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Unusual Excursion Around the City
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Unusual Excursion Around the City

Two friends are talking about an unusual excursion around the city. 

 

Voiced by Oleksandra Kashtalyan and Arina Sidorkina

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Unusual Excursion Around the City

- Recently, my husband has given me an unusual present. It was an excursion.

- Wow, not bad, ha? Let me guess! Did you go to San Francisco?

- No, no, much better. The excursion was through my native city, where I have already lived for 20 years.

- Ok. Now I don't understand a thing. What?

- The thing is that we were going along the streets I see every day, but that time I was blindfolded. That's funny, but it was a real eye-opener for me!

- For instance…

- For instance, that was the first time I noticed that two acacias grow right near our parking lot! And they smell gorgeous, but I was always too busy looking how awfully our neighbour parked, so I never noticed them.

- That's interesting! Tell me more.

- For the first time I didn't focus on traffic jams, and I heard how happy kids were making fast steps on the sidewalk returning home after school. Daniel was telling me how a street vendor was feeding a homeless dog and how impatient was the man with flowers at the cash machine.

I liked the city I heard more than the city I saw every day. We had a great time at the grocery shop, I touched cool vegetables in the middle of a hot day and I guessed their color. There were some places I recognized immediately, for example, an old library, it smelled like nothing else. I recognized one underpass as well because of my favorite street musician who has been playing here for two years. But there was one place I recognized because of its silence – a huge old temple in the city centre.

When we started running into people I understood we were in the department store. It was interesting even without shop windows!

- Did you go to the suburbs?

- Suburbs? Are you kidding me? It would be too cruel!

- We explored only the downtown. The court, the House of Parliament. When I was too tired, we took a double-decker bus.

- Wow…

- Although, I would say it was not the most interesting thing. The real challenge was when I had to cross a busy intersection with my eyes closed just holding my husband's hand. But I passed this test for trust!

- You know what? I hope you didn't throw your blindfold away. I guess, it's time to take my husband for such an excursion. He really needs to pass the test for trust…

- Ok, but, please, make sure when you cross an intersection there is a pharmacy close to it.

- Ok, you have just failed the trust test for me!

 

Vocabulary

grocery shop - бакалейный магазин

cash machine - кассовый аппарат

temple - храм

parking lot - парковка

sidewalk - тротуар

underpass - подземный переход

street vendor - уличный торговец

intersection - перекресток

pharmacy - аптека

department store - универмаг

traffic jam - дорожная пробка

acacia - акация

city center - центр города

suburbs - окраины

explore - исследовать

downtown - бизнес район города

double-decker bus - двухъярусный автобус

court - здание суда

the House of Parliament - парламент