Vocabulary Reading:

Vocabulary Reading: Travel and Geography 1

This article uses words from the 1000-2000 range of the General Service List. Read it. Then answer the comprehension questions.

Travel Abroad

As the airplane began its descent, the flight attendants made sure everyone had fastened their seatbelts. The strange feeling of pressure on my ears bothered me as we went down toward the landing strip. I looked out the window at the lights of the immense city stretching to the horizon. After we landed, we had to go to the baggage area to pick up our suitcases and backpacks before going through customs. I had sewn a Taiwan flag on my backpack, so it was easy to identify. Once through, we took a bus to our hotel, the Holiday Inn. We were exhausted and needed to sleep. I put the 'Do not disturb' sign on the doorknob so that the maids wouldn't come in and awaken us in the morning.

The next morning, we were awake much earlier than I wanted to be. I guess our bodies' internal time clocks were still on Taiwan time. We got up and dressed, and then we went out. The road from the hotel curved along a canal. We walked along it and found a cafe where we had breakfast. When we left the cafe, we saw a shop that rented out bicycles. We decided to spend the day cycling. As we rode along the canal we stopped occasionally and I got I my camera to take some pictures. It was beautiful autumn weather with a clear blue sky. The pictures looked sharp and colorful.

I was a little sore the next morning as I wasn't accustomed to doing much cycling. While eating breakfast, we looked through our travel guide book. We decided to go on a hike to a cave. The trail went up the mountainside. We could see a dark dot near the top and figured that must be the cave. As we hiked higher and higher, I looked down the side of the mountain. It was a very steep cliff. You wouldn't want to slip. We finally got to the cave about noon. We entered it cautiously. You never know what might be inside. It seemed safe enough, so we sat at the mouth of the cave and ate our picnic lunch. After feeling refreshed by the coolness of the cave, our lunch, and the opportunity to rest, we began our descent down the mountain back to the city.

The next day I didn't feel like cycling or hiking. I had noticed in our guide book that you could take a horse and carriage ride through the avenues of the old city to the harbor. That sounded relaxing and I would be sure to get some good pictures along the way. I suggested it to my friend. Without any delay, he asked where we could find the horses and carriages. We walked a few blocks down an avenue to the carriage stop. We arranged our trip through the city with the driver and climbed up into the carriage. Finally, I was able to do what you are meant to do on a holiday — just relax!

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