1. If you're working with a partner, discuss the following questions. If you're working by yourself write down your answers.

Why do this?
     To prepare for the reading.
     To elicit all your background knowledge and ideas.

What does "a good holiday" mean to you? Do you enjoy travelling abroad? Do you like hiking on the mountains? Doing adventure sports? Camping? Driving from town to town? Staying in your second home?

Where were you on December 31st of 1999? How did you celebrate New Year's Eve?

Explain one of your best experiences when travelling and, also, one of the worst.

Have you been round Europe? Which countries have you visited?

Do you know Spain? Have you travelled in Catalonia? Point out a few places that you would recommend to other travellers.



"Córdoba is a truly gracious town and has kept its charm despite the large number of tourists it attracts. It is the kind of place where you can sit down for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine at a sidewalk café and enjoy any number of beautiful views such as this one I took of the cathedral from one of the narrow town streets in late afternoon." Marilyn Buettner


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