I had to see Trieste


On the 11.00 train, I am sitting opposite a 20-something Northern-European looking young man. Green and black polo, a big backpack. He cranes his neck to look at Miramare castle and the Gulf of Trieste in the background. We start a conversation.

He is Belgian. He left Belgium two days ago and travelled throughout Northern Italy by train “I had to come and see Trieste. I study literature and I simply could not keeping on postponing this. I had to see the city where Joyce, Svevo, Saba lived and worked”.

“Thank you for coming to my home town. Especially in days like these, we need to love Europe even more. You are most welcome in Trieste”.

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