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  • Hello, everybody, this is Jack from

  • tofluency.com along with - Kate - this is my

  • wife, Kate and we are being quite

  • ambitious because we have brought our

  • daughter along with us. So, we are going

  • to have a conversation in English and

  • this is going to give you the

  • opportunity to listen to a real

  • conversation both in British English and

  • American English and baby. And baby.

  • You'll hear some baby noises, no doubt. And

  • this is going to be on YouTube but we

  • might upload it as a podcast as well, so

  • if you are listening to the podcast, go

  • to tofluency.com/podcast and you'll

  • be able to get some materials for this

  • lesson. Now, our hope is not to edit this

  • video too much, we're just going to have a

  • conversation and we are going to talk

  • about vacations.

  • Yep. And talk about traveling. Now, we

  • actually met while I was traveling back

  • in 2007. So, it's almost 10 years.

  • Oh my gosh. I can't believe that it's

  • flown by, hasn't it. It has, yeah. And, erm, we

  • have been living in America for about

  • six years now. How many vacations have

  • been up since we've been here?

  • Can you remember anything in particular?

  • That's a really good question. I think a

  • lot of times we end up traveling for

  • visits to family more than we travel for

  • pleasure or to get away from it all.

  • Yeah, so because we, because we live in

  • America, my parents are in Europe; my

  • sister's in Europe; your family is

  • elsewhere as well, when we tend to travel

  • we tend to go see family don't we? Visit family.

  • Yeah.

  • Yeah, we do. Why don't you tell everyone about our

  • latest vacation? Our latest vacation?

  • For the holidays this year, we actually

  • went to Florida and we met up with your

  • parents and your sister in Florida and

  • we had more of a beach vacation.

  • Yeah, it was fantastic. We went somewhere

  • really warm.

  • I've got some videos on this, you know,

  • everyone can take a look at the videos

  • we made from Florida, but it was great

  • to go somewhere different and not to go

  • somewhere cold for Christmas. I know!

  • Yeah, we've never done that before and it

  • didn't really feel like Christmas

  • because usually we associate it with snow

  • and cold weather and instead we were on

  • the beach on Christmas Eve.

  • Yeah, and Christmas Day. There were park rangers passing out

  • sunglasses.

  • yeah giving out free sunglasses. Yeah. But

  • it was fun because people were playing

  • Christmas music; they were wearing santa

  • hats and we went to the beach on

  • Christmas Day.

  • mhm. Which... it was really strange; it was

  • really strange to be honest, but very

  • enjoyable.

  • Yeah it was. Yeah. And then, let's talk

  • about an ideal vacation now.

  • Because we are thinking about going

  • away this summer...

  • where would your ideal place be? Where

  • would you like to go? I don't know. I have

  • always wanted to travel... somewhere

  • really, kind of, different. Obviously

  • somewhere that feels safe especially

  • with the children. Where we don't have to

  • get a lot of vaccines before we go.

  • That's such a good point. But I would love to visit a

  • country with some different cultural

  • traditions and food. I've always wanted

  • to go to Morocco. Morocco? Very cool!

  • Yeah, we we nearly went, didn't we, while we

  • were living in Spain.

  • Yeah. But we just never made it there. That was

  • the time to go when we were, you know,

  • I mean, I think that once you start a family,

  • you realize that the time to go

  • was any time before you had kids.

  • Yeah, exactly, and that's why you'll hear

  • people say to anyone who's just

  • about to have kids, you know, take

  • advantage and this time right now but,

  • you know, you can do stuff with kids like

  • make these videos and podcasts... so,

  • yeah... you say Morocco, anywhere

  • else? I would love to explore

  • Australia more

  • as well, and you have a cousin who

  • actually lives in Australia.

  • Yeah. That would.. it would be fun to visit them and

  • we've been talking a lot with our son

  • about koala bears and kangaroos and

  • different animals that live in

  • Australia, so that would be fun,

  • yeah, and I would love to travel more around

  • Asia as well. Yeah, I haven't really been

  • out that way at all.l I haven't been to

  • anywhere in Asia. I haven't been to Australia,

  • I think the farthest east I've been is

  • probably Germany.

  • Wow. Yeah and that's western Europe, so...

  • but you have been all the way down to

  • Patagonia in South America. Yes.

  • So, you've just traveled in a different

  • direction. But i feel like I'm so glad

  • that I have a partner who loves to

  • travel.

