Camping and caravanning
Hi Kiran and everyone,
Sounds like you did everything right for your interview Kiran – tried to relax beforehand, got there in plenty of time etc. etc. Fingers crossed you get the job! What was the exam that you had this week? Hope it went well!
Yes I have visited the durbar squares in Patan and Kathmandu as well as in Bhaktapur and all were beautiful… such incredible architecture. I think my favourite was in Patan and we did a fantastic walking tour of the area as well including the ‘Golden Temple’ – have you been there?
We have just returned from a three day music festival, about an hour and a half from my parents' house. We only actually stayed there for two days (more on that later) but it was a lot of fun and we caught up with some friends we hadn’t seen for a while.
Like village fetes, musical festivals are a major feature of the British summer. People go to them to listen to bands, watch theatre and dance performances and chill out in the many stalls and cafes. Kiran you might be interested to know that about 50% of all the stalls at these music festivals seem to sell clothes and jewellery from Nepal and India! The most famous of these festivals is Glastonbury – almost 150,000 people go each year. The one we’ve just been to was a fraction of the size with perhaps 1000 people at most. At many of the festivals people camp in tents or caravans which brings me to the title of my post…
Camping has suddenly become really popular in England and apart from festivals, there are campsites all over the country that people can go to to enjoy the countryside. It’s a lot of fun and Louie absolutely loves it. Here’s a photo of our tent this weekend:
A slightly more upmarket way of camping is in a caravan. I expect most of our readers in Europe will be familiar with the site of these large objects trundling up and down the motorways during the summer, but my guess is that Kiran and our readers in Asia and elsewhere might not have seen them before. Here is a photo of my friend’s caravan.
As you can see, inside it’s just like a small house on wheels – they really are quite comfortable. Now earlier I mentioned that we only stayed for one night in our tent at the festival… can you guess why? Here is a little clue for you…
Yes, the British summer let us down again (despite blue skies on Friday!) and it absolutely chucked it down all day on Saturday so we packed up and headed back to my parents’ lovely warm, dry house :-) Our solution for next summer? Buy a caravan!!
Kiran, have you ever done any camping? How about everyone else?
Okay – down to work. Kiran I loved this sentence from your blog about Nepal: “Just like everything and everybody changes a little everyday, Nepal has also changed.” Very nicely written. However, I notice that you often forget to put in the articles (a, an and the) when you are writing and the next bit after that sentence was missing quite a few. Now this is probably one of the grammar points that you will find the most difficult as I’m pretty sure Nepali doesn’t have articles so don’t worry! You might like to do a little bit of revision on them here (introduction to articles), here (indefinite articles), here, (definite articles)
and here (the zero article). Phew!
I’d also like you to have a little look at this paragraph that I’ve taken from your second post and see if you can put in the missing articles… have a go!
“Just like everything and everybody changes a little everyday, Nepal has also changed. Before the ruling power was in ______(1) hand of ______(2) king, so it was a kingdom. Now it has become ______(3) republican country. ______(4) first president of Nepal was elected July 2008. Nepali people are patiently waiting for ______(5) new constitution in this 21st century with political stability as well.”
Okay well that’s enough from me today. Thanks again for all the questions you’ve sent in for the interview – I’m going to choose eight of them today and go and have a chat with my Granny later on.
Definitions from my Wednesday post…
To weed out - to pick out and separate the ones you don’t want or need
Atrocious - awful, very very bad
To take refuge - to take shelter somewhere safe
To cheer up - when talking about the weather this means to get better/sunnier
Days gone by - in the past
A brainwave - an idea
Okey doke - an informal way of saying ‘okay’
Words and phrases from today’s blog (Don’t forget to try and look at the context to work out the meaning!)
To catch up (with friends)
A fraction of the size
To let someone down
To chuck it down
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