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Describing a Trip

Amelia’s dad is an explorer. Recently, she went on a trip with him to Antarctica, to the South Pole. She has just returned to school again and is telling her friend, Amelia, all about it…

Tanya: Hi Amelia! I haven’t seen you for ages! Where have you been?

Amelia: Hi Tanya! You’re right - I was away travelling for two weeks with my dad and his friends from work. We travelled to the farthest point south on the earth, the South Pole, in Antarctica. It was an amazing experience!

Tanya: That sounds incredible! Tell me more - what was it like?

Amelia: Well, it was very windy and extremely cold, around minus 50 degrees Celsius! So, we had to wear lots of layers of clothing to keep ourselves warm. It was an experience I’ll never forget!

Tanya: How did you manage to avoid getting hypothermia or frostbite?

Amelia: Well, we had to be prepared for the freezing conditions. Before going on the trip, we spent a lot of time exercising to improve our fitness levels. We bought lots of thermal clothing for the cold weather conditions too.

Tanya: I’m impressed! What did you do there?

Amelia: We spent two weeks there travelling around until we reached our destination, the South Pole. We went kayaking, skiing and hiking too. It was an experience of a lifetime!

Tanya: It sounds amazing! Do you have any photos?

Amelia: Yes, I have lots of photos - come and have a look!

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Describing a Trip


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