Yes, Dutch high school students have cell phones. And no, most don't drive cars.
These were just some of the clarifications and statements made Friday by a group of about 17 Dutch exchange students to Golden Valley High School students at a question-and-answer forum in the school's theater.
The group arrived last weekend and stayed for a week at the homes of several Golden Valley High School students. They also attended classes and took short trips to Yosemite and Monterey.
After a weekend trip to San Francisco, they'll head back to Holland on Sunday.
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The students attend Stedelijk Dalton Lyceum in Dordrecht, a city of 118,390 in the Dutch province of South Holland.
For 17-year old Jan Huber, the biggest difference between Dordrecht and Merced is that everything is larger in Merced -- the streets, the homes and the physical size of the city.
There's also a lot more fast food here, he added.
He said he'd like to return to Merced someday, and he's considering applying to UC Merced.
In April, a group of Golden Valley High School students will stay with the families of the Dutch students in Holland.
This year is the first time the school participated in the cultural exchange program.
Tina Spurlock, a Golden Valley English teacher, helped put together the exchange.
Reporter Jamie Oppenheim can be reached at (209) 385-2407 or firstname.lastname@example.org.