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Writing. Tell us about your last holiday

From this thread at our Writing Blog. Messages by Básico 1 students (2009)

Attention, please: These pieces have been corrected again, so that you don't learn incorrect language in the final versions we publish here. On the blog, you can find the original versions with the first correction in italics or block letters. The aim of this second correction is to develop your learning further.

By Alba (100 words):
Last summer I went to Marina Do'r in Oropesa del Mar. I went with my family by car. The trip took five hours. It was very tiring. I stayed for two weeks in my fathers's house. I go there every year in summer.
In the morning and in the afternoon I took the sun, I swam in the sea and I played tennis with my father.
At night I walked on the beach I had ice cream and I went to the disco. Every day I did the same thing so I was often bored!

By Cristóbal Huete:
Last May I went to Berlin with my girlfriend. We flew to Berlin with Easyjet.
For four days, we stayed in a little hotel away from the city centre, but near the subway station. The hotel was nice and quite cheap — around 35 euros for a night in a double room. During the day, we walked around the city. We saw all the famous sites, like the Berlin Wall, the Brandenburg Door, the Reichstag (it's the German Parliament) and we visited very beautiful squares and very interesting neighborhoods. We also visited the Pergamo Museum. It's an Islamic, Roman and Greek art museum. At night we went to restaurants and had fantastic sushi, sausages and drank a lot of German beer. We also went to very popular dance club — in Germany it is very popular and its electronic music is great! We were in Watergate — it's a club near of Wall of Berlin. We didn't buy any gifts.
We had a great time. Berlin is full of recent history and it is a very interesting city. People have an open mind and you get a sensation of freedom. We only had one problem: my girlfriend lost her ID card at the airport, when we were boarding the plane.We found the ID card on time to fly.

By Javi:
I went to Valencia. I went with my girlfriend. We went there last August. We got there by car. We stayed in my house. We went to the beach and the disco. It was a good time.

By Rosamar:
I went to Calpe, Alicante, last August. I went with my husband, my daughter, my sister-in-law and two nieces. We went by car. We stayed in a big hotel with a sea view for four days. We could see the beach from our room.
First, we had a good breakfast in the hotel and then we had lunch on the beach. In the afternoon, we wen for a walk in the town and we walked to the seafront. After that, we visited the fishing port and we saw Ifach Peñón — it's a great mountain over the sea. In the summit, there was an excellent view. I took a lot of photos and I bought many things in the stands of the Artisan Fair that was in the sea front.
We had a great time. Calpe is a wonderful place. I love it because the weather's good all the year. I like it very much.

By Fernando:
Last October I went to Argentina with my wife. We flew with Aerolineas Argentinas. We were in Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Calafate, Bariloche and Iguazu. It was a honeymoon trip.
We saw all the famous places in the country like Perito's glacier, Iguazú falls and the world's ass (Ushuaia). We took a lot of photos — two thousand more or less. We had lunch in very good restaurants and we had excellent steaks and pasta, and the ice cream was fantastic. We went to the theater in Buenos Aires. When people go to the theater they wear very very elegant clothes. We bought some clothes and a lot of gifts for family and friends.
The weather was changing all the time. In Patagonia you can have four seasons in one day — like the song goes!
People were very nice. They always helped you. I hope I can go back there some day.

By Julia:
Last July I went to Praga and Budapest with my husband and my sons. First we flew to Budapest. We stayed there for five days. The hotel was in Buda. Budapest is a beautiful city but its buildings are very dirty. They need some painting. It's a nice city, anyway.
The Danubio runs through Budapest and divides Budapest into Buda and Pest. During the day we walked and walked, visited monuments and more monuments! We had Hungarian meals. They were quite heavy but we had to try the food. At night we were very tired.
Along the river there were restaurants. They were ships. One night we had dinner in one of them. As we were having dinner there were musicians playing romantic music.
Then we left for Praga. In Praga you can't drive. You can only walk. Its streets, its river, its monuments, everything in Praga is like in a fairy-tale. We stayed there for five days. In these days we walked and walked, and so on. The hotel here was an old building close to the Moldavia river. It was very nice. By the way, Kafka was born in Praga. His home was in the centre of the city.
After Praga we went to a small but beautiful town, Carlovy Vary. It was the holiday place of the rich people from Russia.
We had a great time, although we also had a big problem — the language. It's very difficult and people there only speak their mother language.

