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1 _____ city/train 3 _____ room/bottle 5 _____ feet/wall
2 _____ face/colour 4 _____ person/life 6 _____ lake/water
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2a What famous explorers do you know?

B Read the interview with Michael Palin and put the questions 1-6 in the right place (a-f).

1 Which countries have your visited?

2 How many books have your written?

3 What have you learned from your different trips?

4 What’s the best place that you’ve visited?

5 When did you become a travel writer?

6 Have you eaten any unusual things?


Around the world with Palin

By Stuart McCarthy

Michael Palin has visited many countries and he has become one of our most popular travel writers. I asked him about his fascinating life.


When I was 42, in 1988. I made a TV series – Around the world in 80 days – and wrote a book about that trip, and so I started this great career.

b) _______________________________________________________________

I’ve written six travel books – one for each TV series.

c) ______________________________________________________________ Perhaps you should ask which countries I haven’t visited! I’ve travelled from the North Pole to the South Pole, and across every continent. A very lucky man!

d) _______________________________________________________________

Oh, definitely. I’ve eaten insects and a snake. I ate that when I was in China, in 1985. It tasted like chicken.

e) _______________________________________________________________

Ah, my favourite place is in Peru – the river near Machu Picchu. It’s the most wonderful, magical place I’ve ever been to in all my travels.

f) _______________________________________________________________

The most important thing that I have learned is that people are warm, kind and fun all over the world, and that a smile really is universal.


2c Are this sentences true or false?

1 He wrote his first travel book after he made a TV travel series.

2 He has made six TV travel series.

3 He has never visited South America.

4 He ate insects in 1985.

5 His favourite place is in Africa.

6 He thinks there are friendly people everywhere.

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