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European Vacation

Steven talks about his travels in Europe.
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Todd: So, Steven, you're from Europe, you're from England. (Yep) Have you travelled much in England? I'm sorry, have you travelled much in Europe?

Steven: Ah, yes I have, yeah. Um, when I was 18 and 20 I travelled all around Europe by train.

Todd: Oh, wow, sounds fun.

Steven: Ah, it's great, so basically backpacking, but going between countries by train with some friends. I travelled with some friends, so you can buy one ticket. It's called an interrail ticket and you can visit any country in Europe using this one ticket. They last, well, the ticket I had lasted one month.

Todd: That's a good deal.

Steven: So, we went to France and we travelled to Italy and then we went down to some Greek islands. Also we went to Amsterdam in Holland.

Todd: Wow! What did you do in France?

Steven: In France we were on the South Coast, South of France. What did we do? Well, really we spent our time on the beach mainly playing water sports on the beach and just sunbathing and relaxing. (Cool) That kind of thing. Yep.

Todd: Ah, did you make it to Sardegna?

Steven: Sardegna...no

Todd: Or Corsica? I'm sorry.

Steven: No, no we didn't. Nope.

Todd: Oh, really.

Steven: Um, I think my favorite city was probably Florence in Italy.

Todd: Oh, OK.

Steven: We were lucky, We met some students, some British students who was studying Italian, and they had their own apartment on the hills, one of the hills in Florence, and they invited us to their apartment, so we stayed with them, and they had, they had built up some local knowledge. They knew about some local restaurants so they took us to a very traditional, whatchucallem, piatza, uh pizza restaurant, pizze, pizzu (Pizzeria!) Thank you. Yes. Um, and I think it was the best pizza I've ever had. It was wonderful.

Todd: I'm hungry now too.

Steven: And they even took us to a communist festival, which was in the mountain and we played five a side football, at a communist festival which was quite a unique experience.

Todd: How bizarre. How bizarre.

Steven: After some tequila. It was great.

Todd: So, Florence was your favorite city. Was Italy you're favorite country?

Steven: Ah, I think so. I love the Tuscany area. Yeah, it's absolutely beautiful. Hard to beat.

Todd: Well, wish I could do it again.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson!

InterRail ticket

You can buy one ticket, called an InterRail ticket, and you can visit any country in Europe.

An 'InterRail ticket' is available to European residents and allows the unlimited travel between specific countries in Europe for a certain period of time. Notice the following:

  1. InterRail tickets are a great way to travel through Europe quickly.
  2. What months do you want your InterRail ticket for?


The ticket I had lasted one month.

Here 'last' refers to the duration of time that something continued. Notice the following:

  1. Do you know how long the meeting is going to last?
  2. This song lasts almost 10 minutes.

built up some local knowledge

We stayed with some British students, who had built up some local knowledge.

You 'build up some local knowledge' by living in a place and learning your way around and how to do the things that you need to get done. Notice the following:

  1. He builds up his local knowledge by going on long walks and seeing the area.
  2. The first thing that you do when you move to a new place is build up some local knowledge and learn your way around.

five-a-side football or communist festival

We played five-a-side football at a communist festival, which was quite a unique experience.

'Five-a-side football' means football or soccer with five people on each team. A 'communist festival' is an outdoor party with people who support communism. Notice the following:

  1. My friends and I play five-a-side football every weekend.
  2. There will be a communist festival in our town this Saturday.


You did that? How bizarre.

Something 'bizarre' is really weird. Notice the following:

  1. It's very bizarre when it's sunny and rains.
  2. She always seems to have some sort of bizarre medical problem.

Vocabulary Quiz

InterRail • lasted • knowledge
five-a-side • bizarre
  1. Wow! That movie almost three hours.
  2. This whole day has been really and confusing.
  3. When I was growing up, we got an ticket almost every summer.
  4. We should play some football this afternoon.
  5. It look her a while to build up some local , because she was too scared to go walking around alone.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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