Oh dear, we seem to be having problems with the student log in system. I am sure that it will be fixed soon. In the meantime, while we wait to hear from Xuan we can chat. Thanks you for all the comments on the May Day post and I was interested to read who you were all spending May Day holiday round the world. Ana Paula, I am glad that you got onto the PC while your sister was in the shower. Hyoshil, Thailand does have crazy golf courses, but its too hot to use them at the moment as there is generally no shade. Good luck with the competition, Chaos, and Filipo, spending your day off as a couch potato sounds good to me. I hope it was relaxing. Beatriz - I am sorry that there WERE not MANY THINGS (or there WAS NOT MUCH) to do on your holiday, but I hope you enjoyed it anyway.
I am back in the internet café, but this time I am prepared. Last time I was attacked by hordes of mosquitoes and got peppered with bites. So this time, I am absolutely lathered in insect repellant. And I have brought crayons and a coloring book for Josh. He is still pretending to type like mummy on the next terminal, though.
We are having a smashing time by the beach. We had a magical moment on Thursday evening, right after I wrote my last blog. Josh and I pootled back to the room and we all got our cossies on ready to go swimming. The suddenly, the skies opened and we were hit by torrential rain. Whilst everyone else in the resort was racing for cover, we were running to get outside to the pool. For 10 minutes we splashed and jumped about in the pool while the rain came tipping down. We spend so much of our normal lives complaining about rain and trying not to get wet (I’m thinking about me getting to the office in my suit in the mornings, here…) so it was totally liberating just to be able to run about in the rain. It was a really wonderful family moment. How about you – tell me about some of your ‘magical moments’.
I have another one! The first time I saw Mount Everest. Steve and I visited Nepal a few years ago and walked the trek up to Mount Everest base camp. It is a fairly arduous hike, but quite doable if you are reasonably fit and you don’t need any specialist climbing gear to do it. There is a point on the trek, after a village called Namche Bazaar, when you come round a corner and suddenly, in the distance, you can see the top of the world. I have to admit I cried. How often in your life do you get to see something so rare and special? I remember, Steve and I sat for ages just staring at it. Then we plodded on down the track to the next tea house for a cup of mint tea and some chocolate.
So, please tell me about your magical moments and explain why they were special.
(Vocabulary challenge now. In the previous 2 paragraphs, how many synonyms can you find for ‘walk’ or ‘run’. You have to find at least 3 verbs and 2 nouns)
Well done to those of you who worked out the previous vocabulary challenge. Maione among others was correct with the definition of ‘beat the crowds’ which means in my blog ‘to avoid the traffic’. I t can also mean, as Naheed pointed out ‘to avoid large crowds of people. Chiladi from Germany got the other one right; ‘my neck of the woods’ is a reference to a physical location, and in my blog I meant that Xuan lives not far away from me (Vietnam is in the same ‘neck of the woods’ as Thailand, being located in South East Asia). One final word for you. Suzy in Malaysia said she was eating ‘breakfast cum lunch’ with her hubby. There is a nice word to describe this meal which is BRUNCH. Steve and I like to have brunch with the kids at weekends.
Here are the corrections of the sentences:
(1) In THE first place, water and ice
(2) I can rely on FRUIT and vegetables for a long time without ever missing the MEAT or anything else
(3) I HAD never thought that fridges COULD tell us about PEOPLE
(4) ANYWAY I liked the BEACH PHOTOS (or) PHOTOS OF THE BEACHES
(5) PEOPLE who live in THE city (or URBAN AREAS) are able to USE FRIDGES
OK everyone, I’m back off to the beach with Josh. I have become addicted to the hotel’s café lattes so I need another cup. I will tell you more about our holiday and show you some snaps on Monday night, when we get back to Bangkok. In the meantime, can you guess the definitions of the vocabulary (hordes, peppered, lathered, cossies, arduous, gear)? Remember to use the context of the word to guess the meanings.
Bye for now,
Anne and Josh
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