The following article has been written by Verónica Alberto.
Who would have thought in the nineteenth century that the birth of steam railway, used to transport the charcoal obtained from mining activity, would end up, hundreds of years later, being one of the most important means for the movement of millions of people all over the world.
Its appearance meant the origin the industrialization of western countries and it represented modernity with its lights but also with its many more shadows. But leaving aside historical considerations, the evolution from those pioneer locomotives to modern trains, changed gradually the scale of the world, opening a window to dreams and adventures. Everything can happen when travelling by train, providing a delightful way of knowing new places. Nothing as the pleasure of contemplating the landscape while dozing with the train’s rhythmic sway.
Options are countless and are limited only by your pocket. Who hasn’t dreamt of crossing the Mongolia’s grassy steppe, from China to Russia? The Trans-Mongolian Railway route is one of the longest train trips in the world, 11,250 km, following the ancient Silk Road.
Created in 1883 to connect Paris-Istanbul, the Orient Express was synonymous of comfort and luxury. Its reputation has inspired some well-known novels and films, highlighting the popular one: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie.
The journey between Cusco and Machu Picchu is also amazing. The train was named after Hiram Bingham who discovered the site in 1911. It was designed as an observatory to enjoy the lush nature through big windows and glass ceilings and also to enjoy different aspect of the Andean culture with many shows and entertainments.
These are some of the hundreds of options from which you can choose. Are you ready?
Everybody likes to think about being in paradise, and everyone has their own idea about it, about where and how is paradise. What about you? Do you know the paradise? Do you know your own paradise? I am going to tell you about mine, you might agree with me, or not.
I am that kind of person who enjoys being outdoors, wildlife and nature. For this reason a few years ago I decided to do a trip, my destination would be Costa Rica. I would do the travel on my own, only my bag, my camera and me. That was my first flight crossing the ocean and my first trip alone, but I only have good memories about it.
I was there for 6 weeks and during that time I visited several places in the country and every place was amazing. I could see lots of different animals while I was walking in the jungles or diving in the sea. It was the best experience I have ever had in my life. I met a lot of people and I could be in places where I have never thought I could be ever. During my trip I also wrote a diary that I uploaded in the Internet, although it is in Spanish.
For these reasons I think that Costa Rica is paradise, good people, good weather, good landscapes, and a lot of things to discover and enjoy. Where is yours?
Rosa Delia Jorge, student of Intermedio 2 at our school, has written this article. I hope you enjoy it:
I have a three-year-old daughter and I share with her so many things, even my free time hobbies. That includes, of course, her favourite television programmes. For that reason, I try to look for some programmes that we can watch together.
I think that Little Einsteins cartoons are ideal for children and for parents too. They are didactic and at the same time very entertaining. Moreover, they are full of colours and encorage children to go for a walk through history and culture. They show children, for example, important people from past and their works.
Children are not passive watching these cartoons, they can participate answering questions, imitating sounds or movements like the cartoons.
Those cartoons also encourage children´s fantasy and concentration. I find them interesting for everyone who has still a child inside.