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UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL EXAMINATIONS General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level
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ENGLISH LANGUAGE 1115/02, 1120/02 1123/02 Paper 2 Comprehension May/June 2007 INSERT 1 hour 30 minutes
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(When he was a young man, the writer travelled across Spain. The passage describes a journey he made from the port of Vigo to the town of Zamora during his first few days in that country.)
1 It was early and still dark when we reached the harbour and the soothingly rhythmic rocking of the ship stopped. I was awakened by the noise of the rattling anchor going over the side. I didn't want to move at first, because I had enjoyed the voyage, my very first experience of the sea. So I lay for a while in the silence of Vigo harbour and listened to the first faint sounds of Spain - a howling dog and the sharp cry of a cockerel. I had at last reached my destination, and so I went up onto the deck and for the first time in my life I saw, looped round the bay like a sparkling necklace, the shape of a foreign city. There was no movement among the houses, but lights were coming on and twinkling as people got up for the new day.
2 I was in Spain and a new life was beginning. I had a few coins in my pocket and no return ticket; I had a rucksack, a tent, some spare clothes, a blanket, a violin and only enough words to ask for a glass of water. The sun rose, and people started appearing on the street.