It’s hard for us to believe that it’s been four years since ESL Podcast began. In fact, as of next Monday, we will have released 500 ESL Podcast episodes and 200 ESL Cafe episodes! It’s amazing to us that we are still going and that you are all still listening!
We want to thank all of those who helped us by sending us their Flat Jeffrey photos for our Fourth Anniversary Video Podcast. We were able to include at least one from each submission and Flat Jeffrey got to see some very interesting places!
Finally, we want to thank all of you listeners, especially those who have become Premium and Basic Members, who have purchased courses through the ESL Podcast Store, and those who have sent us donations. It is through this generous support that we are able to continue producing ESL Podcast. If you want to support our efforts, please also consider becoming an ESL Podcast Member.
Below is the Fourth Anniversary Video Podcast. We hope you enjoy it!
~ Jeff and Lucy
ESL Podcast Fourth Anniversary Video Podcast: The World Tour
ESL Podcast is celebrating our fourth anniversary! It’s an important event…
so we decided to have a big party.
There was drinking –a little too much.
And things, well, they got really crazy.
I got flattened after the roof fell on me. But don’t worry, this is a good thing…
Now I can visit some of my friends around the world.
The first place we decided to go is Montreal, Canada, to visit my friend, Abdelmajid.
Here I am in Montreal. My friend told me they speak French, so I can practice my French. Luckily, they speak English, too!
Here I am in front of the famous church in the old Montreal called Notre Dame. I’m going to pray that my French gets better! Canada is great, eh? But now we have to take a trip to England.
We’re going to fly British Airways. They’re not as advanced in technology as the Americans technology.
Here I am in London with my friend, Suzana. She’s originally from Argentina, but don’t cry for her – she’s just visiting her sons who live there. Here we’re in front of the Parliament building in London. Suzana is a little embarrassed about being seen with me, so she put me in her purse. Not very comfortable. Next I decided to take a train to the famous university in England, or one of them, Cambridge.
Gregorex, my old friend, is showing me some of the great old buildings here in Cambridge. Here I am in front of King’s College. I’m hoping to study a little Shakespeare and maybe meet Harry Potter.
Well, I have to get back to London. Since I don’t have a lot of money, my friend suggested I take a boat called a punt. I told you the British were a little behind in technology.
Next, we’re on a train to Paris, going through the “chunnel” between England and France.
Here I am eating some very typical French food, cheese, with my friend Frederic’s beautiful daughter, Apolline. Isn’t she beautiful?
Well, now I’m off to Spain. I’m going to to the capital, Madrid, to visit my friends Emiliano and Cuca who are going to show me the city.
The first place we go is the Gran Via of Madrid, a busy street where I have to be careful so I don’t get run over by cars. I’m already Flat Jeffrey – I don’t want to be Dead Jeffrey!
Next, we visited the Plaza de Callao and we get some Spanish wine.
Then we went to see a statute of Don Quixote. But I guess we drank too much wine, because it’s a little blurry!
Finally, Emiliano and Cuca invited me back to their apartment for a nice meal. We had a great time. Notice also what a wonderful artist Emiliano is.
Next, I decided to visit my friend Miguel in Zaragoza, Spain. Miguel wants me to climb the mountain behind him, but he does not know me very well. I don’t climb mountains, Miguel!
I have to say good-by to Spain, because my friend Carlo is waiting for me in Cremona, Italy.
Here I’m standing in front of the cathedral of Cremona – I guess my friends think I need a lot of prayers! Cremona is famous for producing musical instruments. You can see here I’m playing a Stradavarious.
Well, after visiting Cremona, it’s off to Rome. My friend Mario invited me to come and visit him, and I thought I’d get to see all the famous sites of the city. But instead, I’m at his office working. Some vacation this is! At least I got to see Mario’s fake (not real) Oscar statue. I’m hoping this video will win an Oscar, too.
Now we go to northern Europe, to Germany.
Hermann invited me to Stuttgart. Here I’m in the first four-wheeled motor vehicle, developed by two German engineers. We’re next to the first television broadcast tower in the world. And I’m about to take my first drink of German wine. Tastes great!
Here I am in the vineyard that Hermann has, where they grow grapes to make wine from. If I owned a vineyard, I’d probably be drinking all the time like Hermann here.
