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Time for an adventure?
Are you a bit bored with your nine-to-five routine? Have a look at our exciting range of holidays and decide what type of adventure you’d like.
Our activity holidays are for everyone, people who love danger or who just like sports. We have a huge variety of water, snow or desert holidays. We’ll take you SCUBA diving in the Red Sea or kayaking and white water rafting in Canada. If you prefer snow, you can try skiing or snowboarding in the Alps or even igloo-building. For those who like warmer weather, we also have sandboarding (the desert version of skateboarding) or camel safaris.
Take a cruise to Antarctica or the northern Arctic; explore a land of white natural beauty and wonderful wildlife. Our experts will explain everything about the two poles as you watch the penguins in Antarctica or whales and polar bears in the Arctic. There’s no greater adventure than travelling to the ends of the earth. A once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Our cultural journeys will help you discover ancient civilisations: India, Thailand, Egypt and many more. Visit temples, palaces and ancient ruins – just remember to bring your camera! Get to know local ways of life by exploring markets, trying exotic foods and meeting local people.
We have trekking holidays to famous places such as Machu Picchu or the Everest Base Camp Trek, as well as some nearer to home in the Highlands of Scotland. You don’t need to be very sporty, just fairly fit. You’ll have a great time enjoying nature with a group of new friends. Some of the holidays include camping, but we’ll transport the tents for you!
We organise small-group tours to get closer to nature in Africa, Asia or South America. Go on safari in Africa and watch lions and giraffes. Meet the famous turtles of the Galapagos Islands. Look for tigers in India, or take an elephant safari in Sri Lanka. We use local guides and stay in a range of accommodation, from tents to tree houses.
CHECK YOUR UNDERSTANDING :- multiple selection
Choose all the holidays that answer the question.
A-Activity holidays , B -Polar expeditions , C- Cultural journeys . D- Trekking tours , E- Wildlife holidays.
Q1-On which holiday(s) can you see animals?
Q2-On which holiday(s) do you need to be reasonably fit?
Q3-On which holiday(s) can you meet local people?
Q4-On which holiday(s) can you go camping?
Q5-On which holiday(s) might you go up a mountain?
Q6-On which holiday(s) might you need special clothes or shoes?.
2-An Olympic blog
What an Olympics!
The Opening Ceremony
This set the scene for the Games with an amazing show featuring music, dancing, historical figures, fireworks and British humour. A huge number of volunteers practised for months to make everything perfect. The best moment was when the old lady in Buckingham Palace turned round and showed that she was neither a lookalike nor an actor but Her Majesty the Queen. The next best bit was when she jumped out of a helicopter with James Bond (although I think that actually was an actor!).
I was very proud of our team as we kept on winning medals and finished in third position in the medal table, which is truly a great result for Great Britain. There were so many incredible sportsmen and women. The ones that stand out for me are Mo Farah, the Somalian-born Londoner who won the 10,000 and 5,000 metres with the whole stadium going crazy, Jessica Ennis, the popular super-athlete from Sheffield who won the heptathlon, and Nicola Adams who won the first female boxing medal in Olympic history for Britain.
The Olympic Stadium crowd
Although the crowd cheered on the British, there was lots of support for athletes of other nationalities too like the wonderful Usain Bolt, from Jamaica, who won the 100 and 200 metres sprint to become the fastest man alive. There was also Oscar Pistorius of South Africa who was the first disabled person to compete in the Olympics. He went on to win two gold medals and a silver in the Paralympics.
I have really enjoyed being able to watch sports which are not normally shown on television. Before the Olympics I didn’t expect to love watching judo or find myself screaming at the television during a game of wheelchair tennis, but I really got into them. I didn’t know anything about goalball before the Paralympics but it became one of my favourite sports.
The organisation and the atmosphere
It took seven years of planning and 70,000 volunteers to make everything go well. Many people have said that the organisation was not as perfect as that of the Beijing Games, but there was a much better atmosphere which spread out through the whole city. The volunteers were always friendly and helpful and Londoners even began talking to each other, and visitors, on the underground trains!
CHECK YOUR UNDERSTANDING:- MULTIPLE CHOICE
Read the questions and choose the correct answer.
Q1-How long did the Olympics and Paralympics last?
A-a couple of months
B- Two weeks
Q2-What does the blogger think was the best thing during the opening ceremony?
A-the British humour
C-The Queen’s appearance
Q3-How does the blogger feel about the British athletes’ performance?
Q4-Which of these British athletes was born in a foreign country?A-
Q5-Which athlete competed in both the Olympics and Paralympics?
Q6-Which sport was completely new to the blogger?
Q7-How did the London Olympics compare to the Beijing Olympics, according to the blogger?
A-It was better organised, but the atmosphere wasn’t as good.
B-It was very similar.
C-It was not as well organised, but there was a better atmosphere.
Q-8What did the blogger say changed about Londoners during the Olympics?
B-They watched new sports.
C-They talked to each other on the trains.