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Something you like doing during the winter

IELTS Cue Card Question 117 With Model Answer:

Talk about something you like doing during the winter.

You should say:
  • what you do
  • where you do it
  • what clothes or equipment you need
And explain why you like doing it during the winter.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer 1:
Greece is a land of ancient history. A wide range of historical events has taken place in the land. Besides, in the current days, the country takes different looks in different seasons. It looks most beautiful during the winter season. There are a good number of things to do in Greece during the winter. Thus, I do not need to worry much about things to do in this season. I mostly like to participate in special winter film festivals held in Thessaloniki each year and I will go there this year as well. I like to watch movies on the festivals and enjoy walking on the streets illuminated with colourful lights during the festival time. The entire location takes the shape of a festive mood and the night views are breathtaking. Moreover, when if I have more times to spend, I either read novels published from home and abroad or pass the leisure hours with my family and friends by inviting them to my place.  

Usually, the festival takes place in Thessaloniki in Greece and the place is occupied by events throughout the year. I come to visit the place, particularly in winter as the climate is adorable and watching movies are great fun to me during this time of the year. Besides, there are some other places as well where I take the walk in the evening hours to remove my day-long boredom. Mostly I visit the seashore where one can have the breezes, free of all forms of pollutions, is found that will take away all of your tiredness. Sometimes I go to the downtown of Thessaloniki and this is a very populous place. People of almost all countries are found here and mostly they come to visit the historical places.

To continue the visit at the festivals during the winter, I need some heavy clothes to prevent the cold. Since the locality is laid by the seafront, there are too cold comparing the other parts of the city. The movies are screened on the island harbour area and when the shows are on outdoor; the freezing wind is felt severely. So, I take proper precautionary measures. Generally, when I go to the festivals, I wear a heavy jacket, cover my head with a woollen cap, a heavy pant, wear hand gloves and then cover me with a woollen overcoat. In a word, I make myself wind-proof. It is truly enjoyable for me. I learnt to cover myself from a real-life experience a couple of years ago. I came to enjoy a movie on the film festival and had caught a severe cold for the surrounding environment. That was a practical lesson for me.    

Winter is the best season in Greece. The entire environment remains calm and quiet. Nature turns pale a bit but that brings a different look to them. Besides, the crowds are not seen in the regularly crowded places and thus the streets are free of noises. In such moments, I feel comfort to watch movies or read books alone. In fact, to me, it appears that being alone in winter makes me feel better for several reasons. The most important factor is that I can feel entirely alone. The feelings of enjoying a movie alone cannot be expressed in words and when it is by the side of a sea, the feelings turn very special. Besides, reading the novels at room heated by charcoal is also outstanding. When I feel lonely most, then I invite the friends or the other family members to accompany me. Then I arrange for a small private party.



Model Answer 2:
During the winter season, India is a great place to travel. I travel in different parts of the country at this time annually. I think this is the best time to explore my country. The temperature level is under control and thus anyone can travel at any places.

Usually, the summers are hot in India. So, travelling in this period is not suggested at all. You will have some troubles while you are on travel during summer. My past experiences have made me wise and based on the experiences, I have changed my plans. Now I travel around the country in the winter season. I enjoy the trips and also upload the photos on my social networking platforms.

India is a vast land or diversity. The natural beauty of the country is amazing. So, I try to move closer to nature and capture some of their photos. I prefer the rural areas for this purpose. In fact, I have visited many of the rural areas of my country. The natural views of the country are outstanding and charming as well. They look striking particularly in winter. The sun rays through the mists look wonderful and when you are sitting with a cup of tea, the view becomes unforgettable. There are no specific places for the visit. But I prioritise the rural parts because the places are comfortable to travel than the city areas. The communication system is not developed and it makes the trips interesting for me.

Well, I need some heavy clothes to travel during the winter. Actually, when it is cold in India, the coldness may bring some health disorders for you. If you do not take precautionary measures appropriately, you may be the sufferer of coughs and colds. Besides, I also keep a flask to carry tea or coffee. When I am out for the travel in winter, I also carry some other stuff like a small bag containing my warm clothes, a pair of extra shoes, first aid kit and few necessary medicines. Besides, I also keep a small knife which I use for multipurpose. These are the necessary companions for my travel in winter.

I like to travel in winter for some reasons. Firstly, this is the time when everything becomes calm and quiet. In the other seasons of the years, everything appears chaotic to me. I am unable to bear the chaos that I find everywhere. Further, in winter, nature takes a beautiful shape. It is like a mysterious beauty. To be frank, I am a nature lover. The foggy mornings, faded setting suns in the evening or the bright stars at night – everything appears perfect in this season. So, I like to take the trips inside India during winter.

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