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  • Summer in Blighty

    Whaaat? What's Blighty?
    Blighty is an old nickname that British people use for Britain.
    Anyway, let me tell you about my August holiday in my country, England. My hometown is Royston, which is near Cambridge. This is Cambridge:

    Kings College Chapel West

    Kings College Chapel West by Andrew Dunn licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

    Bridge of Sighs, Cambridge

    Bridge of Sighs, Cambridge by KaiserSoze licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL via Wikimedia Commons

    As usual, I went punting on the river. You have to use a long heavy pole to push the boat forwards. It's harder than it looks, but I'm a local boy and I've had a lot of practice from childhood! Beginners often fall into the river, which is always fun to watch.
    I heard August was very rainy in Kansai. Bad luck! I enjoyed the typical dry and sunny weather of English summer (Cambridge has an average of 495mm of rain per year, and Osaka has 1318mm!). I also visited my older sister's house in Framlingham, Suffolk.
    This is her garden (and a little bit of her house, built in 1650!):

    The garden of my older sister's house in Framlingham

    And the view from her house, Framlingham Castle, built in the 12th century:

    Framlingham Castle

    Later, I drove down to west England, to a beautiful area called ‘Devon’. This is the lovely port town of Dartmouth:

    Devon
    Devon

    And, back near Cambridge, I enjoyed some delicious traditional Blighty cooking at my younger sister's house:

    The traditional Blighty cooking

    This is an English ‘Sunday roast’: roast beef, roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, parsnips, broccoli and runner beans. And, of course, if you ever visit Blighty, you must try English beer. Here is my favourite, India Pale Ale (IPA):

    India Pale Ale

    Welcome to Blighty! Cheers!

    WORDS
    • Yorkshire pudding:シュークリームの皮のようなイギリスの家庭料理
    • parsnip:パースニップ(ニンジンに似たヨーロッパ原産の根菜)
    WRITER
    Paul先生
    15年以上日米で教えているベテランのイギリス人講師。とても博識で、話題が豊富です。エッセイチェックもとても丁寧に教えてくれると評判です。

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