INTRODUCTION The narrator, Antonio, is a Spanish young man. He studied at Salamanca University, where e met several British students. He makes different trips to England to visit relatives, school friends and childhood friends. His hosts take him to see the sights in their area. His anecdotes deal with historical facts and British culture, traditional and celebrations. He tells us about the newpeople he meets, the places he visits and his personal experiences. BEFORE READING ACTIVITIES • Antonio is a Spanish young man, his father is American and he spent a long time in United States. Antonio has just finished the university. He has studied in Salamanca University, and met some foreign students there who he likes to visit in Britain. • He visits: London, York, Oxford, Cardiff, Cornwall,Manchester, Edinburgh and Scotland in this order. • Antonio goes to: pub, carnival, theatre, old market, cathedral, castle, restaurant, football match. WHILE−READING ACTIVITIES • Carpet: Catifa Joke: Broma Rhyming: Rima Beards and horns on their helmets: Barbes i banyes als seus cascs Former: Anterior Silly: Tonto Shape: Forma Church: Esglèsia Waitress: Cambrera Leaflet: Prospecte 5. IntroductionAntonio is presented to we and in a conversation with his friend Mark said that generalize about British people, costumes, etc. is wrong. Antonio is a Spanish young man, his father is American and he spent a long time in United States. Antonio has just finished the university. He has studied in Salamanca University, and met some foreign students there who he likes to visit in Britain. London(Chapters 1 and 2) Antonio visited London with a Spanish friend and they went to a typical British pub but in Britain most of the 1
pubs close so early and this surprised Pablo. The next afternoon Antonio took his friend to a good Hotel in the centre of London and drank a tea in a tearoom. In New Year's Eve Antonio and Pablo went to Trafalgar Square to listen the bells but they couldn't hear to thembecause there were a lot of people. They went to Globe Theatre on the south bank of the River Thames and saw a Shakespeare's performance. Later they travel by The Tube, one of most special places of London and they was surprised to see a Muslim woman who only her eyes were uncovered. I can't understand this reaction because in Spain this image is very usual. They ate in a Chinese Restaurant inChinatown and later went to see the Caribbean carnival in Notting Hill. They took a typical London Taxi and the driver talked to Antonio and Pablo in Cockney rhyming slang and they couldn't understand to him. York (Chapter 3) York is a country with much history, Antonio traveled alone by train and meets Barbara Green who said to the foreigner that could stay in the Green Guest House that was cheap.In this house he ate a typical, enormous breakfast. Antonio visited the Jorvik Viking Center and arrived at Coppergate Market (based on 948 AD). Later in the streets of York a man asked Antonio about the way to York Minister and he decided to visit it with the man who was from Chicago. York Minister is the biggest Gothic cathedral in Europe, it took more than 250 years to build and was finished in1480. It has very impressive windows at stained glass. They visited the Castle Museum and talk about the ghosts who live in it. Oxford (Chapter 4) Oxford University is one of the oldest and most prestigious university in the world. Antonio appeared in the Oxford shopping district and was immediately disappointed. He later visited the gardens of Magdalen College that have a beautiful bell−tower,next to the medieval bridge. Antonio dinner a typical meal of fish and chips in a traditional−looking pub and the barman explained to him the history of Scholastica Massacre in 1355. At night Antonio and his ex−girlfriend Lisa went to a May Ball who is a very elegant dance, and at the end of Ball they were to the Magdalen Bridge and saw that the people was jumping into the river and they jumped...
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