Class 3A recently wrote about memorable trips they’ve taken. They wrote about the following places: Luo Fu Mountain, Kaiping, Meizhou Island, Tokyo, New York City, Washington, DC, Taipei, Orlando, Thailand, Guangzhou, Los Angeles, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Paris, Hong Kong, and Toronto. Wow! Read the story about Toronto below and take the quiz afterwards to test your comprehension.

Vincy Chen

Travel to Toronto

I went to Toronto in July 2014. I went there with my older son and my friends. Our first stop was Niagara Falls. When the bus drove close to the bridge, I heard a loud sound from Niagara Falls. The bridge is between the U.S. and Canada. When the bus crossed the bridge, I saw Niagara Falls. It was amazing. A lot of water fell down on the lake at the same time. At that moment, I felt the power of Nature.

We passed Niagara City, then we went to Toronto. We took a two-hour boat trip around Lake Ontario. Lake Ontario is a beautiful lake, and the water is blue. I had never seen such a beautiful lake in New York.

When we finished the boat trip, we went to Toronto Tower. That is the tallest building in Toronto. There are 447 meters of metal staircase built in the Tower, and there are 1,776 steps. It is the world’s highest metal ladder, but these steps are used for emergency use. There is a glass floor at the top of the Tower. Standing on the glass floor looking down, the people looked like ants, and the cars were the size of my son’s toys. If you are scared of heights, don’t look down. I looked out of the window at the top of the Tower, and I saw whole City of Toronto. I saw the houses, I saw the boats on Lake Ontario, I saw a small airport near Lake Ontario. I felt that everything was like the city of my son’s Lego toys.

After we left the Tower, we went to the Chinatown to eat. We ate Chinese food. The Toronto Chinatown was similar to New York’s, but smaller.

The next day, we went to the Thousand Island Lake. The Thousand Island Lake is between the U.S and Canada. It is a scenic spot with 1,865 small islands which belong to the U.S. and Canada. We took a boat trip around the Thousand Island Lake, and ate breakfast in the boat. Many islands had beautiful houses. After we finished the Thousand Island Lake boat trip, we came back to New York.

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More Summer Travel Ideas

Here’s another travel story from Class 3C. When you’re finished reading the story below, remember to take the quiz to test your comprehension.

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Visiting Hong Kong

Wo Qu Hu

Hong Kong used to be an English colony. The people on the Chinese mainland felt that Hong Kong was a very mysterious island. China got it back from England in 1997. Ever since 1997, I had a dream to visit Hong Kong. In 2004, one day I got the news that regular people could apply to visit Hong Kong. I was very happy and did it immediately.

In the summer of 2004, my girlfriend and I started our trip to Hong Kong. That was a beautiful day. When I first stepped into Hong Kong, I took a deep breath and closed my eyes to feel the difference. We visited the Top of the Mountain, Ocean Park, Hong Kong Bay, Hong Kang, Jiulong and some of my relatives.

The most unforgettable thing was visiting Hong Kong Ocean Park. It was the biggest ocean park in Asia. That morning, we prepared a lot of food, snacks and water. Even though it was a little heavy, it was covered by happiness. When we stepped into the park, to the right were some sculptures of big sea animals. They looked like they were swimming in the ocean and spraying water. We took out the map and decided to take the sightseeing cable car to the top, because there are a lot of amusement rides on the top. So we went to the back of the line.

The line was so long. We waited for almost one hour. It was our turn. When I got in the gondola I was very excited. But when the sightseeing cable car was moving, I was a little nervous. Because when I looked out of our car I saw we were in the sky. We were at least 60 meters up in the air. But it was a very good spot to see the sights of Hong Kong. When we arrived the top, there was an announcement that said, “The dolphin show will start in fifteen minutes.” Even though my eyes were attracted to the amusement rides, my body was pulled to the dolphin show by my girlfriend. Even though I watched the show passively, it was a very good show.

After the show, we watched polar bears, penguins, sharks, pandas and other animals. We also rode on some amusement rides too. Even though I didn’t want to leave there, it was almost 5:30 and we really felt tired and we needed to ride the bus for more than one hour back to the hotel. So we left Hong Kong Ocean Park and left Hong Kong the next morning.

