26 June, 2009

Holiday tips

Have you been able to work out the answers? :)

1) c - departure

2) b - passport

3) d - identification

4) a - boarding

5) c - refunded

6) c - carriage

7) a - advised

8) b - baggage

9) d - reconfirm

10) c - arrive

See you around!!! ;)

22 June, 2009

Holiday Tips

Holidays are coming and if you are going to travel by plane, you should check out these tips before you set off. ;)
Do you think you can work out the missing words?
Question 1
Check-in counters are open two hours before the scheduled flight ........ time.
(a) going
(b) arrival
(c) departure
(d) transit
Question 2
It is the passenger's responsibility to ensure their ........ is valid for entry and they have fulfilled all immigration requirements in the country of destination.
(a) endorsement
(b) passport
(c) document
(d) papers
Question 3
Passengers are required to produce appropriate ........ at the check-in counter.
(a) passport
(b) visa
(c) ticket
(d) identification
Question 4
Passengers are advised to be at the ........ gate at least thirty minutes before the scheduled departure time of their flight.
(a) boarding
(b) ticket
(c) open
(d) arrival
Question 5
If you fail to check in on time or fail to board the aircraft, the fare you paid will not be ........ to you for any reason whatsoever.
(a) resigned
(b) remunerated
(c) refunded
(d) rewarded
Question 6
Children under age 12 will not be accepted for ........ unless they are accompanied by a person at least 18 years of age.
(a) journey
(b) voyage
(c) carriage
(d) trip
Question 7
Passengers are strongly ........ not to check in valuable or fragile items as baggage.
(a) advised
(b) informed
(c) told
(d) reminded
Question 8
Passengers are required to retrieve their ........ as soon as it is available for collection at their destination.
(a) ticket
(b) baggage
(c) boarding pass
(d) passport
Question 9
It is the passenger's responsibility to ........ all outgoing flights at least 72 hours prior to departure.
(a) rebook
(b) reorder
(c) reserve
(d) reconfirm
Question 10
Passengers must ........ at the airport sufficiently in advance of the scheduled flight departure time to permit completion of government formalities and check-in procedures.
(a) depart
(b) transit
(c) arrive
(d) transfer
Now write the number of the question and your answer next to it. :)
Answers on 27 June

10 June, 2009

News from Piauí

Have you any idea of where the pictures above were taken? Well, considering the title of this post, probably yes! Today, I´m not posting. Felipe Maruf Quintas is! Felipe is a Basic 3 student at Itaipu Branch. Incentivated by his teacher Cléo, he decided to contribute to our blog by writing about his last holidays in Piauí. Thank you Felipe! And here is your story:
Last holidays, I went to Queimada Nova, in Piauí. I went there on foot. I walked very much, but I am Brazilian and I never quit. I travelled with my neighbourhood. More than 50 people were with me to Piauí. It was great, but less dangerous than if I was alone there.
In Queimada Nova, we saw misery, but we saw beautiful scenes because the Brazilian backwood is wonderful, except the people. They are poor, starving, sad. Seeing all of them, we almost cried (some people have done it), but I know it isn´t because we wanted. In this city, we walked around the little city, and we gave food to the people. They were very happy, because nobody cares about them.
We didn´t have a car, so we did it all on foot. We found a waterfall (it´s a miracle!). There wasn´t anybody there, only us. We took a shower and we had delicicous moments of lust, lust for freedom, for the nature.
Later, we decided to go back to the city. It was night, and we didn´t have a comfortable place to sleep or stay, or some water and food to drink or eat. Our provisions were finishing, but we resisted, despite the complaints. This was very uncomfortable, we didn´t used to it. In the next day, some people decided to go back to Niterói, regreted of travel.
In my opinion, the trip was good. I learnt many things about Geography, History, Sociology and Brazilian popular culture (listening to songs and blind stories). I saw some of many faces of a same Brazil. I went back very tired, but it doesn´t matter now.

