Hello campers, what’s new? I can’t believe I’m in China! I hope that I will be able to learn as much here as I’ve learnt from reading all your comments about your different countries, customs and lives.
Can I tell you a bit about my day? I had such a nice plane journey over here. I was seated next to a lovely Chinese girl called Chen Yi, who had run onto the plane about 2 minutes before the doors closed. She was full of bubbling energy, and kept knocking things over and spilling her food, which made me laugh! At one point she even managed to sit down in my tea. Then she fell asleep and snored gently, only to wake up beaming beatifically every time I accidently brushed past her to get to the loo. She had been studying English in London, and wants to do a Masters at Kings College London. She taught me a little bit of Chinese, and helped me invent a Chinese name for myself, as ‘Sarah’ apparently sounds a bit like the Mandarin for ‘salad’, which might make people giggle. My new Chinese name is ‘Mai Su Lan’, which I think means something like ‘Wise Orchid’, although I’m not 100% sure. I hope I meet Chen Yi again, although we are all like bits of flotsam and jetsam in the slipstream of life on this Earth: you can never say exactly what’s going to happen, where life's going to take you, or when you will cross paths with people again.
I can’t believe I’m still awake; I’ve had 6 hours’ sleep in 3 days. My veins run with coffee, not blood, and I keep seeing things out of the corner of my eye that aren’t there! As you can see from the photo, I wear quite thick glasses. My eyesight’s not great at the best of times, so you can imagine what it’s like now!
Anyway, tomorrow I’m going to look around this amazing city. I can’t wait!
See you soon.
to beam beatifically = to smile like a saint
flotsam and jetsam = bits of driftwood that float on the sea
the slipstream = the fast-moving, turbulent current of air that comes off the wing of a plane
cross paths with someone = to meet someone you know again through chance/events usually out of your control
...and here are some definitions from yesterday's post:
to drizzle = to rain lightly
over-sensationalise events = to exaggerate what’s happening (usually in tabloid newspapers)
to appropriate = to take possession of something that’s not yours
toboggans = a flat sledge (thing you use to slide down mountains in the snow)
vibrant = lively
clunky = unwieldy; awkward; inelegant
a tad = a little
Well done to everyone who got the homework correct.
Today’s Question is…
Why does the spellchecker on my laptop not like words such as ‘accidently’, ‘sensationalise’, ‘prioritise’ and 'loo'?!
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