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Extreme Travel
Extreme tourism (also known as shock tourism) is a type of
niche
tourism involving travel to
dangerous places (mountains, jungles, deserts, caves, etc.) or participation in dangerous events.
Extreme tourism is most popular in countries of the former Soviet Union and in South America.
This
is mostly due to the extreme temperatures and
landforms
which can be found in those places.
Why
do you think some people want to go on extreme travel vacations?
Would you like to experience an
'extreme vacation'?
In Donsol, Philippines, extreme tourists have the opportunity to swim with whale sharks.
A whale
shark is the largest living fish species, and can often be found
in excess
of
12 meters in length.
Although it is very large and has a large mouth, much like whales, it mainly feeds
on
microscopic
plants in the water.
Tourists in Donsol are not allowed to use scuba gear or
underwater scooters – it's just the tourist, the whale shark, and the deep, blue sea.
Ever want to become a race car driver?
For the bargain price of 22 Euros per
lap
, you can try out
your skills on the Nurburgring racetrack in Germany.
It is considered the most dangerous racetrack
in the world, and there is no speed limit.
Don't forget to wear your helmet!
Many people have heard about the
'Racing of the Bulls' in Pamploma,
Spain.
What many people have not
heard about is the Bullfight Festival in
Tamil Nadu, India.
Although it is lesser
known, it is much more dangerous.
In
the festival, people aren't just running
with the bulls, but getting dangerously
close to them.
What's the catch?
Well, money has been tied to each
bull's horns, so people are getting
close to the bulls in order to try
to
snatch
the bills from their horns.
Those that love to climb mountains
have the opportunity to
try
their hand
at
ice climbing in the Canadian Rocky
Mountains.
Ice climbing is much more dangerous because in place of rocks and land, there is only
slippery ice.
Ice also takes on many different forms from thick to thin and hard to soft, so it takes an
expert to properly analyze how to climb and ice mountain.
Have you ever wanted to become a
spelunker
?
Spelunking is an activity in which participants go
into and explore caves.
It is a dangerous activity, and more often than not, they have little or no
training.
A professional (often a scientist) who knows how to explore caves is called a caver.
As a
result, there was a popular bumper sticker in the United States in the 1960's which read, “Cavers
save spelunkers.”
It can get very cold in caves, so don't forget your jacket......and don't get lost!
Which of the above types of extreme tourism do you find most interesting?
What other types of
extreme tourism do you know about?
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Niche
= [NOUN & ADJECTIVE] A job or activity that is very suitable to someone in
particular;
.
[Unfortunately, Alyona has never really found her niche in life.]
Landforms
=
One of the features that make up the earth's surface, such as a plain,
mountain, or valley.
In excess (of)
= Greater than; More than.
[I can't believe how hungry Sarah was.....she ate in
excess of 5 slices of pizza!
Lake Baikal is in excess of 740 meters deep.]
Microscopic
= Very, very small.
So small as to be seen only under a microscope.
[There are many
species of microscopic bugs.
Therefore, you should regularly clean your bedroom, even if you don't
see any dust on your furniture.]
Lap
= Here: One time around the racetrack.
[In the Daytona 500 race, the driver who completes
500 laps first is declared the winner.]
What's the catch?
= What aren't you telling me? = What are the conditions? = “This seems like a
great deal/offer/situation, but it seems too good to be true, so what isn't being explained to
me?”
[Jane: You can have this toy.
Bob: What's the catch?
Jane: You have to give me your toy.]
To snatch
= To grab something quickly.
[Before I could object, my father snatched my telephone and
told me that I couldn't take any more calls during dinner.]
To try (one's) hand at
(something)
= To give something a try.
[Oh, you think you're good at all
sports?
Why don't you try your hand at Rugby?
It's not as easy as you think!]
Spelunker
= A person who goes into and explores caves.
[Activity name: Spelunking (USA),
Potholing (GBR)]
CHERNOBYL
One of the most growing markets of extreme
tourism involves visits to Chernobyl.
People from across the globe are attracted
to Chernobyl due to its mysterious nature.
However, due to radiation, it is obviously still
very dangerous to visit the site of the 1986
accident.
Nevertheless, there are a lot of
people who wish to do so.
In 2006, the
speaker of Ukraine's parliament, Volodymyr
Lytvyn, wanted to encourage such tourism,
saying, “I think we must do everything
to
derive
some practical good out of this
tragedy, including by organizing extreme
tourism.”
Others feel that such tours are
irresponsible and disrespectful.
Would you go on a tour to Chernobyl?
Do
you agree with Mr. Lytvyn, or those who
oppose tours to Chernobyl?
To derive
= To get something from something else.
[You can derive much knowledge from reading
the encyclopedia.
He derived much pleasure from watching his enemy suffer.]
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ARTICLES QUIZ
At our meeting, you will have to decide whether to add an article or possessive pronoun.....or
nothing at all.
CONVERSATIONS
Kai
:
Hey Vadim, I am
bored to
death
here in the United States.
Let's
take a vacation!
Vadim
:
Okay, I could use a short
holiday.
Why don't we go to Paris?
Kai
:
Well, Paris is a great city, but I
want to do something exciting and
unusual.....why don't we go on an
adventure vacation or something?
Vadim
:
Well, what did you have in
mind?
Kai:
Hmm, I don't know......we could
go snorkeling amongst sharks in the
Great Barrier Reef.....
Vadim
:
I don't have a death
wish.
What else you got?
Kai
:
Well, what about a ride to space?
Vadim
:
Did you win the lottery upon your return to the States?
Unless you've got 40 grand to spare,
I think we'd better come up with something else.
Kai
:
I read an article about dog sledding in the Arctic.
That might be fun.....
Vadim
:
Are you kidding me?
We just endured one of the worst winters in decades here.
Why would
I want to go through more bitter cold?
It's spring – let's do something warm.
Kai
:
Okay, well then, let's climb Mount Kilimanjaro!
Vadim
:
Mount “What”?
Kai
:
Mount Kilimanjaro!
It's the highest mountain in Africa at 5,895 meters.
Let's climb it.
Vadim
:
You've lost it!
I'm not climbing that mountain in that heat!
Kai
:
Okay, Vadim, what would you like to do for our vacation?
Vadim
:
Let's go clubbing in Lisbon!
Viktor
:
Did someone say “clubbing”?
Kai
:
Clubbing?
How is that 'adventure' travel?
Vadim
:
It's always an adventure when Vadim is around!
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(To be) bored to death
= To be very, very bored.
[Listening to Professor Johnson's lectures bores me
to death!
I want to do something interesting.]
What else you got?
= Colloquial way [(
incorrect
grammatically)] of asking someone what other
ideas they have.
This is usually used when the last thing that the person suggested does not appeal
to the other person, so they want to know what other options are available.
[Hey James, let's trade
lunches.
I see you have a banana, and I have a peach.....I love bananas, so let's exchange our
fruits.
--Hmm, I don't like peaches.
What else you got?
--Well, I have this pear....
--Okay, I like
pears.
Let's trade.]
You've lost it! = You're crazy!
Just Speak!
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Written by Bunny
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