Next, I rent a car to drive next to Brno, in the Czech Republic. This Mercedes Benz looked nice. We were going there…
…to meet my buddy Michal. Here we are in front of a pub or bar, ready to get a drink. No wonder I need to pray a lot – I never stop drinking!
Michal takes me on the bus to see the town. Not as nice as my Mercedes, but that’s okay. Because we’re going to see..
My girlfriend, Barunka. Here she’s holding my hand. Well, actually, she’s Michal’s girlfriend, but don’t tell him – or my wife.
Next, we’re off to Russia, with love, before Michal finds out about me and Barunka.
Here I am in the Red Square of Moscow with my friend Nikolay. Good thing I have my red tie on.
Here I am again in Red Square. It’s so beautiful, so red! Thanks, Nikolay. My other friend in Moscow, Stanislav, arranged a meeting for me with the president of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev. We talked for a while, and then old Dmitry said he was “busy” and had to go to another meeting with some guy named…Obama.?
I later found out Dmitry didn’t like me too much. He told Barak about me. Notice how he’s showing Obama what I look like. And Barak says, No way! Meaning I don’t believe it. Jeffrey! Of course, the president knows all about me. Well, I decided it was time to visit my female friends up in St. Petersburg.
Here I am with Anna at the Peterhoff, the home of the Russian tsars, built in the 18th century, near St. Petersburg. I’m thinking of buying of it as my summer home.
Here I am with Nastia, also in St. Petersburg. She showed me some of the popular sites in St. Petersburg.
Here I am in front of the horses.
Next we decided to visit the Russian Vodka Museum. More drinking?
And here Nastia is showing me where she lives.
I’m not exactly sure what I’m doing here– taking a nap, I think. Don’t tell Barunka.
Well, now I’ve had a good nap, it’s time for me to go to Asia – to Singapore to meet my good friend, Cynthia, from China.
Cynthia takes me to this beautiful hotel. She tells me is where Michael Jackson used to stay. Hmm. Not sure this is a good place for me.
Next we visit the famous symbol of Singapore, the Merlion. It’s hot today, so I take a little swim.
Next we go for some rest and relaxation on the beautiful beach of Setosa Island. Ah, this is great!
Well, now I’m off to Vietnam.
I’m going to visit my friends Ngugyen and Tien in Ho Chi Minh City celebrating the Tet holiday flower festival. That’s Tien here in the photograph. I love Vietnam, but I have to go to Taiwan to see my friend Yvonne.
We take the Hello Kitty airplane, my favorite.
Once we get to Taipei, we go and have some good Chinese food. I eat but, once again, I have to get going because I have a long trip to South America to visit my friend Luiz in the beautiful country of Brazil. Luiz wants to introduce me to some friends of his in Pocos de Caldas.
Here I am in front of the lovely Palace Hotel. I believe Michael Jackson used to stay here. Next, we decide to play a little tennis.
Here I am with Jacare and Ronaldo.
Here’s Luiz, in the blue T-shirt, next to Jacare.
And of course, Luiz and I win all of our games.
Finally, we visit Luiz’s beautiful wife, Deborah, next to this great waterfall. Now I am off to…
Uruguay, to Montevideo, to visit my friend, Juan Manuel.
He’s preparing a special drink for me called “mate” a very strong tea made from leaves of a plant called Yerba Mate. Uruguayans get together to drink mate and to talk. At least it’s not alcohol!
Finally, it’s back to the United States. But after all that traveling, I think I need a vacation from my vacation, and the best place for that is Hawaii!
Fortunately, my friends Roberto and Loreto invited me on their Hawaiian vacation. They’re originally from Spain. Notice that Loreto put a hat on me so I don’t get sunburned. Well, that’s the end of our trip. I want to thank everyone who invited me to come and visit them. You know, next time I should probably invite Lucy.
We want to thank all of those who helped us by sending us their Flat Jeffrey photos. We were able to include at least one from each person.
We also want to thank all of you listeners, especially those who have become Premium and Basic Members, who have purchased courses through our Store, and who have sent us donations. It is through this generous support that we are able to continue producing ESL Podcast. If you want to support our efforts, please also consider becoming a member of ESL Podcast.