Izabella Sepulveda

18 May, 2009

Road signs

Americans do make use of any opportunity for advertisement as highlighted by the previous post on road side ads. British roads, by comparison, seem very demure and quiet. They may be less creative, they may have stricter regulations. At any rate, in the nearly four years I lived there, all I ever came across were shy placards telling me to pick my own strawberries and hand painted signs for car-boot sales or church fêtes.

Now, when it comes to “weird”, Americans are not as far removed from their forefathers as they may like to think. Fair enough, Brits will not be advertising the “largest-anything-in-the-world”, but where else would you find a whole museum dedicated to lawn-mowers? Or even a large world renowned museum which has an area on its permanent collection dedicated to household appliances? And the museum even troubles itself to tell you little anecdotes on the uses of the said appliances. Picture this: ladies of society, sipping tea and playing cards. The proud house owner sprinkles the floor with the crumbs of her just eaten cucumber sandwich to the astonishment of her friends. In parade two uniformed maids to demonstrate the newest gadget. One of the maids operates the hose and the other pedals the contraption in an effort to create enough suction to clear the floor of the aforementioned crumbles, while barely holding this ancestor of vacuum cleaners in an upright position.

Anyway, you really don’t need to travel that far to see such wonders. The winding road from Rio to Petrópolis is decorated with as large signs as those of Florida. They may not be so clever, but they are alluring, selling from original “Mineiro” cheese, fresh caldo de cana or coconut to the best barbecue ever.

Our museums also showcase a selection of one-of-a-kinds. Where else could you see the first telephone ever to reach Brazil, through which D. Pedro spoke to Graham Bell himself? (at least that’s the story I recall from my school days). Or the dwelling of the inventive Santos Dumont - A Encantada - where you’ll discover the bucket-shower and the right-foot-first steps? (some say he was superstitious, but that’s for you to decide).

Unfortunately, you can’t exactly go carbooting in Petrópolis, but you could treat yourself to the next best thing. Just follow the array of antique shops and stalls, sebos and bazares and the craft fair downtown, and you’ll be exposed to the exact amount of second hand or hand-made stuff you would in the UK.

Hope to see you soon,
Luciana Berner (Petrópolis)

http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/ (Galleries, The Secret Life of the Home)
http://www.petropolis.rj.gov.br/ (Fundação de Cultura e Turismo)

15 May, 2009

Freaky Florida

Americans are known to have an entrepreneural spirit, and they're very clever at advertising for their businesses. Nowhere is this more apparent than when are on the road. I'll illustrate with an anecdote.

When we went to Orlando or Tampa to theme parks, we had to take the Florida Turnpike, as we lived on the south of the state. On the way, there would be these billboards for this thing called 'Yeehaw'. It would beckon us for many kilometres, signaling the exit you had to take to get there. There were hundreds of signs, saying things like :


Those signs were so promising, my sister and I would think: 'Wow, this must be some place' and beg our parents to stop there. When we got there, there was a wonderful welcoming sign, as you can see on the picture above, and Yeehaw is right there....next to it. Yeah....it's smaller than the sign. I remember being like....that's it? It was just a rest-stop where you could buy Disney tickets. Yeehaw Junction is this place that's not even a town because it's so small, like something out of a Western film. But it's something that became a tradition, following the Yeehaw signs and pretending to be fooled by them.

Anyway, this is a curious part of traveling not only in Florida, but in the whole country. These odd 'tourist traps' that just live in your heart, like 'World's Biggest Lincoln Statue' (ou mean there are other statues of this American President out of the country???) and a headless dinosaur sculpture, Mount Rushmore (the pride of North Dakota but come on, dead presidents' faces carved on mountains, can you say environmental impact???) and Stone Mountain, the Confederate version of Mount Rushmore, in Georgia (my dad went there hahahaha). They even have become a cult phenomenon, with websites and books dedicated to them, and people make it a point to stop and visit these places, just for a feeling of truly american freaky entrepreneural spirit.

