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    CONTENTS

    Romanian short story set in Turkey

    Lost in the Topkapi Palace . 4

    UK short story set in Finland

    A story of a wolf cub ... 6

    Turkish short story set in Spain

    Little artists of the dance school 7

    French short story set in Portugal

    The magic Vasco 9

    Portuguese short story set in Romania

    Visiting Draculas Castle .. 1 1

    Finnish short story set in Reunion Island

    The secret volcano .. 1 3

    Spanish short story set in UK

    The mystery of Big Ben ... 1 5

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    n a hot summer day when the sun was glowing above the magnificent city of Istanbul, Ana and Radu, who had arrived a few days before, decided to visitthe Topkapi Palace.

    They took the bus and arrived at the palace at noon. Being so hot and time forlunch, the children didnt have to wait too much to buy tickets, because the number of visitors was very small. As they entered the courtyard of the palace, they were amazed bythe beautiful gardens and they admired the landscape and the view over the Bosphorus!

    Charmed by what they saw, they could not wait to see what was inside the palace.They entered but instead of following the guide, they sneaked through the tourists andwalked alone through the room, being stunned by what they saw: crystal stairs, greatpictures, mirrors as walls or the famous Turkish baths. They ran, they slipped betweenother groups of guests, looking to all the rooms with great pleasure ... but suddenly theyfound themselves alone in a long empty hall

    Radu, what are we going to do now? Oh, why did I listen to you and left the others? shesaid.

    So what, werent you in the mood for adventure and fun? Do not tell me that you didntlike it! If we had stayed with those old people, we could be in the third room now! saidthe boy, proud of him.

    At least we wouldve been with someone...said Ana worried.

    Let's not waste our time and lets go that way, I think well find the exit! said Radu.

    So they walked in that hall before reaching a Turkish bath ... and still nobody was around.They found a small window and noticed with concern that the twilight covered the sky ...and the palace had to close at 6 p.m.

    Ooops... I dont think it's OK! said Radu laughing.

    What? Are you laughing? The p alace will be closed in a few minutes and we will bestuck here, so whats so funny? Lets take this way, its better as I say! said Ananervously.

    Okay, but youll see my way is better, said the boy.The two children walked a little more and reached a large room with a crystal chandelierhanging above.

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    Oh, this room should be well guarded, it seems to be very valuable! said Radu.

    I think so too, it is very impressive. It should be someone here to show us the way to theexit. Lets shout said the girl.

    Is anybody here? the children shouted.

    What is this noise? We heard you when you were on the stairs! What are you lookingfor? The p alace will close in about 10 minutes! said the guardian.

    We are sorry, sir, we have lost the group and panicked. We havent done anything wrong... We just ran a little. said Radu.

    Well, I forgive you because you have not broken anything. But you have to know thatit's better to go with the group and learn new things, than run around the palace byyourselves, said the guard gently.

    Thank you!!! cried the children. And when they finally got out, they promised not to do

    such a thing ever again because they learned a good lesson.

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    stood gazing in wonder at the blue, green and red swirls of the majestic Northern lights.As I walked back to the hut, the crunch of snow became louder. But, just at that moment,I realized that it was not just my footsteps, but there was a wolf cub following me!

    You look cold! I said. Come with me, Ill give you food and warmth.

    With that I scooped the cub up into my arms and took him home.

    After my dinner, I scooped up the leftovers into a small bowl for the cub. The cub tuckedin and never stopped eating.

    Since youll be moving in with me, I think Ill call you I thought long and hard.How about Will?

    Then my mum said, Thats a lovely name Will it is!

    The next day, my dad and I had to go logging as we were short of wood for the fire. Rightat the last minute, I asked my mum if I could take Will with me.

    She replied, Well, OK then, but be careful with him and make sure he gets back in one piece.

    After a long trek across the frozen lake, and into the woods, we found a great lumberingspot. In the background we could see Will playing around in the snow; he was trulyhaving a great time. He loved to skate his small feet on the frozen lake. A couple of timeshe fell over onto his furry back, but it was nothing serious.

