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  • Q1

    Write a narrative description of your first day in Lviv, an old city of Ukraine.

    Marks:25
    Answer:

    The city of Lviv, in Ukrainian, greatly reminded me of several famous cities of Central and Eastern Europe that I have been to, such as Prague and Saint Petersburg. At the same time, it has many features that make this western Ukrainian city unique. Lviv is rather small, though rich with monuments; as a result, you literally cannot make a single step without running into the next attraction.

    The first thing that caught my eye was the architecture. Perhaps, for those who have travelled across Europe, it could seem less unique, but I was astonished. The reason for my surprise was that Lviv’s houses breathe with antiquity: the city isn’t so restored as Prague, for instance. So, while walking the streets, you will repeatedly catch yourself imagining you got into the 17th century somehow; many regular buildings in Lviv are at least three centuries old. I got one of my first bright impressions about Lviv almost immediately after my arrival, walking around the City Centre early in the morning, searching for a hostel to check into.

    The weather was foggy, and after turning the next corner, I suddenly ran into the amazing Tower of Kornyakt, named after a Greek merchant who built it in the second half of 1570s. The feeling I got was that the Tower swam out of the mist, appeared from nowhere, ancient and mysterious.

    After walking around the city and getting cold, I finally found a place to settle down for a couple of days: a cheap but tidy hostel in the center of Lviv.

    Besides architecture, I must emphasize two other things that caught my attention in Lviv: the number of themed cafes and restaurants, and extremely polite and affable people. As for the cafes, they can be safely considered a hallmark of the city; looking back, I can tell you that you can hardly find two cafes in Lviv that would be at least remotely similar to each other. During my first day, I visited the renowned “House of Legends”. My advice: if you want to enjoy a beautiful cityscape, climb to the roof of this restaurant at sunset; sitting there with a cup of coffee and watching the sun roll behind ancient roofs was a remarkable experience for me.

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  • Q2

    Write a narrative description of your long walk on a train track.

    Marks:25
    Answer:

    It has been my dream since childhood to walk from Seattle to Chicago on train tracks. I set off this morning from my city of Edmonds at 6:45 am, as planned. It took me half an hour to walk down to the tracks, fueled by my crumbled eggs and oatmeal breakfast.

    I was a bit crazy to go on this so-called expedition; I am a 22-year-old boy with all the necessary equipment to survive my journey. And also, I know the nature of train tracks well: when trains are coming, when there will be no trains for a while, the timing to jump out of the way if a train suddenly appears in my vision, and so on.

    I chose the month of April to begin my journey, as spring in Seattle is not too cold and not too hot. The greenery in Washington State at this time is sometimes hard to describe in its heavenly sight. The rain definitely contributes to making this state lush with greenery and blossoms.

    I could see the usual guests of the morning: flocks of seagulls surveying the rather calm waters of the Pacific Ocean; a large number of crows hangs out in pine trees of fir trees; and the scent of tar on the tracks.

    This track was not frequented with trains much. In the first three hours of walking, two trains had come: one cargo and one passenger. I easily picked up on the signals of them coming and leaped to the side into the forest before they could crush me to death.

    I had lunch at around 1pm. Salami, cheddar cheese, and cookies, simple but tasty. My father used to eat the same on his expeditions.

    In the late afternoon, I saw a bald eagle swooping over the forest and over the Pacific Ocean as well. It was a majestic sight. I also saw some blue herons in the shallower waters. It made me feel like my journey has an auspicious beginning.

    Over the day, some people stared at me, wondering why I was walking on the tracks with a hiking backpack. Sometimes people report walkers on train tracks to police, so I have to be a bit careful.

    At night, I was near the start of the city boundaries of Seattle, and decided to set up in a meadow on the left side of the tracks, having the Pacific Ocean no longer there. I tried to be inconspicuous as possible, setting up my tiny tent in a group of bushes among high grass. It didn’t seem like many people came this way anyways—only to relieve themselves at times. I heated up a can of tomato soup and accompanied it with baked beans for dinner.

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  • Q3

    Write a narrative description of your visit to Tagaytay, Philippines with your school friends.

    Marks:25
    Answer:

    I’ve been to so many places, but I never thought that Tagaytay is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to. When I was in Grade 5, I got a chance to ride in a bus with my classmates. My first field trip was in Tagaytay. I was so happy that my parents allowed me to go there. It is one of Philippines’ most popular tourist destinations because of its outstanding scenery and cooler climate provided by its high altitude. Finally, the day came and I woke up earlier than ever before. I got to school at 4 am, and I found my best friend in the bus, sitting with her mother. I was with my mom and dad. Oh, my sister was there too.

    The bus was full at 5:30 am. As the bus moved, all the children in the bus shouted in excitement. After an hour, I guess, the bus stopped at a gasoline station surrounded with restaurants and shops. We bought some snacks at McDonalds, my favourite. Finally, we moved on and got to the bus. After a while, my classmates are in the bus. All in! While the bus was on its way to Tagaytay, I ate my fries from McDonald’s.

    When we arrived at our first place Leisure Park, we got into the Coffee Farm. After, the guide showed us Flower Gardens and the Worms World. There I first touched a worm. Even though it`s an “eew” still, I touched it and it tickled me, especially when it was in my palm. Anyways, when we got to the Butterfly Garden, we first passed through a Wishing Well. Too bad, I don`t have any wish with me. Then, after that we got into the bus again and go in the famous castle in Tagaytay, Fantasy World, I saw the castle painted with different colors. I also saw a hanging bridge, It was so scary, but, I wanted to get pass through it. There, I also saw the Taal Volcano from the castle. After, we got into the Gardenia Factory at Batangas. We got home, safely. Even though I got so tired, I enjoyed it.

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  • Q4

    Narrate your road journey from Chennai to Pondicherry with school friends.

    Marks:10
    Answer:

    Hints – After a long time I was going on a trip with my college mates….we sat in the bus and it started…the bus was extremely comfortable and all of us were having a great time singing and dancing….few of us took pictures of the picturesque landscape….the eateries along the roadside offered mouth watering south Indian food….I had the best time of my life during that journey..

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  • Q5

    Narrate the journey to the U.S. when there was a terrorist on the plane. He was arrested and everyone was saved.

    Marks:10
    Answer:

    Hints – Excited to travel yet another time by plane...the plane took off and it was a very comfortable journey….a terrorist all of sudden popped up from the crowd….he had a revolver…we all were very scared…there happened to be U.S. marshals on the plane and they caught hold of the terrorist…everyone took a sigh of relief…it was a very scary and unforgettable journey…..

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