Some sites dedicated to weird tourist attractions:

13 May, 2009

Florida: off-Disney

Even though I have this feeling of regret for not traveling much out of Florida when I lived in the US (we never went to NY, California, New Orleans, or any of the famous American cities besides Miami and of course Orlando), I can't say we didn't travel. Quite the contrary! Of course there were the theme parks, but there's plenty to do besides go to Disney World and co. I guess the tourism industry there is more family-oriented, and as I lived there with my family as a child, it was perfect for me!

Florida is made up of beaches on the coast and mostly swampland (the Everglades) in the interior. Of course, with real estate development they are covering the swamps, but there are protected areas. You can go on an airboat to the Everglades and see alligators and other wildlife, the Seminole Indian Reservation, go to many zoos and parks. Here are some links to some interesting places:

Oh yeah, there's Cape Canaveral, where NASA is:

I can't forget Key West, the southernmost point of the US, where Ernest Hemingway lived (you can see Cuba from there, Key West, not Ernest's house.)

There's also St. Augustine, in the northeast of the state, the first city in the US. It was colonized by the Spanish in the 16th century, before the English colonization of the north:

So, if you're ever in Florida, here are some other interesting options!

- Bárbara Alves (Icaraí 2)

04 May, 2009

Talking about London...

Hey guys,
quick post with an interesting link for those who are interested in knowing a little bit more about London: http://www.londontown.com/. There, you can find useful tips: airport tranfers, night life, sightseeing, restaurants, hotels, etc, etc!
By the way, if you like going out, you can´t miss Time Out website!
See you!
Izabella Sepulveda

01 May, 2009

My dream trip to London 2

When I decided to write a post for this blog, the first thing that came to my mind was... LONDON! This may sound as a cliché, and indeed it is, but which other famous city am I supposed to write about? When I say it´s a cliché, I mean it among English teachers who simply looooove going to England whenever they can. The ones who haven´t been there yet, certainly would like to. And what can I say? I´m an English teacher and loooove going to London! I lived there in 2002-2003, returned in 2007 and in January 2009, but I guess I´ll never be tired of going there. Also, there are sooo many things to do in London, that we just can´t imagine.

Well, here I am, and Raquel has already written about it, which is great, but I want to write about London too! I´ve just read her post and at the end she lists some things that she didn´t do on her last holidays there. Coincidence or not, I have done all of them! Or most of them , I guess. So, I´ll be talking about these places she mentions and therefore it won´t sound repetitive for you, readers. Deal? =) I´ll also give directions to get to the places by tube - the easiest way to go around London.

First thing on Raquel´s list: Madame Tussauds. When I lived in London, I used to hear: "Madame Tussauds is a waste of time, don´t go there. It´s expensive and represents no great experience, etc, etc" Ok, I didn´t go there. But then, when I came back in 2007 I felt sooo 'touristic', feeling that I hadn´t had before, you know? So, I went there on a rainy Sunday morning. And guess what?? It was great! Where else could I have taken pictures with all the pop celebs? Some dummies are simply unbelievable! Extremely similar and well done! On the other hand, some are quite bizarre, but this is just part of the fun! More: there´s a kind of horror tunnel, whose name I´ve forgotten, inside the museum. Really frightening, but very exciting! It´s true, though, that the tickets are quite expensive, especially when you remember that top museums in London have free access. Tip: buy the combo with a London Eye ticket together - it´s cheaper.

Directions: take the Bakerloo line (the brown one) and head to Baker Street station. Hammersmith and City line (the pink one) also takes you there as well as Circle line (the yellow one) and Metropolitan line (the purple one).

Have you ever heard of Notting Hill? Chances are you have! The film starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant was named after this lovely place in London. With its great success, Notting Hill has become even more visited than it was before. It´s basically a residential area but on Saturday morning you can go to Portobello Road and visit one of the most popular fairs in the city - the Portobello Road Market. There, you can find from old 60´s shoes to vinyl records and the most reddish strawberries! Everything in one place! The picture down there was taken in 2007 in front of the famous bookshop that Hugh Grant owns in the film. It really exists! I´m the one in green, by the way.

