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My UK Summer Activities2018.08.30


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今日はSarah先生☆
イギリスの夏の楽しみについて
教えてくれました!

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Dear readers,

 
August is almost over!
Time flies by these days.
I’m hoping the weather cools down soon!

 
Since Summer is coming to a close,
I thought that today I’d talk a little bit
about what I’ve done in the past
during Summer holidays in the UK.

 
Summer holidays in the UK
are the longest holidays of the year.
A lot of people take two weeks off
work to enjoy some summer activities
somewhere in Britain or travel abroad
(usually to other European countries).
School children
 get about four or
five weeks of holiday time.
But for university students,
the summer is almost too long!
In my case, I finished my exams
each year in June. Then, from June
until the end of September,
there are no classes or university
activities at all. That’s about
three months of holiday time!

 
As such, in the past I filled
my summers with activities
to avoid boredom over three months.
As well as getting some kind of
summer job each year, I had
a great time doing all kinds of
other things, which often involved music!

 
Firstly, every summer in the past
I went on some kind of music tour abroad.
In the past few years I’ve been to
Florence (Italy) and Nice (France)
with my university chorus group,
and I went to Prague (Czechia)
with my jazz band. We performed
in churches and other venues
around these cities, and then
during our free time we had a lot of
fun drinking and eating delicious food
at nice restaurants and cafes,
going to the beach, or sightseeing.
There were always funny stories
to tell when we returned!

 
Secondly, in my home town
of Manchester during July every summer
a jazz festival is held in the city centre!
This is a great occasion, and myself
and my jazz-loving friends go every year
to see shows and drink in the main square.
Some of the shows are free and some cost
a small entrance fee, and they run
from the morning to about midnight
every day. There is always a mix of
established artists and new groups playing,
who are all interesting in different ways.

 
I enjoy spending time in my home town
of Manchester every summer, but since
most of my good friends live in or
near London these days I usually make
at least one trip to the capital every summer
holiday. While in London, there’s a lot
to do and see! But some of the most notable
summer events for me are the Noting hill
Carnival and the BBC Proms.
The Noting Hill Carnival is a big
street party held every year,
which originated as a celebration
of Caribbean cultures in the UK.
There are parades, and there’s a lot of
street food and parties in local bars
and pubs. It’s a great occasion!
The BBC Proms meanwhile is
a much less rowdy event,
but no less fun! This is a classical
music festival held at and around
the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington.
I’ve sang in five BBC Proms concerts
before with my old Manchester choir.
But I love being an audience member too!
The quality of the performances is
really high, and the best orchestras,
soloists and choirs from around the world
are featured. Ticket prices for this event
are also very high! But there’s a trick
to seeing the performances cheaply.
Before each show, many enthusiastic people
called ‘prommers’ (including myself) line up
outside the hall about for about six hours.
These people can buy standing tickets
for the show at the price of just
five pounds – which is great considering
the standard of the concerts! Of course,
we have no chairs, but many people
bring blankets and sit on the floor instead.
It’s very relaxing. While in the six hour long
queue for tickets, we drink and have picnics
and play games with friends,
so the wait is actually quite pleasant!
The area surrounding the Royal Albert
Hall is really lovely.

 
Finally, as well as all these big events
and trips abroad, I also really enjoy
simple barbeques and garden parties
with friends and family in the summer.
Some of my family members have nice,
big gardens which are ideal for outdoor
parties! At such events I like to drink
Pimms or sangria. Unfortunately
in Japan it seems most people don’t have
gardens, but regardless it’d be
too hot most days here to have a party outside!

 
I hope that’s given you a glimpse into
what kind of activities I would usually
enjoy in the past during the summer holiday
in the UK. As always if you have any queries
or want to discuss this then let me know!
I’d be happy to tell you more.

 
Have a nice, relaxing week!
All the best,
 
Sarah

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先日Sarah先生のアイディアで行った、
“Garden Party”は大盛況でした!
美味しいスコーンと紅茶で、
イギリス気分を味わいましたよ〜♪
イギリスのこと、もっとSarah先生に
聞いてみて下さいね!

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