By Mayte:
I went to Menorca two years ago, with my husband and my son. We flew to Menorca with Air Europa — the plane was very small. I'm terrified of flying. I was very nervous when the engine began to work. I took my seat and closed my eyes until we landed in Menorca.
We stayed there for ten days in a hotel near the beach. The hotel was nice and there were a lot of activities for the children and for adults. At night there was a show — it was fun.
During the day we went to the beach or the swimming-pool. Then we had lunch in our hotel — there was a buffet. Then we went to our room to have a siesta. At night we had dinner in the hotel and we walked around the beach.
We bought a pair of jeans, some shoes and presents for the family.
We had a great time. We were very relaxed. The weather was good… We only had one problem: the plane — I hate it!

By Cata:
I went to Paris last August with my husband. We flew to Paris with Air Europa. We stayed there for a week in our friends' flat in the south of Paris.
During the day we went for walks in the city. We visited the famous tourist sites and the Museum the Louvre and the Ordsay. We went to the Eiffel Tower, Concorde, Notre-Dame, Madeleine Church, Arc de Triomphe. We walked in the Champs-Elysees, Les Envalides and Disneyland, where we felt like in a fairy-tale and like when we were children.
We took a lot of photos. At night we met our friends and had dinner together. When the day finished we were very tired.
I bought very cheap shoes and a Mickey Mouse bell.
We had a great time. Paris is a specially romantic city for lovers.
We didn't have any problems. We had a wonderful time.

By Laura:
I went to London last October with my friend. We flew to London with Easy Jet. We stayed there for three weeks in a residence [?] in Crystal Palace. The residence was the typical English house. We went to study English.
Every morning we went to English lessons at the school and then we visited the city. We saw all the famous tourist sites, like Trafalgar Square, the Big Ben, Picadilly Circus, The Soho, The Tower of London… We also visited many museums. I really liked The British Museum. We visited many places and all of them had something special. We took a lot of photos. At night we went out with some friends. We met many people in London. We bought a lot of clothes, too.
We had a great time. I love London because in this city everything is different. The people in London are very modern. I like the monuments and their history. About the weather, we were lucky — it only rained two days. We only had a problem: We didn't like the food.

By Marìa:
On my past holidays I went to the beach in Valencia.
I drove there with my mother, my father my brother and my best friend. We wanted to see some friends who live there.
We took some photos on the beach. I could not swimming because the weather was bad. It was cold and rainy.
We spent a week there and then returned to Getafe.


By Nuria:
Last July I went to Athens with my daugther. We flew there with Spanair. We stayed there for five years and after that we took a boat to the Greek islands. The hotel was quite cheap because it was in a Pakistani quarter. My daugther freaked out! But all was very well.
During the day we walked in the city and we visited the famous museums and monuments. We took a lot of photos!
At night we went to restaurants in famous places with typical music of the country.
Our favourite restaurant was in the Monastiri area.
In the boat, during the day, we visited all the beaches. At midnight we went dancing to discos.
We bought some souvenirs for the family and my daugther bought some clothes. I got a ring imitating Meandro's river.
We had a great time but it was too hot.
The Mediterranean food is wonderful. We loved it!
All the trip was really exciting!

By Casilda:
I am going to tell about my last Easter holidays. I went to Dublin during for four days with my daugther, my nephew, my sister in law and other students of our language school.
We flew to Dublin with Ireland Lingus. During those days we walked all the time. We visited the tourist sites: Trinity College, Guinness, churches, cathedrals, the bank of Ireland, the parliament… and other places! We saw very nice parks with many flowers. We had a great time, enjoyed the trip and we laughed a lot.
I bought a lot of things to for my mother, my husband, my brother and so on. It is an interesting country.
The weather wasn't good, it rained almost every day, but this wasn't a problem.
My Easter holidays were good!
Next time, come along, Michelle!

By Paqui:
When I got married, I went to Thailand on honeymoon. We flew to Bangok with Thai Airlines. We did a tour of fifteen days around all the country. We stayed in Bangok for three days.
In the morning, really early, we visited many temples, e.g. Temple of Buda, Temple of Wat Po… When we came into a temple, it was necessary to take off your shoes. We gave some coins and we could light a candle.
I loved the floating market. It was a very typical place. It was between channels and people in their boats sold fruits, clothes… and snakes. We bought a lot of souvenirs. It was very cheap.
At the night, we went to see an Elephants show.
We had a problem. It was very hot. We always wore a cap and took a fan with us!
I hope to go back there again one day.