Directions: take the Hammersmith and City line to Ladbroke Grove.

Last (just for today), but not least: London Eye. Another hit of touristic feeling and there I went, all by myself to Westminster, so that I could "take a ride" and see the city on the famous Ferris wheel. The "flight" takes 30 min and the view that you get from there, you can´t get from anywhere else. It´s a rush of adrenaline seeing the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the Thames - all from above! Some say it´s the British equivalent to the Eiffel Tower. Highly recommended!

Directions: take the Circle, Jubilee (the grey one) or District line (the green one) to Westminster station.

That´s all folks! Soon, I´ll be back with more.

Izabella Sepulveda

Itaipu teacher

30 April, 2009

Swine Flu (or Pig Flu) and Travel: What Should You Do?

Are you rethinking your travel plans in light of swine flu? Here are travel recommendations to keep in mind.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has not recommended travel restrictions to Mexico or any other countries, because those measures may not be effective in stopping the spread of the virus.

Individual countries are free to set their own travel policies and to handle swine flu as they see fit. No one is going to stop you from getting on a plane, train, ship, or car. But there are steps that you can take to limit your swine flu risk.

Here is what the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) wants you to do if you must travel to an area that has reported cases of swine flu:

* Check updates from the CDC, WHO, and local health authorities, and follow their guidelines.

* Before traveling, people in high-risk groups -- such as the elderly and people with chronic conditions such as diabetes, lung disease, or heart disease -- should get the prescription antiviral
medications Tamiflu or Relenza to take while traveling in areas that have reported cases of swine flu.

* Check on health care resources in the area you'll be visiting before you depart.

* While you're in an area with reported swine flu cases, wash your hands often with soap and water, or if soap isn't available, use an alcohol-based hand gel.

* Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

* Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

* If you get sick while traveling, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough, and throw the tissue in the trash afterward.

* Seek medical care if you are ill with a fever and other symptoms of swine flu, especially if you think you may have had contact with someone with swine flu or severe respiratory illness in the seven days before you got sick.

* If you're sick, don't travel, except to get local medical care. Try to limit contact with other people, so your germs don't spread.

Once you get home from an area with reported swine flu cases, the CDC asks that you closely monitor your health for seven days. If you get sick during that time, call your doctor or clinic for an appointment. And when you arrive for your appointment, tell you doctor your symptoms, where you traveled, and if you had close contact with someone infected with swine flu.

Taken from: http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/news/20090428/swine-flu-and-travel-what-should-you-do

28 April, 2009

New Zealand

New Zealand's spectacularly beautiful landscape includes vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, sweeping coastlines, deeply indented fiords and lush rainforests. It is a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as a playground for thrill seekers and adventurers. A temperate climate with relatively small seasonal variation makes it an ideal year-round holiday destination.

Have you ever thought about going whale-watching???

Seeing whales surface off the coast of Kaikoura is one of those truly magnificent New Zealand sights. Kaikoura is about a 2 to 3 hour drive from Christchurch, and it’s worth everything you can do to get down here to enjoy one of the whale watching tours. You can observe orcas (killer whales), humpback whales, sperm whales, and even the occasional blue whale from either a boat or a helicopter, and it’s not something you’ll soon forget.

- Activities and Adventure: For those who want breathtaking adventure can indulge themselves in jumping, sky diving, white-water rafting, jet-boating and heli.adventures. The Waitomo Caves gives the opportunity for black water rafting under a galaxy of glow-worms. Whereas for those who love extreme adventure can try out rock climbimg and abseiling. You can also have a conducted glacier trek or view the majestic Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers from a flight. In addition to it other activities that are offered includes horse riding, safaris, 4WD tours, quad bikes, hot-air balloons and kayaking.

- Nightlife: There is something for all age groups with innumerable nightclubs, restaurants and bars. The young pub-going crowd loves to hear to live bands whereas the more matured ones attend the jazz venues. And if you are attracted to thrills and excitement of the nightlife you must try and visit the gaming tables and machines of the casino. One thing to be kept in mind before attending a casino is that one should be above 20 years. Restaurants, live music and dancing are also present in some of the casinos.

