|My Host Family in Sawston/我那索斯顿的一家人|
|http://www.sina.com.cn 2004/05/28 16:34 英语广场|
In the Summer holiday, our school organized a trip for us to England, where my classmates and I stayed with English families and studied for about 20 days.
First Impression of Host Family
I arrived at the airport in London at 9 o’clock on July 16th. Then the coach picked us up and drove us to the small town of Sawston. When we reached Sawston, it was 11:30 at night. It was a little cold and very quiet everywhere. I thought the host family would take us home the next day. But to my great surprise, they were still waiting for me in the cold air. I was greatly moved and felt nervous, because I had never been so close to a British family.
My host mother, Claire Carse, took me home and gave me some food to eat. She said I must have been very tired after nearly 3 days’ travel. Then she led me to see my bedroom. It was not big, but comfortable. I was so tired that I fell fast asleep as soon as I lay on the bed.
At 8 o’clock the next morning, the host mother woke me up. I went downstairs and began to look around the house. Small as it was, with two floors and a garden, it was full of happiness. (Later on, I found that almost all the English families had gardens with different styles.) This time I kept the names of the other family members in mind – her husband Kevin Carse, her daughter Rebecca Carse, a cat called Molly and a hamster. I took a shower and had a traditional English food: Toast, milk and orange juice. They asked me whether I would like traditional food or not and of course I did, yet I did not enjoy it at all.
After breakfast, the family invited me to watch TV with them. I was surprised to see that they had 999 channels on TV!!! How lucky they were, I thought. How could they control so many TV programs at the same time, I wondered.
Getting Lost on My Way “Home”
On my first day in Britain, Claire walked me to school and told me that I had to go back by myself after school. On hearing this, so as not to forget the way, I paid attention to the blue door on the garage in front of my host family’s home. In the afternoon, I went out of the school and walked in the direction from which I had come. I walked and walked and suddenly I found that all the houses around me were almost the same! I tried to recall the road signs and finally remembered the blue garage door. I looked for it but there were so many blue garage doors in that area. I began to feel frightened. What could I do? I was in Britain! I told myself to calm down. In fact, I had no any other choice but to check all the houses one after another.
I went round and round, noticing that when some drivers spotted somebody standing by the side of the road where there was no green signal for them to pass, they would stop and let pedestrians go first. People walked down the streets smiling at each other. Their smiles would make me feel warm, even in winter. Thank goodness. It took me almost 30 minutes to see the white car that had picked me up the night before. I was sure it was Claire’s car! I relaxed at once. I walked to the house and knocked on the door. Claire opened the door and smiled, “Did you get lost?” she asked. I nodded and told her what had happened. However, I did not notice any anxiety on her face. I thought that perhaps she had given me this chance to train me. Anyway, I found my way home and had a nice dinner that evening as a reward.
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