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Bulger's Beat: Nashville welcomes students from sister cities

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Nashville's sister cities program has brought some international flair to our town this week, as college students from Argentina and high schoolers from South Korea arrived to learn and have some fun in Music City.

Our students visit there, and their students visit here in a program designed to promote peace and understanding of different lives and cultures. Education and entertainment are also in that plan.

A group of college students who recently sat around a table at Bongo Java didn't come to Nashville from Argentina to learn about coffee. South Americans kind of have that covered.

They came to learn about business, so they listened to a success story.

Owner Bob Bernstein shared more than a coffee cup of "dos and don'ts" he has learned in the past 20 years.

"Don't open up a business unless you really can't do anything else, because it's difficult. But if you really want it, you'll make it," he said.

The students' trip isn't all work and no play.

The Jack Daniel Distillery, honky tonks and hockey slapshots all left a North American mark.

"I have seen a lot of Nashville," one student said. "We went to an ice hockey game. It was very, very good."

Down the road at Second Harvest Food Bank, the South Korean contingent learned something about the Volunteer State by volunteering and learning about a strange day in October.

"Halloween. We don't have Halloween. We don't have that at all," a student said.

Belmont University classrooms, the Civil War exhibit at Tennessee State Museum and Jack's Barbecue are just a few of the sites the exchange students will hit this week.

To learn more about the Sister Cities of Nashville program and its student exchanges, visit: http://www.scnashville.org/index.html.

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