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New Year's Eve in London

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 04 May, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 04 May, 2010, 12:00am

Benny Man still remembers how nervous and excited he was when he first arrived in Britain last year. After Benny finished high school in Macau, he decided to explore the world. Nine months of studying English in Bournemouth was a unique experience.

'I learned to look after myself and get along with my host family. I wasn't homesick at all. I made new friends from around the world. During Christmas, we went to London for two weeks. It was amazing,' says Benny.

'That New Year's Eve was the most special one of my life. There was a big celebration in London and thousands of people crowded the narrow streets. We found a wonderful spot on the bridge to watch the fireworks. We waited there for three hours before Big Ben struck 12. But it was worth it.

'I was amazed by the stunning fireworks. The display was breathtaking! The end of the celebration was a magical moment - it started snowing,' he says.

'Snowflakes fell on us before they melted. It was a beautiful start to the new year.'

This special beginning to 2010 reminds Benny how lucky he was. 'All students should take the chance to study abroad or travel,' he says.

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