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VOA慢速英语2014 环球之旅中的朋友和记忆

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Family Makes Friends and Memories on World Trip 环球之旅中的朋友和记忆

Many families take their children on vacation. They will usually travel for a few days or weeks during school breaks. But Julie and Tim Rivenbark planned a longer vacation with their two children -- the Rivenbark family is on a one-year trip around the world. They plan to visit 30 countries in all.

Right now, the four travellers are about halfway1 through their trip. Ms. Rivenbark says they are trying to see as much of the world as they can.

She says "We have been through Europe, southern Africa, now we are kind of working our way through Asia. So we have been to a bunch of big cities, like Dubai, Johannesburg, Rome and Bangkok."

The family has also spent time floating in kayaks in Italy, flying in hot air balloons in Myanmar, hiking to the Everest Base Camp in Nepal and going on safari2 in South Africa.

Mr. Rivenbark says the family has also ridden on ostrich3 birds, elephants, and camels. But, he says, one of the most interesting experiences of the trip has been meeting new people.

"People have been extremely friendly, very welcoming and love our kids -- interacting4 with them and their reaction to see our kids enjoying themselves in their country."

Eleven-year old Tyler says he has enjoyed learning about the people they have met.

"I learned in Africa that people have very different lifestyles than in America."

His sister, 9-year-old Kara, discovered that she liked Thai food.

Ms. Rivenbark says that the extended trip teaches the children a lot more than short visits would have.

"I think that the longer that we travel, the more impact it has on how they see the world. I can see them changing more than they can see themselves."

It took the family a year to prepare for the trip. They had to sell their house and cars. Ms. Rivenbark quit her job and her husband is using unpaid5 leave.

They carry small bags filled with lightweight clothing and whatever else they need.

Ms. Rivenbark says she enjoys being able to carry everything she needs on her back. She says she does not miss the things she has back home.

"What has become more important is making these memories as a family and taking those with us instead."

Tyler and Kara each have iPads so they can communicate with teachers to stay current with their schoolwork. Tyler is also creating a 365-day video blog.

Words in This Story

kayak – n. a long narrow boat that is pointed6 at both ends and that is moved by a paddle with two blades

hike – v. to walk a long distance especially for pleasure or exercise; to go on a hike

safari – n. a journey to see or hunt animals, especially in Africa

impact – n. a powerful or major influence or effect


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1 halfway Xrvzdq     
adj.中途的,不彻底的,部分的;adv.半路地,在中途,在半途
参考例句:
  • We had got only halfway when it began to get dark.走到半路,天就黑了。
  • In study the worst danger is give up halfway.在学习上,最忌讳的是有始无终。
2 safari TCnz5     
n.远征旅行(探险、考察);探险队,狩猎队
参考例句:
  • When we go on safari we like to cook on an open fire.我们远行狩猎时,喜欢露天生火做饭。
  • They went on safari searching for the rare black rhinoceros.他们进行探险旅行,搜寻那稀有的黑犀牛。
3 ostrich T4vzg     
n.鸵鸟
参考例句:
  • Ostrich is the fastest animal on two legs.驼鸟是双腿跑得最快的动物。
  • The ostrich indeed inhabits continents.鸵鸟确实是生活在大陆上的。
4 interacting Jq3zFP     
adj.相互影响的;相互作用的
参考例句:
  • The interacting surfaces were lubricated with a mineral oil. 相互作用表面是用矿物油润滑的。
  • Proteins which have two separate but interacting sites are called allosteric proteins. 这种具有两个不同而又相互作用位置的蛋白质叫做变构蛋白质。
5 unpaid fjEwu     
adj.未付款的,无报酬的
参考例句:
  • Doctors work excessive unpaid overtime.医生过度加班却无报酬。
  • He's doing a month's unpaid work experience with an engineering firm.他正在一家工程公司无偿工作一个月以获得工作经验。
6 pointed Il8zB4     
adj.尖的,直截了当的
参考例句:
  • He gave me a very sharp pointed pencil.他给我一支削得非常尖的铅笔。
  • She wished to show Mrs.John Dashwood by this pointed invitation to her brother.她想通过对达茨伍德夫人提出直截了当的邀请向她的哥哥表示出来。
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