Cue Card # 188: When you had a good experience in the countryside

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card # 188

Describe a time when you had a good experience in the countryside.

You should say:

  • where it was
  • when it was
  • what you did there

and explain why you think it was a good experience.

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

Model Answer:

Visiting the countryside is one of my favourite things to do. But, unfortunately, I haven’t managed to visit the countryside lately. In fact, the last time, I had a good experience, visiting the countryside, was a while ago, and today, I would like to share that experience with you.

Anyway, the last time I visited the countryside was about 5 or 6 years ago when I had to live in a small town for a few months to finish a project for my company. The project work, we were doing, was very challenging and monotonous. So, one day, one of my co-workers told me that he was just tired of working like that at a stretch, and he needed a break. Later, we decided that we would go out of town to enjoy a barbeque, even though we knew that our supervisor wouldn’t really like that idea.

But, we still took a chance and travelled about a few kilometres away from that town, into a village. And once we visited that little village, we both were simply stunned by its natural beauty. In fact, we completely forgot about enjoying a barbeque for a while and started to enjoy the green landscape and long trees, towering over the streets, of that village. As we walked further deep into the village, we heard the “gurgling” sound of crystal clear water which was being pumped out of the ground with the help of some windmills. We both liked the water so much that we actually drank some of it. After that, we had the barbeque and enjoyed it before leaving the village, shortly thereafter. After all, we didn’t want our supervisor to get mad at us.

Anyway, our visit to that countryside was brief, but we enjoyed each and every minute of it because it allowed us to experience some picturesque and beautiful nature at its best. The experience there also reminded me once again that we can always find happiness in the simplest things in life and nature, no matter where we live. Finally, it was a good experience because it actually allowed us to get back our job concentration.

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