Below is a story about a recent trip to Eastern Europe written by one of the student’s at my English school, Smith’s school of English Ohtsu. Two of my student’s traveled to four European countries together, along with 20 other travelers, a tour guide, and their cameras!
My students’ names are Masako and Kimiko. This story was written by Masako after they returned from Europe. Masako is a designer and a very keen English speaker, as English helps her with her extensive traveling. She has been studying with us at Smith’s school of English Ohtsu since 2002, and as such is incredibly proficient. She even does crossword puzzles! I want to thank Masako for allowing me to publish her story, and I hope you enjoy it. Note: We helped her by circling all the mistakes, but she did all the corrections herself.
A tale of Four Cities
by Masako K.
Thur. Mar 31st
My alarm clock woke me up at 4:30. I’d already packed my big suitcase the day before. My husband drove me to Ishiyama station. I met Kimiko there as planned and took a train to Kyoto and then went to Kansai airport by shuttle bus. It was convenient. We met our tour group of 19 people and a tour guide. She seemed a capable guide. We changed Japanese yen to Euro and Czech Koruna. The 12 hour long flight took off. Fortunately, we could have 2 seats per person. I saw three films and slept well till landing at Frankfurt for transit. From Frankfurt to Budapest, a Hungarian guy was next to us. We talked about this and that and then he gave comfort to us about the disaster which happened in Japan. It was quite a long day so when we checked in to our hotel, we showered quickly and passed out. ZZZZZZ
Fri. Apr 1st
We woke up feeling refreshed. The hotel was located near a supermarket so we went shopping to buy slippers but we couldn’t get them because Europeans have no custom to wear them. Yes, we are in Europe now. We had buffet style breakfast in the hotel. A variety of breads, fruits, vegetables, and other foods made us satisfied. We visited Budapest’s landmark church and some other historical places. The weather wasn’t so cold with occasionally light rain. After having lunch, we enjoyed free time for four hours or so and then I could buy flip-flops at H&M. In the evening, we had a Danube river ship cruise. Having Dinner at a restaurant with Hungarian wine, folkloric music and dance was terrific. I gave the dancers 5 euro for a tip, generous-minded!