Last Thursday, 17 March 2011, the weather was fine, our ESL class went on an excursion. We were six people and 2 babies. It was really good to be together, and as Pam said we were like a family going on an outing.
We met “under the clocks” at Flinders station at 9.30 am. We waited for some minutes for everyone to be there. We wandered on the Southbank. Pam brought some article describing the buildings and she explained to us some sculptures and designs. Then we went to the jetty to buy our tickets for the Yarra River Cruise which was scheduled at 10.30 am. As it was a bit early to board the ship, we had a coffee together, and this helped us to know each other a bit more.
We boarded the boat at exactly 10.30 am. The cruise was very interesting, the captain commented on the surroundings giving details including the costs of some of the houses and the Bolte bridge etc…I admit that I did not understand everything that he was saying, he was speaking too quickly. I appreciated the views of the docklands with all the tall buildings and new houses along the river.
We passed the Bolte Bridge and the West Gate Bridge. We saw the big container ships loading and unloading their cargo. The captain also attracted our attention to the big square ships which carry lots of different kinds of vehicles.
We arrived at Williamstown in the midst of many yachts. Many passengers disembarked there for lunch. We remained on the boat to return to Southbank. On our way back, our boat had to stop to help another one which had broken down. Some of the passengers from the other boat embarked on ours to go back to Southbank.
On our return to Southbank, we had a fantastic lunch together, we had sandwiches, sushi and Chinese foods. It was very nice to share this day together. I returned home happy with lots of memories.
From Gilliane / ESL Advanced Level
Our Excursion to Melbourne
We are a group of ESL students and one day we went for an excursion, it was on Thursday, March 17th. The weather was good, so we met under the clocks at Flinders Street station at 9:30AM. It was too early to go on a boat, so we took a walk across the Yarra River to Southbank.
On our way we stopped to buy the tickets for the Yarra River cruise. After that, we took a short promenade along Southbank and looked around and saw many small shops with nice cheap clothes.
We found a very nice modern style church and had coffee and went to board the boat. A few minutes later the captain of the boat started talking about the views around us. We could see many bridges, Docklands and many expensive new buildings.
After coming back, we had lunch at some café and had a discussion about our trip. I really enjoyed this day.
By Bronislava – ESL Advanced Class
On Thursday 17 of March on St Patrick’s Day, the day when every Irish person is going to the pubs and drinking green beer, we – the group of ESL class from Port Melbourne had a meeting under the clocks at Flinders Station. It was 9.30 in the morning, there was six persons and two girl babies, around half a year old.
We went to the shopping centre of Southbank to see one of the famous places of Melbourne City with plenty of different sorts of Arts.
After that we went to the Yarra River Cruise Station and took a ferry to Williamstown. The ferry went through Docklands – the more picturesque part of modern Melbourne that we will see in the future in the next centuries. There are many skyscrapers with offices, shopping centers, new entities and a few water view domestic buildings, which cost more than 5 million dollars each. We went under the longest bridge in Melbourne, the Bolte Bridge which is the bad luck place for suicides.
The baby girls were sleeping, eating, glancing, smiling and crying and mammas were almost too busy to care, to feed them, they were looking around and speaking simultaneously.
The captain of the ferry had a speech about our 2-hour trip, but there was too many euphemisms and idioms that are the main problems in English for every immigrant.
After the trip was finished we went to the Chinese restaurant and had lunch. Our best language group trip ended with a walk around Federation Square.
By Zalman Shmeylin