A. Listen to a recording sent to the magazine. What did Marta lose? Dis she find it?
B. Listen to Marta’s story again. Answer the questions.
1 When did it happen?
2 Where did Marta want to go on holiday? Why?
3 Why did she fly to Brussels?
4 What happened at the gate in the Brussels airport?
5 How did she feel?
6 What did the policeman say?
7 Where did she fly in the end? What happened there?
Marta lost her ID card.
1 Lyon. Her friends invited her to come and stay.
2 There were no cheap direct flights.
3 She couldn’t find her ID card.
4 She felt stressed and unhappy.
5 He said that she couldn’t go to France because she didn’t have any ID.
6 Madrid. She got a new ID card. / She spent the weekend getting a new ID card.
This happened two years ago. I’m Spanish, but I was in Ireland at the time because I had a job in Dublin. Some friends of mine who lived in Lyon, in France, invited me to come and stay, so I decided to have a short holiday, a long weekend, from Friday to Tuesday. I looked for cheap flights, but I couldn’t find any direct ones. The only thing I could find was Ryanair from Dublin to Brussels, and then Air France from Brussels to Lyon.
Anyway, the flight to Brussels was fine, and when I arrived, I went to the gate for my next flight to Lyon, but then when I needed to show my boarding pass and my ID, I couldn’t find my ID card. I looked everywhere – in my bag, in my case – but it wasn’t there. The people at the gate were very nice and they made some phone calls, but nobody could find it. So they told me to wait in a small room and I sat there for more than an hour, and my flight to Lyon left without me.
It was awful – I cried – I was so stressed and unhappy. In the end, a policeman came and he said that I couldn’t go to France because I didn’t have any ID – the only place I could go was to Spain to get a new ID card! I waited another five or six hours for the flight to Madrid, feeling very depressed.
So I never had my holiday! I spent the weekend in Madrid getting my new ID card!
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