3. The sun sets


The dogs Kira and Cody are on vacation in the mountains with Padroncina (Mom) and Amicone (Buddy). But this is not a very relaxing vacation! Read and listen to a story in Italian with 15 short chapters and live a very adventurous and thrilling vacation! With this story you’ll improve your Italian, particularly your listening and reading skills, and your vocabulary. The story is suitable for beginners and more advanced learners.

Capitolo 3: Il sole tramonta

The sun is going down behind the mountains. Why don’t we go back home?


Il sole tramonta

Finalmente facciamo una pausa! Penso mentre mi sdraio all’ombra di un grande albero.
Abbiamo camminato per alcune ore e adesso sono molto stanca. E ho anche molta sete! Per fortuna Padroncina riempie una ciotola con un po’ d’acqua fresca per me e Cody.
Padroncina e Amicone tirano fuori dagli zaini il pranzo al sacco e mangiano, poi ci rimettiamo in cammino. 

Il pomeriggio passa velocemente e io inizio a preoccuparmi. Il sole sta già tramontando dietro alle montagne e inizia a fare buio. Non torniamo a casa?
Poco dopo arriviamo in una radura e Padroncina appoggia il suo zaino a terra. «Siamo arrivati!»
Cosa? La guardo confusa.
«Montiamo qui la tenda?» chiede Amicone.
«Sì! È un buon posto, o no?» risponde lei guardandosi intorno soddisfatta.
Montare la tenda? Quindi non torniamo a casa per la notte! Non ho mai dormito in tenda, sono molto emozionata!

Cody intanto annusa in giro e sembra preoccupato.
«Cody, che succede?» gli chiedo.
«Sento un odore particolare, ed è molto forte. Meglio fare attenzione stanotte.»
Anch’io annuso in giro. Ha ragione, c’è un odore molto forte. Probabilmente qui vicino c’è la tana di un animale selvatico.
Stanotte dobbiamo fare la guardia.


Finally we do a break! I think while I lay down in the shade of a big tree.
We walked for a few hours and now I’m very tired. And I’m also very thirsty! Luckily Mom fills a bowl with some fresh water for me and Cody.
Mom and Buddy get the packed lunch out of their backpacks and eat, then we’re back on our way.

Afternoon goes by fast and I start to worry. The sun is already setting behind the mountains and it’s getting dark. Aren’t we going home?
A little later we arrive in a clearing and Mom puts her backpack on the ground. “We have arrived!”
What? I look at her confused.
«Shall we build the tent here?» asks Buddy.
«Yes! It’s a good place, isn’t it?» she answers, looking around satisfied.
Build the tent? So we don’t go home for the night! I’ve never slept in a tent before. I’m very excited.

Cody, meanwhile, is sniffing around and seems worried.
«Cody, what’s going on?» I ask him.
«I smell something strange, and it’s very strong. Better be careful tonight.»
I’ll sniff around, too. He’s right, there is a very strong smell. There’s probably a wild animal’s lair nearby.
We have to keep watch tonight.

Fonte immagine: Freepik

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