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English Conversations with Cliff LMA004, BARBARA w CLIFF #9.1

BARBARA w CLIFF #9.1

Today we talked about treasured memories. It was a little bit of a search for you at first because you said that you live a pretty sedate life. There aren't a lot of dramatic ups and downs, and to you you a standout memory seems like it should be somehow dramatic or impactful. But when you thought about some of the things that you've done in life that you remember fondly, you picked your honeymoon to the Maldives to share. You said it was really nice and it stands out of it not only because of that but because it was your first long-distance international travel. It was your first trip to someplace that was really different from where you live, so everything was exotic. It was tropical. The food was different. The climate was different. It was just filled with new experiences. You talked a lot about the water there and how swimming was like swimming in an aquarium. Fish were colorful and they had no fear of humans. A school of fish would go right around a person. The sea was very warm. The island was small. It maybe took 50 minutes to walk around it completely, and because it was so small there were no cars, which meant no traffic. You told me that the Maldives are an atol, which means clusters of small Islands, each with its own coral reef, and the water in between each of these islands is very shallow. That makes it like swimming in a pond, which means it's safe. There's nothing dangerous or aggressive in those shallow waters. You did see a giant turtle. I asked you if you had a chance to pet it because I was told that giant turtles, or at least green turtles, are like the dogs of the sea and they like having their shell rubbed. But you said it was down too deep and you didn't dive for it. You did, however, get some nice photos and you told me that the beach was made of white sand, which is different in consistency from the sand of the beaches back home. It's not sticky. I also asked you if you had stayed in one of those cabins out over the water because I've seen pictures of those and they seem absolutely beautiful and it must be really something to be able to wake up, walk out onto your front deck, and dive right into the water first thing in the morning. However you told me what I had already discovered on my own, which is those cabins are extraordinarily expensive and made for people far richer than either you or me. You told me about some of your other travels, like to Ethiopia where you saw a church carved from the stone floor, centuries old. I think you told me it was it was called Saint George, though you wonder if it's still there because you know that there is an influx of refugees and there was a civil war and all of that activity may have damaged or ruined the church. Upon reflection, you decided that you would much prefer to see natural wonders rather than man-made ones. In return, I told you about my experience with with a shrine that somebody had made to a dog named Dante and how in the midst of my divorce I encountered this on my daily walk. I found that it had been vandalized one day and I decided that I would restore it because I knew that the vandals would not, and in so doing I made someone in throes of grief feel a little bit better and I found myself again.



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BARBARA w CLIFF #9.1

Today we talked about treasured memories. It was a little bit of a search for you at first because you said that you live a pretty sedate life. There aren't a lot of dramatic ups and downs, and to you you a standout memory seems like it should be somehow dramatic or impactful. But when you thought about some of the things that you've done in life that you remember fondly, you picked your honeymoon to the Maldives to share. You said it was really nice and it stands out of it not only because of that but because it was your first long-distance international travel. It was your first trip to someplace that was really different from where you live, so everything was exotic. It was tropical. The food was different. The climate was different. It was just filled with new experiences. You talked a lot about the water there and how swimming was like swimming in an aquarium. Fish were colorful and they had no fear of humans. A school of fish would go right around a person. The sea was very warm. The island was small. It maybe took 50 minutes to walk around it completely, and because it was so small there were no cars, which meant no traffic. You told me that the Maldives are an atol, which means clusters of small Islands, each with its own coral reef, and the water in between each of these islands is very shallow. That makes it like swimming in a pond, which means it's safe. There's nothing dangerous or aggressive in those shallow waters. You did see a giant turtle. I asked you if you had a chance to pet it because I was told that giant turtles, or at least green turtles, are like the dogs of the sea and they like having their shell rubbed. But you said it was down too deep and you didn't dive for it. You did, however, get some nice photos and you told me that the beach was made of white sand, which is different in consistency from the sand of the beaches back home. It's not sticky. I also asked you if you had stayed in one of those cabins out over the water because I've seen pictures of those and they seem absolutely beautiful and it must be really something to be able to wake up, walk out onto your front deck, and dive right into the water first thing in the morning. However you told me what I had already discovered on my own, which is those cabins are extraordinarily expensive and made for people far richer than either you or me. You told me about some of your other travels, like to Ethiopia where you saw a church carved from the stone floor, centuries old. I think you told me it was it was called Saint George, though you wonder if it's still there because you know that there is an influx of refugees and there was a civil war and all of that activity may have damaged or ruined the church. Upon reflection, you decided that you would much prefer to see natural wonders rather than man-made ones. In return, I told you about my experience with with a shrine that somebody had made to a dog named Dante and how in the midst of my divorce I encountered this on my daily walk. I found that it had been vandalized one day and I decided that I would restore it because I knew that the vandals would not, and in so doing I made someone in throes of grief feel a little bit better and I found myself again.

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