• 30th January, 2013

Dream destinations to brush up on your language skills

Are you thinking about learning Spanish or English? Or, do you just want to blow the cobwebs off what you leant a long, long time ago? Are you looking for a push in the right direction?

Leave it to us!

What: Dream destinations where you can practise your Spanish or English.
Where: You choose!

But then again, why choose? Why not see them all?!

Fasten your seatbelts and away we go!

 

1. Mount Roraima, Venezuela.

Mount Roraima

In the southeast of the country, in the heart of the Canaima National Park, you will find a true wonder of nature; the meeting point for numerous waterfalls and intrepid explorers on the hunt for peace and tranquillity.

Let’s just hope you’re not too lost for words to share your thoughts with a fellow visitor.

 

2. Trinity Library, Dublin.

Trinity Library

Wander the endless corridors of this 18th century library perusing their 200,000 leather-bound books. Discover the marble busts lining the Long Room inspired by great philosophers and writers of the western world.

If the walls could speak, what would they say? Chat to the locals over a pint of Guinness and maybe you’ll find out a secret or two.

 

3. Cristal clear, natural swimming pools, Guatemala.

Guatemala

Semuc Champey is a natural monument consisting of a 300m limestone bridge atop which these breathtakingly beautiful, stepped, natural pools have formed.

Lose yourself among the tropical surroundings and pass the time with the locals sharing a picnic and forging new friendships.

 

4. Chugach National Forest, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska.

Chugach National Forest

The northernmost forest in the USA, high up in Alaska is proud to show off its rugged natural beauty. Originally over 23 million acres, and with only 90 miles of navigable roads, this place is a magnet for adrenaline junkies and people who are at-one with the great outdoors.

Take a boat out onto the Prince William Sound with the local park rangers and ponder over where the water ends and the mountains begin.

 

5. Intramuros, Philippines.

Intramuris

Known to many as the Walled City, Intramuros is the oldest district and historic core of Manila.

The Spanish built these protective walls in the 16th century to protect their beautiful city from foreign invasions. Recently declared a Natural Historical Monument, restoration has begun, but remains from centuries past can still be seen today.

Let the locals tell you more about the rich history of such a diverse city.

 

6. Necker Island, British Virgin Islands.

Necker Island

At the tender age of 28, Sir Richard Branson paid just £180,000 for this £5 million island and turned it into a retreat; the epitome of luxury. Accommodation is available for up to a maximum of 28 guests, and should you be lucky enough to find yourself as one of them, you can spend your lazy days helping the local scientists in their study and conservation of one the world’s rarest species of gecko.

 

7. The Windows of Otuzco, Peru.

Windows of Otuzco

At the dizzying altitude of 2,850m, 8km north of the city of Cajamarca you will come across an area full of surprising architectural wonders, fusions of both Inca and Spanish design.

But that’s not all, nestled in the heart you will find this pre-Inca cemetery made up of thousands of niches and galleries, resembling windows, forged into the volcanic stone. Legend has it that the Incas turned this cemetery into a grain store, and that these niches now lead into a network of dark and mysterious galleries, which appear to have no end, giving rise to myths of secret tunnels that linked Cajamarca to Cuzco.

Enter at your own risk! Or, just settle for the abundant spooky stories told by people of the area.

 

8. The Pinnacles, Australia.

The Pinnacles

Despite looking like they come from another planet, these pinnacles are in fact found right here on Earth in the Nambung National Park, near the coastal town of Cervantes. Formed millions of years ago, they are now one of Australia’s most unique and fascinating natural landscapes.

The locals all have their own theories over how these spires came to be; listen to them all then let your mind wonder free…

 

9. Chinchón, Madrid.

Chinchón

Just 44km from the hustle and bustle of the Spanish capital you can find Chinchón.

This small town of just 5000 inhabitants is best-known for its anisette production; an anise-flavoured liqueur. In 1974 it was declared a Historic Artistic Area thanks to its urban richness and the early work of Goya which can be found in the church.

Find a shady spot in the central square and wile away the lazy days chatting to the friendly Spaniards, with a glass of anisette in hand, of course.

Wherever you go, remember, Lingualia is your perfect place for learning languages.

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See you next week!

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