7e Work in pairs. Read your partners’ letters and compare your problems.
1a Look at the information about four travel books by Michael Palin. Match the books with photos A-D.
1) Pole to Pole is about a 141-day journey from the North Pole to the South Pole.
2) Himalaya is the story of a journey across the world’s greatest mountains, from Afghanistan to China.
3) Sahara is about a journey across the desert that is the size of the USA and covers ten different countries.
4) Full Circle is the story of a 50,000km trip round the Pacific Ocean. The writer visited 17 countries on four continents.
1b These extracts come from the four books. Match each extract with one of the books.
A. The air is still, and a watery sun gives the place a lonely feel. The temperature is minus 25 degrees Co. They say this is warm.
B. We are out of the crowded Asian Pacific area and into the great empty spaces of Australasia. In Java there are 850 people for every square kilometer of land; in Australia, just over two.
C. Everest Base Camp is nowhere near as romantic as it sounds. In high season, between June and August, this area is packed with mountaineers and trekkers. This year there were 32 separate expeditions.
D. Morocco has changed colour. The greens and golds of the north have become a line of pale yellow trees running beside the road. Beyond them, the land is brick-red and bare.
1c Read the book extracts and find adjectives with these meanings.
1 not moving 2 sad and alone
3 full of people 4 with nothing in it
5 light, not strong colour 6 not covered, nothing there