- Shopping: The regular CBD retail outlets coexist with modern hi-fashioned malls. Factory outlet centers sell well-known brands for all age groups including shoes, accessories and music. They give 70% off compared to the retail shops. A number of designer boutiques, galleries, souvenir shops as well as art and craft shops are spread throughout the country.

- Tours: The conducted tour offers sightseeing along with farm, fishing, wine and movie set tours. In addition to this one can also experience train journeys, cruises, sand safaris, with tours to historic places and factory. One can choose from a wide range of tours from the large national enterprises to small, family-run businesses.

23 April, 2009

Why Study Abroad?

The following video shows some guys talking about the advantages of studying abroad.
Would you like to send us a video expressing your opinion about travelling abroad (to study or not) - or even your experience with it?? We'll be glad to post it! Send an e-mail to teachercadu@yahoo.com and we will tell you how to proceed. Much more than just joining the blog, we want you to be part of it.

20 April, 2009

Travel Health Tips for Students Studying Abroad

Few events can negatively impact the study abroad experience more than becoming sick or being injured while far away from home! Learn about important travel health information that can help students stay safe and healthy while studying abroad. This podcast features a conversation between a student preparing to study abroad and Dr. Christie Reed, Travelers' Health Team, Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, CDC.


Taken from: http://www.cdc.gov/

18 April, 2009

My Dream Trip to London

Last July I was awarded with a trip to London and a teacher refresher course. I know! Life IS good. So when the boss (Ana Zullo) told me it was my turn I realised I had never expected to get the trip even though all the teachers senior to me had got it. Well, it came as a surprise but of course I said yes! It was very refreshing indeed (to say the least).

So, let’s get to the point:

I had been to London before but just for a couple of days and I’ll tell you... two weeks aren’t enough - at least not if you are taking a course from 8 am to 5 pm - let alone a couple of days.

What did I do there that I recommend?

I went inside the Tower of London where people ‘lost their heads’, namely Anne Boleyn - Queen of England (1507- 1536) and Lady Jane Grey, also Queen of England (1537–1554) beheaded at the age of seventeen, just to mention a few. There I was surprised to see some sort of ‘medieval graffiti’ on the walls and lots of armour. People talking about the Tower often refer to the Crown Jewels, which are all very nice but not as much as the history of the Tower itself, in my opinion.

On my way out I was taking a photo by the Tower Bridge (which people confuse and take by London Bridge) when lovely Alexandra joined me.

I went inside the Abbey too, the Westminster Abbey, where Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy are buried - among 3,000 people, starting with Chaucer, the author of The Canterbury Tales, who only got to be buried there because he worked there and the priests liked him, at least that’s what I recall from the guided tour. I had a very special guide, Jeremy Irons, as everyone else. (He recorded the audio guide). Why don’t we have audio guides in Brazilian museums?! This one instead of looking like i-Pod earphones it looked rather like an old and heavy mobile phone you kept holding next to your ear, but it had videos too. By the way, even though William Blake, Lord Byron, Shakespeare, Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters are not buried there they have memorials in the Poet’s corner.

Visited the National Gallery where I fell in love with the painting of Lady Jane Grey about to be beheaded – The Execution of Lady Jane Grey by Paul Delaroche.

Also visited the British Museum with all the heads of pharaohs, mummies and the Rosetta Stone.

Talking about museums, last but not least, I visited the Tate Modern and saw the street art exhibition that included graffiti by the twins from São Paulo on the façade. Great gift shop, by the way.

I saw two gigs – the Mars Volta at the Roundhouse, a legendary venue in Camden where Jimi Hendrix played and, believe it or not, Monobloco at a place called Guanabara.

I wanted to see the Arsenal Stadium in Highbury but it was closed by the time I got there, so I only saw it from the outside. Actually, we got inside the first gates but we couldn't see the field. Such a shame.

