Mario was thrilled.
This time we’ll be eating at a historic Indianapolis steak house (St. Elmo’s), having a labor day barbecue with my family, driving to Bloomington experience the nightlife, attending the Saturday Farmers Market in Bloomington, attending a wedding rehearsal (Mario is excited about this, naturally), and an American-style wedding (my brother’s), and many other small things. Just last night, my father took Mario to a neighbor’s house to see the deer, who flock to their property. Their house was built in the Civil War era, which he loved.
Have you ever been a tourist in your own city? Have you ever shown someone from a different country around your home town? What do you like to show them? What do they like to see?