By Pilar Palomo:
Last July I went to Belgium and Holland with my husband and my three sons. We flew to Brussels with Brussels-Airlines. We bought the tickets on the Net — it's cheaper if you buy them in advance — and rented a car. We stayed there for eight days. On our first day, we walked around the town. We visited The Atomium, The Manneken Pis (It was a five-minute walk from the hotel), and The Council's square. These were beautiful places, especially at night. On our second day, we travelled by car to Gantes. There was a rock festival. After that, we went to Brujas. We liked the canals, the streets and the delicious chocolate. We bought some chocolate for us and to give away. The third day, we drove to Colonia (Germany) to see the cathedral. We went up the 509 stairs on foot. When you arrived at the top you could see The Rhin and the town. It is wonderful and the wind blows… On our fourth day, we left Brussels to visit Rotterdam. It was raining all the time. Finally, we arrived in Amsterdam. There was a lot of traffic. The hotel in Amsterdam was smaller than the other one but it was great, close to the Dam's square. Here, we spent the rest of the days. We visited Ana's house, Rij's museum, Van Gogh's museum, The red quarter… We went on a trip by ship at night. We visited the villages near by Amsterdam... The weather at first was bad, but then it changed and the sun shone. We bought some marihuana lollipops. This town was different because a lot people ride bicycles and at first it was difficult to cross the streets. The bicycles can go in all the directions and you never know their way! On our last day there we returned to Brussels and we saw Waterloo and came back to Spain.

By Rosa:
I went to Galicia last August with my husband and my two daughters. We stayed there for fifteen days in a big flat near the Costa da morte. The flat was beautiful and cheap. There was a big heated pool and a big park.
During the day we saw all the famous sites, like the lighthouses, the beaches, the villages and the capes. We took a lot of photos. At the night we went to restaurants and had good shellfish, like barnacles, crabs, scallops… and white wine.
We bought some typical things. We had a great time and we didn't have any problems.

By Noelia:
I went to Ibiza last August with my friends.We flew to Ibiza with Easyjet. We stayed there for a week in a apartment near the beach. The apartment was full and quite cheap.
During the day we walked around the island. We went to the flea market. There were bracelets, ankle bracelets, pearl necklaces, clothes, shoes… everything! We bought a lot of things. This day we ate in a refreshment stall, where the food was delicious!! We ate roasted chicken with chips and for dessert we had a big vainilla and chocolate ice cream.
We took a lot of photos on the beach, at the flea market, in the discos, in the swimming pool… At night we went to restaurants near the beach to have a drink on the beach.
We had a great time because we visited Formentera. It was beautiful. We went on boat.
We went out a lot. The food was excellent…
In Ibiza you can find all kinds of things.There was a great atmosphere and it's a really nice island.
We only had one problem: there were too many people.

By Mónica:
I'm going to tell you about my holiday in 2008.
In the summer in 2008, I went to Ireland with my family and friends. Nine people in all. We flew to the airport of Shannon with Ryanair. We stayed in a big house near a little village for two weeks. The house was opposite a long beach. The house was also behind a big grass field where a lot of sheeps grazed. It was really nice and quiet.
During the day we went for walks in the village. We walked barefoot on the beach. We didn't swim because the water was freezing. We saw the famous dauphin of Dingle. We also saw the Ring of Kerry. We took a lot of photos.
At night we went to the pub and had a pint of beer with potatoes and onion, and listened to Celtic music.
I didn't buy anything, except for a 2009 calendar with beautiful pictures of Ireland.
The weather was good, but in the same day it was rainy and sunny.
We only had one problem: when we took the plane we heard: "Get out of the airport quickly. Bomb warning"! The plane took off three hours later. The warning was fake.

By Mary:
On my last summer holidays I went to La Manga (Murcia).
I went with my family and we stayed in a flat. There were two seas: the open sea (it was very big) and the closed sea (it was small). They were very clean and blue. I went for walks on the beach; it was very nice. At night I sometimes had little fried fish for dinner. That was very good.

By Esmeralda:
Hello! I'm going to tell you about my last holiday.
In the summer, I went to Murcia with my best friend and her parents. We stayed in a big house near the beach for three weeks. During the day we walked on the beach, we sunbathed and we went for a swim in the sea. We took a lot of photos.
At the night we went to the chiringuitos on the beach and we were on the beach at night looking at the stars.
We had a very good weather during the holiday.

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