Melanie Paro at a German school


Melanie Parro

Melanie Parro

My 4th High School year was a bit different, I decided to participate in a project, named “One year in L2 [the second language]”, that gives you the opportunity to change school for one year to attend a German one, in order to improve your social, cultural and language competences. I think it is an interesting initiative, an experience that I would suggest. I found myself in a “new world”, with new teachers, new classmates, a new timetable and a new working method. At the beginning I felt as if I was “alone”, in fact I didn’t know anybody in that huge school, I was even unable to find my classroom the first day I came in, the big it was! I remember perfectly the first time I entered the classroom and all the students turned round and started looking at me as if I was an “alien”, at that point I took all my courage and in one fell swoop I said; «Hallo-ich-bin-die-neue-italienische-Schuelerin», some started to smile and even to laugh when I realized that I wasn’t the only exchange-student, among them there were at least 8 more Italian students coming from a different Italian school. I started to socialize not only with those Italian students, but also with the German ones. I began to speak German with them, although some of them could speak my language very fluently. I was pleasantly surprised by the quick integration I had with my German classmates, they were open-minded. The teachers were also very nice, expert and excellent in their subjects, but also quite demanding. I found some difficulties at the beginning, not only with the language, but also with the burden of work. I wasn’t always able to understand the terminology of the texts or some difficult concepts, but I worked hard in order to reach good scores, I was a little stressed. Fortunately, I had also a tutor that helped me during the week, after school with my homework and with the comprehension and the elaboration of what I had to study. She was a very nice person, we almost became friends. I remember, during the Christmas-Holidays I was uncertain because I had to choose if I wanted to go on with that school until the end of the school year, or if I wanted go back to mine. Some Italian students returned to their school and finally, after having given it some thought, I decided to stay. I worked harder during the second term, I was determined until the end and I succeeded. The positive aspects of this experience are, for example, the improvement of my German language, by speaking with my new friends, this helped me to reach the B2 German Certificate. I knew a lot of new people, especially “friends of friends” and I had a lot of fun. I developed my capacity in adapting to different social contexts, and I improved my determination in the achievement of my goals. I think all this was worthwhile.


© Melanie Paro


Dead Man’s Folly by Agatha Christie

AUTHOR : Agatha Christie




PAGES : 288

AUTHOR’S LIFE : Agatha Christie was born on 15 September 1890 in Torquay. She was a famous writer of detective stories. Her father was American and her mother British. She died in Wallingford on 12 January 1976.




A big party with many attractions was celebrated in a luxurious country house. The famous writer of detective stories, Ariadne Oliver organized a kind of “treasure hunt” by which guests had to unlock the secrets of a fake murder.

Poirot was invited to attend the celebration.

While on his way to Nasse House, Poirot gave a ride to two young hitchhikers, a Dutch and an Italian. Once there, Mrs. Oliver told him to expect several changes to the original plan, and that an actual murder might take place.

The members of the house were George Stubbs, the owner, his much younger wife, Hattie, Amy Folliat, the only survivor of the family that once owned the house, and Michael Wyman, a guest.

On the day of the hunt, Hattie discovered that her cousin, Etienne Sousa was coming to see her and she seemed quite scared. At the party a young scout, Marlene Tuckers, had to play the part of the dead, and was located in the boathouse waiting for people to arrive, when someone suddenly approached.

It was some time later that Poirot and Mrs. Oliver discovered the dead body of Marlene in the boathouse, and it also turned out that Hattie had disappeared.

The investigation focused on Etienne De Sousa, a rich young man.

Another possible suspect was Amanda Brewis, the secretary of George who was in love with him.

Poirot’s attention catalyzed on Amy Folliat, who seemed to know much more than what she wanted to admit. After the sailor Merdel died, the investigator found out who the grandfather of Marlene was. At this point Poirot succeeded in putting together various clues: Marlene had said that her grandfather had seen someone bury a woman in the woods. Marlene was the kind that could blackmail the culprit and had received small amounts of money just before her death.

At the end, Poirot revealed that George Stubbs was the younger son of Amy Folliat. His mother had made him marry Hattie, a young rich lady. Unbeknownst to Amy, though, George was already married, that is why he killed Hattie, and replaced her with his real wife.

Marlene had discovered the plot and they thought it was better to eliminate her.


This book was exceptional. I found it interesting and full of suspense. Places and characters are all accurately described. I personally like the way Agatha Christie writes.


© Martina Ben

Alice intervista Gianni De Rossi, Tenente Colonnello

– A che età sei entrato nell’esercito?

– 21 anni.

– Perché l’esercito?

– Perchè mi piaceva e un po’ anche per mio padre.

– Quando hai iniziato a credere in questo lavoro?

– Quando ho superato le prove di ammissione, il tirocinio e i primi due anni in accademia.

– Sei mai stato in missione all’estero?

– Sono stato in Bosnia-Erzegovina nel 2002, e per un breve periodo anche in Spagna e Macedonia.

– Sei mai stato chiamato a combattere?

– No.

– Qual’è il tuo grado?

– Tenente Colonnello.

– Cosa fa l’esercito in generale a Bolzano?

– A Bolzano c’è un Comando che ha il compito di supervisionare le Truppe Alpine, in più ci sono gli Elicotteristi che sono specializzati nel volo in montagna.

– Quali sono i tuoi doveri?

– Mi occupo della sicurezza sul lavoro per la mia unità e organizzo corsi di formazione antincendio e di primo soccorso.

– Il tuo lavoro ha un’influenza nella tua vita privata?

– No, non più di tanto.

– È difficile iniziare una carriera militare?

– Ultimamente, sta diventando sempre più difficile.

– A chi consiglieresti la carriera militare? La consiglieresti ai tuoi figli?

– Consiglierei la carriera militare solo alle persone convinte e motivate, perchè è una bella professione, con la possibilità di girare il mondo, ma non va bene per chi non accetta le regole o atteggiamenti formali, come disciplina, sincerità e aspetto formale. Lo stesso anche per i miei figli.

– Se avessi la possibilità di andare indietro nel tempo sceglieresti di nuovo questo lavoro?

– Si, però farei meglio una scuola superiore e mi sforzerei ad imparare le lingue.

– Com’è la partecipazione dell’Italia negli affari internazionali?

– Alta, la partecipazione alle missioni può essere costosa per la Nazione, ma è anche un modo per portare prestigio alla stessa.

(c) Alice De Rossi

(c) Gianni De Rossi 

Gianni è l'uomo nel mezzo. La foto è stata scattata nel 1980 durante un addestramento poco prima del lancio con il paracadute.

Gianni è l’uomo nel mezzo. La foto è stata scattata nel 1980 durante un addestramento poco prima del lancio con il paracadute.