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Monday, January 25, 2010

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Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand - photo take...Image via WikipediaStudent essays about travel:

Before the trip I was worried about that I could not communicate with foreigners well because I was not confident of my English standard. Later I found that communicating with foreigners was not that difficult. I met my home stay family on the first day in New Zealand. John and his wife of the host family were very nice. They took very good care of me and my roommate Ken. Their child Zac also helped me a lot.

I met my school buddy Dylan on the first day of school. Dylan was with me at school for two weeks. He learnt with me and played with me. He was my best friend there. After each lesson we had to move to another classroom for the next lesson and this is quite different from what we do in Hong Kong schools. The school days in New Zealand were fun and interesting. I also made many new friends at school.

In the trip we visited a real volcano called Mt. Eden. I thought it was very strange because around the volcano, it was full of glass. We also had a Maori culture lesson before visiting a Maori village. In this lesson I learnt two songs. One was for the visit and the other one was for the farewell party. In the visit we learnt more about Maori culture and it was interesting. We visited the sky tower, which is the landmark of Auckland, the zoo, museums and Western spring too. These places are famous in Auckland. Also we had a trip to Rotorua and stayed there for two days. Rotorua is a Maori word which means the number two lake. We had a sky ride and enjoyed the spa there. Time flew. Two weeks were just like two days. I will never forget all the things I saw and learnt in this trip. The memories will never fade too.

Andy had fun in New Zealand, traveling there with the Seagull Project:

My Kiwi Experience
4E Lam Chun Andy
Before the summer holiday, my schoolmates and I applied for the NZ study tour which lasted for 17 days. My mum had disapproved it because of the money issue but luckily I was sponsored by the Seagull Project and I only needed to pay half of the fees. My mum then let me go.
After arriving in NZ, I first visited St. Peter’s College and our host families picked us up there. My roommate Ryan and I met our homestay parent and we were so excited. They are 4 members in the homestay family and they are Victoria, Ricky, Holly and Stephy. They were very nice to us and helped us solve problems. They told me a lot of NZ cultures and customs and we had much fun.
St Peter’s college was the school I went to. There were about 1,200 boys and there was an international centre for Asian students and the staff there provided assistance to international students and students like us from a study tour.
At school, I had to go to my buddy’s class and learned with local students. When I came across with difficult vocabulary and did not understand the lesson well, my buddy would help me. Before leaving NZ, my buddy gave me souvenirs. He was so thoughtful. During the stay in NZ, my group leader Mr. Wai led our group to visit many places such as Auckland museums, Moari Villages, Auckland Zoo, St. Mark’s Shopping Mall and Rotorua. Rotorua was far from Auckland and we needed to spend 3-4 hours on the bus to get there. We had buffet lunch once we arrived there. It was fun to ride the luge after lunch and we enjoyed the spa very much in the evening.
The NZ study tour was great and it was a wonderful experience. I would remember the people, the food, the school and the places I visited. They will always be parts of my sweet memories too.

Take a look at Adventure Video of New Zealand:

Please leave an edifying Comment (see the icon at the end of the Posts) or two or three or . . .. I wrote something about travel last summer, but let your inspiration run wild. And of course, be sure to always check out what's happening at http://www.ats.edu.hk/


  1. This past summer I traveled to Sanya on Hainan Island. Sanya is not really a new international vacation destination; the sparkling clean beaches, the sumptuous seafood, and the intense sun have attracted many Eastern Europeans and Russians for years and years. But travel is easier into and around China for everyone now, and Western tourists are now finding much fun in the sun there, and the luxury hotel and resort scene has exploded. But there are also still quite a few inexpensive but pleasant hostels - preferred by low-budget backpackers, students and now, young families from around Guangdong Province.
    Of the miles and miles of beaches Sanya offers, my favourite is Dadonghai. Like a claw grabbing at the South China Sea, this southernmost crescent of glittering quartz grains is the most southern of all. I have spent some time on the beaches of the Hawaiian Islands, paradise of the Pacific Ocean. The excellent Dadonghai Beach compares favourably with some of the most popular of Oahu. I enjoyed hours of riding majestic waves, feeling the immense power of nature.
    I flew there on Hainan Air, but then left the island from the northern capital city of Haikou, traveling from there by overnight ferry to Guangzhou. After a couple days of the City of 7 Rams cuisine, I invested in some new threads. Amazing prices in the endless maze of wholesale discount shops next to the sprawling West Railway Station! ATS students expect no less from their fashion-fanatic English teachers. My clothes shopping motto: when in doubt, buy!

  2. hwslam from ATS
    I was at Sanya two summers ago and found it not as attractive to me than to you, mainly because there is not much scenery to watch besides beaches, sunshine and the sea. It didn't help by raining down heavily while I was there, followed by heavy sunshine that almost melted whoever was under the umbrella. If you'd ask me to rate Sanya as a resort with other neigbouring cities with a scale from 1 to 10, I'll only give it a 5....just pass.

  3. Today homework

    Last holiday, to Thailand in the Bangkok. My dad and mam with me went to Bangkok watched animals.
    In the Bangkok had many animals. We rided the hot-air ballon in the sky to watched animals, had zebras,giraffes and lion. Bangkok the food is very piquancy, for instance braised prawn balls in chili sauce.
    My favourite memory is Bangkok have a water paradise, it is very big and good. I am very happy.

  4. i am 高登仔,,
    golden people,,
    this summer,i have something else to do,
    eg, playing football,basketball,tabble tennis
    and the etc.
    i am very enjiy this summer holiday.
    how about you??
    have a nice day

  5. Fong Long kt 4E13
    I had my holiday with my friends.
    I visited the Stanley beach.
    I went there with my friends.
    I went there by bus and mini bus and it took
    me 60 mins to get there.