    When we came home, we were met by the heavenly smell of mums freshly made berrypie. After we had eaten some tasty ham and potato casserole and finished off the pie, wesat down and started talking, whilst the cozy flames of the fire warmed us up.

    Halfway through the conversation, we were interrupted by Wills howling so we raced tosee what it was for. The majestic blue colours of the Northern lights had caught his eye they really were a beautiful sight. Suddenly we heard an answering howl from the edge of

    the woods. Racing around in circles, Will stopped, and then scratched at the door.Opening it, we watched as he hurtled towards a shadow in the trees. Moonlight shonedown on a female wolf Will had found his mother again.

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    long time ago, a sister and a brother named Francisca and FelippeFernanadez lived in Madrid , the capital city of Spain where lovelymelodies could be heard. Francisca was 7 and Felippe was 9 years old and

    they were students at primary level. They were both keen on dance as most of thechildren who were brought up with charming melodies of flamenco and they dreamt to befamous dancers in the future.

    One day when they were dreaming about their dance career, Felippe sai d: we arealways dreaming. We need to do something

    Yes, you are right agreed Francisca and added we need professional help and thatswhy we must attend a dance school

    Felippe lets talk to our father and mention about our plans to him

    They were eager to attend a dance school in order to make their dream come true so theytalked to their father, Marcus and persuaded him to take them to the dance school. Thenext day, they arrived at the place. Its name was The Dance Floor.Whilst entering the threshold of the school, their hearts were pounding.

    Mrs. Carmen, the director of the school said you need to buy a pair of castanets andspecial flamenco shoes .

    Francisca, Felippe and Marcus started to look for a shop that sold castanets and shoesafter they went out of the school. They finally found in a shop what they were looking forbut the shoes were pretty expensive. So, Felippe who was a real fan of Real Madridoffered his father to add the money that he had saved to go Bernabeu stadium.

    At l ast we can buy them said Felippe .

    Look at that said Francisco what a beautiful thing it is! It was a very beautiful flemenco dress which was crimson and glittering. And there wereblack rose motifs on it.

    I am sure you would look gorgeous in it said Marcus while going in the shop.

    Francisca was over the moon since she had the dress.

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    When they went back to their home, the children told all their adventure to their motherwhile enjoying the delicious omelette and oils bread.The Fernandez worked hard after that and became very good and famous dancers. Theybecame the representatives of their culture all around the world.

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    enjamin looked at the bridge and sighed It was a week since he had arrived and he wasalways so sad. When his parents had announced that they had to go and live in Portugal,Benjamin protested. He wouldnt leave; he will stay in Reunions island with his friends.

    They had arrived last week and the boy spoke no longer to his parents. In order toconvince him, his parents had decided to show him the city and thats how he foundhimself in front of Ponte Luis I.

    Come, Benjamin! said his mother who walked away. Benjamin was preparing to joinher when a small hand tugged at his sleeve.

    Did yo u see? Asked a little girl with black hair and green eyes.

    What was I supposed to see?

    The ghost of Vasco de Gama! cried the little girl.

    A ghost?

    Yes! Look! Hes going lets go, we have to catch him.

    The girl took his hand and began to run. Benjamin was so surprised than he ran too. Theyran so long t hat they didnt see the bridge anymore and Benjamin was tired. He lookedaround him, Douro was far. They were next to a big tower:

    Did you see? Hes going on top of the Torre dos Clerigos, lets go!

    No! Im so tired , complained Benjamin.

    Now youre here, you must come.

    They went to the top, the view was magnificent. Benjamin was happy to be there whensuddenly he heard a chuckle.

    Hello young boy, welcome to Porto! said an old and dusty ghost. So Paulina, whos thisguy?

    B

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    A sad boy Sir , replied the little girl. He was near the Douro looking so sad around himthen I decided to catch you with him. But it was too