  • Yeah. That we found each other because we

  • can go on more adventures and we can maybe

  • take some trips now while Thomas is

  • little. But I would love to take him

  • and Emma, who's chiming in, on some

  • neat vacations when they get older and

  • just travel and experience life in

  • different parts of the world.

  • Yeah, it's a strange time for us because

  • it seems like we're just dealing with,

  • you know, emergency situations when we

  • travel, and this year, though, when we went

  • to Florida, Thomas was excited about it.

  • We could show him pictures and we could

  • talk about it in terms of what we were

  • going to do and he got excited about

  • that.

  • Yeah. And he talks about it now. So he's

  • developing those memories and we took

  • some great photos while we were there too.

  • Yeah, so, yeah. And I think, as the

  • children get older,

  • we're going to have great times and we can

  • do very specific things, and they'll get those

  • memories - they will have those memories.

  • Yes. Where did you travel when you

  • were a little? Do you have memories of

  • traveling? We went to France a lot and we

  • went to Spain a lot and and well, you

  • know, my memories when I was young - you

  • always make fun of me because I talk

  • about my memories all the time.

  • Yeah, by the way, Jack has an incredible

  • memory - you

  • well kind of well. When was your

  • earliest memory from? how old were you?

  • I don't really know to be honest...

  • no, there was that memory where I

  • remember being in my mum's arms when I

  • was six months old or I had to be six

  • months old because they were in their old house.

  • I remember seeing our neighbor and my

  • mom was talking to the neighbor.

  • Yeah. And I remember... I remember that

  • little ,you know, snippet - that tiny bit of

  • memory but it's not that clear. I know, but

  • six months old, that's incredible. I think

  • that'll mean that Emma will start to

  • remember life, potentially, in just a

  • couple of months because she's almost

  • four-months-old. Yeah, she is. Emma, are

  • you gonna remember this? Today? She might

  • remember this. Or at least, she'll have the video

  • to look back on. We always

  • went to France; we went to Spain a

  • lot and when I think I was about 11 or

  • 12 when, maybe younger, when we got

  • a caravan. So. it used to take us three days

  • to get to the south of France and we

  • would spend about two weeks there. We went to

  • place called Canet Plage, which is near

  • Toulouse and we went there every

  • summer for about five years, I think.

  • And we've met the same people, it

  • was really cool because as a kid you want

  • to be around other kids

  • and there were a bunch of a children there who we

  • could play with. They had a great pool;

  • they had sports going on. The beach was

  • really close by. My sister liked it

  • because she was getting to the age where

  • she could go out and it was that kind of

  • place but, you know, it was

  • safe - it was great.

  • We really enjoyed it. How was it

  • traveling with your family, especially

  • as you got to be older in such a

  • small vehicle and sleeping in it.

  • I remember one trip especially when

  • ... there was a big heat wave in France

  • and we, we just poured water over our

  • heads because we didn't have air

  • conditioning

  • in the car - super hot and the other thing

  • France at that time and I don't know

  • if that's changed - but they didn't have proper

  • toilets. They had like holes in the floor.

  • I bet that that has changed. I imagine it has.

  • You know, that's what I

  • remember about it.

  • And then one year, we went down with

  • another family.

  • And a friend - one of my sister's friends

  • came as well and I went in the car with

  • the other family they had air conditioning. And it

  • was such a big difference. Yeah, I

  • can imagine that's something that we

  • take for granted, I think. Yeah, no one in

  • the UK had air conditioning in a car

  • it was very very rare.

  • Wow. It must be... because it doesn't get that hot.

  • So, people don't feel like they need it.

  • Yeah. Okay, we're back and I just asked Kate a

  • question about.. what you did for vacation.

  • Where did you go when you were when you

  • were a kid? When I was a kid we actually

  • took a family beach vacation every

  • summer. My family and family friends

  • would rent a house on an island called

  • Block Island which is an island the coast of

  • Rhode Island and New England and we

  • would drive and take a ferry to the

  • island and we just had a great time. We

  • would go to the beach every day; we would

  • grill seafood at night.

  • Yeah, it was a really special memory

  • for me. And was that like every

  • summer?

  • Yeah, it was every summer for probably

  • five or ten years. Oh, really? Yeah, my mom

  • actually grew up going there when she

  • was a kid too, so she had memories of the

  • place and all the different areas to

  • go and it was just a really neat... (thing to to do) When

  • was the first time you went abroad?

  • Do you remember? The first time that I went

  • abroad, I was probably about 10 years

  • old. My dad decided to start working for

  • an airline because he really wanted to

  • show us the world

  • and so he was working for a British

  • airline and he got a free ticket