I went shopping in Oxford Street – loved Top Shop! Best and almost only purchase: a small yellow bag with a big bow, bright pink on the inside, with a chain handle by Paul’s Boutique.

I had a lazy afternoon at the South Bank on a hot summer day. I went there to join a friend from Niterói who had recently moved to London and had the day off too to relax and have Pimms. We were there chilling at this open air bar outside the Southbank Centre. South Bank is a must, click here to check its official site. There's a book market, a skate park, lots of other stuff and it's just beautiful.

Got a train to Brighton on a Saturday morning, spent the day in those lanes, saw the Royal Pavilion, sat on a chair on the sand watching the sea, visited a couple of friends from Niterói and came back to London in the evening.

I had lunch at Camden Market on a Sunday, when they have the fair.

I had snacks in traditional pubs.

I had delicious blueberry cupcakes.

I saw the change of guard and I saw the Queen's Guard play 'The Final Countdown', made famous by Europe, a hard rock band from Sweeden, in the 80's. If you don't believe me, I can prove it. I recorded it and put it on YouTube:

I watched a trial in the Old Bailey. It was a case of murder.

I walked for hours along Hyde Park.

I went into Kings Cross station just to see the Platform 9 3/4.

I walked across the park from Wood Green, where the students Hall was, to Muswell Hill, where the school was, and saw people playing golf in a public place. Ordinary-looking people. Playing golf in the park.

I decided to have some coffee in Leicester Square and came across the European Premiere of the new Batman movie - The Dark Knight.

I got a brochure of MA courses in the Institute of Education at the University of London.

I ate something I think was called Abbot Ale Meat Pie. The meat pie looks somewhat like what we call ‘empadão’ here in Brazil but I guess it tastes more like a ‘Mille-feuille’. It came with chips and gravy, I was really looking forward to trying gravy but I wanted to eat it just as they do so I asked the young lady: ‘Where do you pour the gravy?’ She replied something like: ‘wherever you like’. So I went: ‘No, where do YOU pour the gravy?’, to which she then replied: ‘oh, on top of everything’. So I did... yummy! Scrumptious!

I made friends.
Christina Henn, from Germany; Stefan Firica, from Bucharest – Romania, supporter of Dynamo; Eftychia Charalambous (aka Effie) from Cyprus and supporter of Anorthosis; Robson Sant’Anna, from Petrópolis, who works at Cultura Inglesa Grajaú and Marcella Correa, from Rio, were the closest ones. I also exchanged emails with Steve Hirschhorn, a local who taught us a couple of lessons, the best ones. He came all the way from Oxford (he's the principal at an English school there called Eckersley) by motorbike to teach us.

I also met people from Poland, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Latvia, Spain and the USA.

What I did not do but might be fun too:

I didn’t visit the famous Madame Tussauds even though they were revealing a new statue – Amy Winehouse – while I was there. I only know about it because of the free papers on the tube (The underground).

I didn’t go to the Cinema even though I would've been to the Prince Charles with my new German friend Christina if I hadn't been late after spending such a long time in Hamleys trying to find the perfect gifts for my kids.

I didn’t go to Notting Hill.

I didn’t go on the Ferris wheel, the London Eye. But I did take many pictures of it.

I didn’t see a musical.

I didn’t even get a glimpse of Harrods.

I didn’t get to know Brick Lane and this is the thing I regret the most, together with not taking a photo crossing the Abbey Road.

Oh, I also deeply regret not having fish and chips.

So, even though it was my second time in London I still must come back. There are many places in the world I still don't know and I really want to but I'm not done with London yet.
Thank you Cultura Inglesa for my English, and now for making this dream trip come true.

Raquel Rodrigues

15 April, 2009

Contributions from Icaraí 1

Hi, everyone! This is Raquel Rodrigues posting. I'm a teacher and consultant in Icaraí 1 and as a blogger I thought our blog might benefit from a couple quizzes like these:

Your Travel Personality Is: The Sophisticate

You're well educated and cultured, and the places you travel to reflect that.

You appreciate the best art, food, architecture, and local flavor.

