Adventure in the Amazon! Advanced student, Diego Vargas, produced an interesting and impressive piece of writing for a recent narrative activity. Read his story below to learn more about the secrets of the Colombian jungle… The Mysterious Creature by Diego Vargas A few years ago I flew to the Colombian Amazon to visit my sister and nieces. I had never been to the Amazon before, so I was quite excited, not only because I was visiting my family, but because I wanted to see and feel the energy of this amazing place. One day, my sister and I decided that it was adventure time, so we went to a natural reserve to take pictures and see wild animals. The reserve was supposedly a safe place to walk in, but what we didn’t know is that in certain places, if you walk deeper in the forest, you can get lost. As we started to see amazing birds and monkeys, we also started to get lost, because the excitement of the moment was taking us the wrong way. It was getting dark and we had been walking for hours trying to find our way back, when suddenly, and just in the moment when we were about to give up, we heard a loud noise close to us, similar to the one that a big drum produces, so we thought that we were close to the native community that looks after the reserve and started to walk towards the origin of the sound. The drum was louder and louder as we were getting close to a big lake, and just at the moment we were about to reach the lake we saw a large group of parrots flying in the opposite direction to us, so my sister, based on her pretty basic surveillance knowledge, …
The Associazione Piemontesi di Citta del Capo, one of the regional Italian associations/NGO in South Africa, is proudly presenting: “Makhelwane” My Neighbour – A Photographic Exhibition. EC Cape Town will be hosting this spectacular event which will exhibit some of Lavonne Bosman’s most inspirational images of Coffee Bay in the Transkei, South Africa. Lavonne, a local photographer and English teacher spent just over 2 years in Coffee Bay, living, educating and capturing images that literally speak to you! Piedmont, a region in North-West Italy, is well known for many icons such as FIAT, Nutella, Martini and Ferrari. The exhibition will also display a number of editorial and historical prints of the region, showcasing it’s incredible history and timeless beauty. The exhibition will be on Friday 16 August at 18.30 at EC. Come experience Cross Cultural Diversity.
The inquisitive students from the Intermediate 4 class visited the Islam Expo in Bo-Kaap. They had to practice their question forms and report writing skills. Well done! Americo from Angola and Mohammed from Libya. The “uncle” at the expo answering questions. Haithm from Yemen, Jessica and Manual from Angola. Izdehar from Libya and Alexandra from Colombia being informed by Mohammed from Libya. Haithm informing America. The Intermediate 4 Class. Alexandra and Izdehar in front of a mural depicting the origins of Islam in Cape Town. Hardie and the Intermediate 4 Class. Americo is holding up our “goodie bag”.
Saying goodbye to these lovely students:
EC student Anne from France tells us about her first day in Cape Town living with a host family, while they observe Ramadan: “My first night in Cape Town was very fantastic. After twelve hours of travelling from Paris, I could tell you when I arrived my feeling was upside down. I felt tired. When the car stopped in front of the house I was completely amazed – it’s so nice house! I love the windows & I try to imagine the view, a Cape Town view. It was incredible the whole house is in the windows and like a loft. My host family was so nice. It was a special night for them. First because my family is Muslim and it is Ramadan and this night was the husbands birthday too. All family was there- grandmothers, sisters, friends, sons and daughters. The mother is called Moseda. She is so kind that I felt very happy. Moseda prepared with her mother and sister a typical Ramadan dinner. We ate plenty of food! We started with soup and entrees, following with the main meal…& they never stop! The dinner continues all night! I went to my bed with lovely souvenirs from my first day.”