SEA Travels -Thailand and Laos
Todd: Abidemi, what did you do for summer break?
Abidemi: For summer break, I went to visit some countries in Asia.
Todd: Oh, what countries?
Abidemi: I visited Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Myanmar.
Todd: Oh, great. What did you do in each country?
Abidemi: In Thailand, I was there for about a week. I ate a lot of delicious food and I met a lot of many nice people. I loved Thailand, so I hope to return again.
Todd: What foods did you eat?
Abidemi: I don’t remember the names but I just remembered that they were all good. (Laughter)
Todd: Thai food is so good.
Todd: Did you go anymore in Thailand like the beach or the forest?
Abidemi: I was more interested in nature, so I traveled from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Chang Rai, and I went trekking and rode elephants. So that was one of the highlights of my trip.
Todd: Oh nice. How long was the trek?
Abidemi: The trek was about a day. It was a trek for 2, 3 hours but then we also stayed overnight in a community in the hills. And then the next day, we trekked for a little bit to come back to the city.
Todd: Nice. So was Thailand the first stop?
Abidemi: Yes. It was my first stop. It was supposed to be the shortest stop but I loved it so much that I spent more time there.
Todd: After Thailand, where did you go?
Abidemi: From Thailand, I moved on by land to Laos.
Todd: And what did you do in Laos?
Abidemi: In Laos, I mainly was in the northern part of the country, and I went zip-lining.
Todd: Oh fun!
Abidemi: It was fun. So—
Todd: So zip-lining is going flying from tree to tree?
Abidemi: That’s correct. So that was about two days’ worth of zip-lining, and we stayed overnight in a big tree house.
Todd: Oh, how fun.
Abidemi: It was quite an experience.
Abidemi: I really enjoyed it.
I went trekking and rode elephants.
When you go trekking that means you go hiking but for a longer stay. Notice the following:
- He went trekking in the alps.
- He carried food in his pack for his trek.
That was one of the highlights of my trip.
A highlight is one of the best parts of an event. Notice the following:
- Meeting local people was the highlight of my trip.
- For many people, having children is the highlight of their life
I moved on by land to Laos.
Here, move on means to travel or go to another place. Notice the following:
- It is late. We better move on.
- After France, we moved on to Spain.
I went zip-lining.
Zip-lining is a sport that is flying in the air by a wire or cable and moving from tree-to-tree or place-to-place. Notice the following:
- He took me zip-lining for my birthday.
- He is afraid of heights, but tried zip-lining anyway.
Zip-lining is going from tree to tree.
You can move tree to tree, door to door, house to house, place to pace, etc. Notice the following:
- The squirrels run tree to tree.
- He is a door-to-door salesman.
quite an experience
It was quite an experience.
This phrase is a collocation. We often say "quite an experience" to mean a very memorable time. Notice the following:
- The party was quite an experience.
- My time in Europe was quite an experience.
zip-lining • to • quite
Meg and Todd discuss common idioms.
Abidemi talks about her summer break.
Abidemi talks about Southeast Asia.
Katie takes a culture test.
Jin talks about Nepal's different areas.