A true traveler, you are destined to be multi-lingual and very worldly.

I would also like to mention that we're asking students to contribute by sending stories of trips they've been on along with a couple of photos of the place and hopefully they'll be published here soon. I myself will join in with my own testimonial about my Cult Trip to London last July.
Coming soon ;-)

14 April, 2009

Have a Quick Bite

I'm glad that some people replied saying that they want to talk about food. I'm gonna tell you a bit of what I experienced in London, but I do wannna hear from you, ok? I wanna hear whatever you have to say, not only about food!!!!

When I went to London for the first time, I stayed in a very charming old lady's house. There was also a Spanish guy there, taking the very same course I was. Anyway, one day we invited her out of the kitchen and we decided to cook her a Spanish Omelette. Obviously, I don't know how to cook a Spanish Omelette, but I was an excellent helper to Martin (my Spanish buddy). Don't even ask me what the ingrdients are; the only thing I know is that there are lots of eggs involved in the process (laugh).

My second time in London was even better, especially because I had the company of two very dear friends, Vivi and Ana. I don't remember who suggested that we should have an English Breakfsta, but it doesn't matter now. It was memorable!!!
I'm gonna post two different pictures. I want you to tell me which one shows a real English Breakfast, will you?

09 April, 2009

What Would You Like To Talk About?


We really want to share this space and, for this reason, we want to know what YOU want to talk about.

  • Places to go;
  • How to get there;
  • What to do there;
  • How long to stay;
  • What to take;
  • etc.

Just choose (or suggest) the topic. Your wish is our command!



Hit The Road would like to give its warmest welcome to each and everyone of you interested in getting to know more about travelling and things related to the topic. Teachers and students from Cultura Inglesa, be my guest!

Have The Time Of Your Life!

Travelling is awesome, isn't it? That's why we decided to share a bit of our experiences with you and show that travelling is a lot easier than we might imagine. Also, if you want to share some of your experiences as well, be our guest.

Here goes an interview with Carlos, a Cultura Inglesa Madureira student, who is going TODAY (April 09th) to London. Btw, it's his birthday today as well. Happy birthday, Carlos!

HTR. Tell us about when you decided to travel.
Carlos. I've been studying at Cultura for almost 4 years now and I really wanted to test my English. I know I can speak English, but when I finished the Cultura Express 6 (now I'm an Express Plus 2 student), I felt this urge not only to practice what I've studied, but also to become more confident - that's what I really believe is going to happen. I believe that we become more understanding when we travel. Meeting different people, different cultures, having to adapt, is certainly going to help me in different aspects of my life. And I want to have fun as well.

HTR. And, why England?
Carlos. To be honest I wanted to go to NY, but my brother - who gave me the plane tickets as a birthday present - convinced me to go to England. Of course I could always say no, but after all the things he showed me about the Queen's land, it seemed to me that London was the right place to go. But as soon as I come back, I'll start saving again to go to NY. And he promised to join me!

HTR. What was it about England that your brother showed you?
Carlos. He showed me pictures of beautiful places and all the history behind them. He told me about how friendly the people can be and how much one can learn there. It's all about culture, you know. Of course there's culture everywhere - USA, New Zealand, Canada, and so on - but England was the place he had information about (laugh).

HTR. Was it difficult to have all set?
Carlos. Not really. What's important is to close the deal with someone you trust. I don't really want to make any propaganda here, but as I study at Cultura, I thought it would be fair enough to count on them to help me out. I called Rosa - who's the person responsible for this area - and she helped me with everything I needed. I'm staying for three weeks and I'm gonna have 20 classes (not sure if it's 20 classes or 20 hours - laugh) per week. I chose to stay with a host family because I want to experience their daily lives. Simple things like having breakfast together, talking about their routine and being part, at least for three weeks, of a regular British family.

HTR. What are the expectations now?
Carlos. Well, I've already packed. It's my first trip abroad, you know, so I expect to speak English a lot, meet new people, visit places and do everything I can. I wanna have the time of my life!