1250 Childhood Memory
Daniel talks about some fond memories of growing up in the country in Chile.
- Audio Notes
Daniel: Well, yeah, I do. I had a great time when I was a kid but definitely my best memory is, well, holidays. When I was a kid in Chile, we used to have a three month summer holiday and it was brilliant because I used to go to the countryside to my great-grandma's house and she had kind of a hostel at that time and it was brilliant because you had people coming in and out all the time, new people. The town was like really, really small and everything was so natural so I got to spend three months every summer in a really nice place doing nothing but playing with my friends all the time, going to the beach every day and like having amazing food. It was too good to be true, seriously. Unfortunately like then I grew older and I couldn't have the three months so I was going like, I don't know, two weeks and stuff like that. And then lately I couldn't go any more so it's shame but at the same time it's a great, it's really good that I got the chance to do it and I got the chance to experience it and I think that's one of my great memories of my childhood.
Vella: So you go there every summer?
Daniel: Well, not any more but I used to go there when I was a kid every, pretty much every summer, yeah.
Vella: So how did you spend the time? Like what did you do? Did you just play with friends or...?
Daniel: Well, yeah, I used to get up really late every day then I don't know go for a football game with friends then, I don't know, having an amazing lunch. In the afternoon going to the beach, coming back, have dinner and then go out and play again. It was really like the same thing every day but at the same time since I was playing every day it didn't feel like a routine so, I don't know, three months doing that every year was amazing.
Vella: I mean food and friends, my definition of having fun.
Daniel: Yeah, yeah, it is definitely, yeah.
Vella: So you had three months holiday?
Vella: Summer holiday? That's pretty long.
Daniel: Yeah, it's because, well we finish everything in December before Christmas and New Year so you have pretty much the whole of December plus January and February. That's the summer in Chile.
Vella: Interesting, summer in December.
Daniel: Well, yeah, it is actually.
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- The living arrangement in the dorms is very difficult
- They have a very difficult living arrangement right now.
(a little bit) leery
I was a little bit leery about living with roommates, but I
didn't want to live alone.
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- She always feels a bit leery about doing new things.
- Are you leery about moving away?
close to tears
We were close to tears from laughing so hard on the train.
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- She was so frustrated that she was close to tears.
- The team was close to tears when they lost the game.
squabbles or tend to come up
The little squabbles that tend to come up seem to be solved
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- Little squabbles tend to come up all the time in life.
- My sister and I squabble all the time.
leave (everything familiar) behind
It's what's to be expected when you leave everything
and have new experiences.
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- Would you be scared to move to a new place and leave
you know behind?
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