Because of its mystery, because of the beautiful scenery, because of her, Hong Kong left a deep impression on me.


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Summer Travel Ideas

Class 3C here at the University Settlement Adult Literacy Program recently wrote about some memorable trips they took. Read one below or click here to read more. Maybe you can get some good tips for traveling this summer. When you’re finished reading the story below, remember to take the quiz to test your comprehension.

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Natalia Briceno

We were bored of the heat and tranquility of my city, so some of my friends and I decided go to go camping.

We all agreed to go somewhere near where we lived. We were under the floodgates of the dam “La Paloma,” a green place with many trees and a small river running down from the high Andes Mountain leading to the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Due to the droughts of those years, the river had lost its strength and beauty.

So everyone prepared their camping supplies, food and water. My neighbor, one of my best friends from my childhood, prepared some sandwiches and bought fruit and water to carry. My cousin and her boyfriend also got everything for that Saturday afternoon. We were all to meet there, so we slowly began to gather our friends.

The men began to set up the tents; the women prepared the fire and meat to roast and at night perked up with a small battery-powered radio.

Illuminated by our campfire, sitting on the ground or on some old tree trunks, we realized that we were more people than we thought. Some sent word to their friends and these others. In the end we were more than fifteen people, from a group that started with seven.

The sky was spectacular! You could heard the run of the river and the night birds who wandered in the vegetation that night. And the smell of nature is always a pleasure to my senses. UUHHMM!

My grandfather Gabriel, a countryman all his life and passionate about mining, I remember him grinding stones to extract the gold. And also he had a plot where he cultivated grapes, avocados, peaches, figs, nuts, apples and others. It was beautiful especially because we were just steps from the river of Tulahen that for those years flowed generously.

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Most of the time my cousins, my brothers and I went there every summer. I remember my grandfather secretly prepared his famous concoctions of grapes, and as a little girl at that time I was prohibited to drink. “It’s only for the biggest who can taste these delicacies!” he said.

We all laughed together that night with my friends. Some of them danced, others joked. And I remember some of them swimming in the river that night.

My cousin started to call everyone and yelling “Make a row, make a row!” He was carrying in his hand a special bottle of the concoction which only my grandfather knew how to prepare. Proud of him, I told everyone it had been prepared by my dear Grandfather Gabriel a long time ago; may he rest in peace! Everyone raised their glasses and we made a toast on his behalf and we drank his famous concoction.

 What else? Don’t ask me, because I don’t remember.


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My Hometown

Our Computer Class students recently wrote about their hometowns. Read one example below, and take the quiz afterwards to test yourself!


My Hometown

Limei Chen

I am from Guangzhou, Guangdong (Canton), China. Canton is a province in the south of China. Guangzhou is the capital of Canton and it is near Hong Kong and Macau, but it has no coast or beach. Guangzhou is the third largest city in China. There are about 14 million people and the number is increasing every day. People in Guangzhou speak Cantonese and Mandarin.

Guangzhou is a very beautiful city. The Five Goats Statue is the symbol of Guangzhou. There are only a few hills in the city and most of the area is fields. Guangzhou has a big river that we call Pearl River, which gives us the drinking water we need. Guangzhou has never had an earthquake or hurricane. It is a very safe city. Guangzhou has four distinct seasons. Summer is longer than winter, and it’s very hot. It doesn’t snow in the winter.


Guangzhou has three big shopping areas: Beijing Road, ShangXiaJiu Road and East Tianhe business zone. Lots of tourists like to visit these shopping places.

The most famous thing in Guangzhou is the cooking culture. Guangzhou has a lot of restaurants with different kinds of food and they are open from 7 am to 12 am every day. Some of them stay open all night because many people like to have a midnight snack. Most of the Guangzhou citizens like Cantonese cuisine because it is very delicious and easy to make. Cantonese people usually have tea and refreshments (we call that Dianxing) in the morning at a restaurant. Every time you go to a restaurant for breakfast, you will see it is full and you need to wait for a seat.



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