Describe an experience that you had when you left home.
You should say:
What is it
When did it happen
And how do you feel about that experience
Band 8 Sample
I’m going to tell you about the time when I got lost in a forest 80 km away from my house. It was 1 year ago, I was on a 2-day company trip to a famous resort not so far from the centre of Hanoi. The first day was fun, as I had many incredible experiences with all my co-workers. We were eating, drinking and singing until we were too drunk to move our heads. And as usual, being drunk is when we do all kinds of crazy stuff. The place where we camped was adjacent to a huge forest. I, who was literally cross-eyed drunk, came up with a brilliant idea. “Let’s go discovering that forest” – I said to those people who were still able to walk. And, crazy as it sounds, they were all interested in what I said.
So, around 10 of us left our camp and advanced into the forest. The night was dark, so we turned on the flash on our phones to see. At first, when we could still see our camping fire, we were excited. I, as the leader, kept walking having no idea where I was heading. At first, the dark forest seemed to be rather amusing. But then, after around 20 minutes of roaming, we found ourselves in the middle of nowhere, and even worse, none of us remembered the way back to our camp. As we walked a little bit further, we saw a giant Banyan tree and a temple right next to it. The pale red light from the temple made it look a bit creepy. Right at that moment, one of my colleagues told a ghost story about a temple in his hometown. The story was so horrifying that one of us gave out a shrill scream.
We instantly regretted our decision, but as I said earlier none of us had any idea how to get back to our camp. We called some friends in the camp and asked them for help. Luckily some were still awake and they immediately went to those who owned the place and told them about our situation. Of course the locals knew where the tree was so they told us to wait. As scared as we were, we had to stay near the tree waiting for people to come to rescue us. After 15 minutes, the locals came and showed us the way back to our camp. We all felt lucky and we were all tired, but somehow we managed to stay awake all night long talking about the journey. I will never forget that day, it was a truly memorable trip.
cross-eyed drunk: alcohol intoxicated.
to roam: to move about or travel, especially without a clear idea of what you are going to do
in the middle of nowhere: in a place that is remote and isolated
shrill scream: a high pitched scream that can really hurt your ears if you’re too close