Have you visited Anglais.re? It’s a fantastic website to practise your English… for free! As well as fun quizzes, there is a weekly audio file called a ‘podcast’, with a native English speaker talking about something in Reunion.
This week’s podcast was in fact a ‘vodcast’, which means ‘video podcast’! Why? Well, it was filmed in a rather special location, up on Reunion Island’s erupting volcano, Le Piton de La Fournaise, which has currently been erupting for the last four weeks, and apparently it’s the fourth eruption this year.
Now, as it’s been going for so long, I said to myself “James, you MUST get up there as quickly as possible before the eruption stops”, because usually they only last for a few hours or a few days, but this one has been going for four weeks, and I said “if I don’t go now, I’m going to miss it!”
A spectacular viewpoint called Piton Bert
So, up at the crack of dawn : 2am alarm clock, a two hour drive from St Paul, then an hour and a half’s jog round the crater to this spectacular viewpoint called Piton Bert, and at the viewpoint for sunrise. You can see the summit of the volcano and the vent which is where the magma is coming up, and of course you can see it flowing all the way down the mountain.
I must admit it was a very spectacular and humbling experience – I’ve been here for fifteen years on the island and this was possibly one of the most emotional moments I’ve had. To see nature in all its glory like this was a real privilege. I could even feel the heat coming off from the volcano and I was probably 500-600 metres away.
James Christie – CIT – www.anglais.re
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