Elementary Listening Practice

A Grand Vacation - Transcript

Henrietta meets a friend on the train and asks him about his European vacation.

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Henrietta: Hey Alan, is that you?

Alan: Oh, hi Henrietta. What a surprise to see you! Are you going to work?

Henrietta: Yes, and you? Why are you on this train?

Alan: I'm finishing my vacation. Today's my last day. I went all over Europe. Twenty-four days, seven countries.

Henrietta: That sounds incredible! Tell me all about it. I really want to see the rest of Europe.

Alan: I started in Amsterdam. I met my Dutch friend Rita there.

Henrietta: How do you know her?

Alan: We went to college together. I stayed in Amsterdam for three days. The weather was rainy and windy and really cold, but I had a great time. It's a very cosmopolitan, international city.

Henrietta: What did you do there? Did you see all the canals?

Alan: Yes, they were so beautiful. We also visited two huge art galleries. They had exhibitions of the old Dutch painters like Vermeer and Rembrandt. After leaving Amsterdam, I spent some time in Brussels with Rita and then I went to Munich.

Henrietta: I really want to go to Germany!

Alan: It's a very interesting place. Very historical. I visited one house in Munich that was 800 years old. It was incredible.

Henrietta: That's so old!

Alan: It was a very clean house too! The weather in Munich was warm so I was happy. I took so many photos of the city.

Henrietta: Did you spend a lot of money on hotels?

Alan: No, not really. I had a very good guide book with me, very informative. And it had information about all the good, cheap places. In Munich, I stayed in a hostel for about 20 euros a night.

Henrietta: Wow, that is cheap! What did you eat in Germany? I hear the food is delicious.

Alan: They have these huge sausages and you eat them with a long piece of bread - very tasty.

Henrietta: Did you go to Italy, Alan?

Alan: Yes, after a few days in Munich, I caught the train south to Italy and stayed two days in Milan.

Henrietta: You really saw everything. I'm so jealous. I was here in London in the rain!

Alan: Oh, what a pity! This is my station. I have so many things to tell you. Listen, tonight I'll phone you.

Henrietta: Great, and this weekend, we can go out and eat German sausage!

Alan: OK, speak to you tonight. Bye!

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