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Looking for the disappeared star in Portugal

Main characters: Maria and Manuel

Places of the action: Lisbon, Ribatejo region, Almeirim

Maria is Portuguese and she lives in Ribatejo, in a small town called Almeirim, in the district of Santarém. She lives with her parents, her grandmother and her twin brother, José. Her house is in the lezíria, near the river Tagus. Her house is white with a yellow bar and green shutters. In front of the House there is a beautiful garden with colorful flowers and trees. From Mary’s bedroom window, she can see the Tagus River and at the top of the hill the capital of the region, the city of Santarém. She is a 12 year-old girl who attends Febo Moniz school in Almeirim, she is attending the 6th grade of class C. She has got long straight brown hair, as the autumn leaves. Her eyes fit with the colors of her hair, when she is happy her eyes shine like stars. Maria is as tall as her brother, they are both of medium stature, as most of her schoolmates. At school she has many friends, Joaquim, Joana, Rita, Ana and her brother that joins the group. They are always together so they are known as F.F. (friends forever). Maria is nice, a good pupils, cheerful, good-humored charisma and helpful the companions. Manuel is Maria's cousin, he lives in the archipelago of the Azores, a group of 9 islands that belongs to Portugal, located in the Atlantic Ocean. São Miguel is the largest island of the archipelago and its capital is Ponta Delgada, the hometown of Manuel. He lives with his mother and his older sister, called Amália, in a flat next to the marina of the city. From their living room window they can see the immense blue ocean, boats and seagulls flying in the blue sky. His sister Portuguese Team 2012/2013


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usually takes him to the city center, where buildings with five centuries share the space with new projects, making it a modern and cosmopolitan city. Manuel is a good boy, he gets good marks and he is like his cousin he is helpful. He has got wavy dark hair and black eyes. He is tall and thin. Manuel practices Athletics since he was 6 years old. He will be 13 on April 25th, a very important date for Portugal, because in 1974 our country was no longer submissive to a dictator and went on to be a democratic State. On November 1st it is celebrated all Saints ' day. It is public holiday. So that Manuel’s mother decided to visit her relatives on the mainland, she wants to enjoy herself with her family and she also wants to rest for some days. It's the 1st November. Manuel is very happy because he is going to visit their relatives in Portugal. They have a long journey to do, it is close to two hours to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Manuel and Amália go with their mother to the airport, they boy a pineapple, the typical fruit of the Azores, Azorean cheeses, milk from cows grazing in the Azorean immense green meadows of the Islands and the famous tea. It was time to check in. They waited their turn in the queue and they checked their luggage. They went to the boarding gate and went into the plane. Manuel sat near the window. After the taking off he saw the island of St. Miguel becoming smaller and smaller, it looked like an Ant in the middle of the ocean. He spotted Santa Maria Island, which like St. Miguel is part of the Eastern group of the archipelago, being one of the most important points of flight information in the world. At Lisbon Airport Mary and her family were waiting for them to take them to Ribatejo region. Finally, they heard the announcement of the arrival of Manuel’s flight. “The flight of the Azorean airlines SATA 372 from João Paulo II airport, from Ponta Delgada had just landed.”

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Maria went to the arrivals door but her mother warned her that it would take some time till her cousin arrival. She was imagining how Manuel would look like after two years without seeing him. When the door opened for passengers to leave, Maria was waiting for her cousin. She saw everyone leaving and her mother said: - Maria your cousin has already left. Will you pick him up? It was a long time since they were together so she did not recognize him. Manuel recognized Maria as soon as he saw her. Meanwhile she was thinking that he couldn’t be her cousin. -Manuel! Are you so different! You are taller than me. Its nice to see you again. The cousins hugged strongly and the family was happy to see each other again. They rushed, they put the luggage in the car and drove to Almeirim, that lies 80 Km from Lisbon. As soon as they arrived home Maria and Manuel's mothers began to prepare a typical Portuguese meal. Maria's father ignited the coals for grilling cod. Maria's mother roasted potatoes and made a salad dressed with olive oil. In the kitchen it still smelled cinnamon that Maria's mother had put in the rice pudding that she had prepared the eve before. The family gathered at the dinner table and talked about what had happened during the time that they were not together. After the meal the cousins were watching television. They were watching cartoons when the broadcast was interrupted. They informed that the stars from the European Union flag were stolen. They also reported on the News that the thieves had hidden a star somewhere in Portugal. Manuel and Maria were concerned about it and at the same time they were eager to solve the mystery. They decided to send an SMS to their friends and have a meeting with the parents ' agreement. At the meeting time,they were all there, Rita, Ana, Joaquiim and Joana. Portuguese Team 2012/2013


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José, Maria and Manuel were waiting for them in the living room. They were all with a serious face; Maria was preparing to direct the meeting, with a pen in her hand and a paper with several notes. - Come on! We have an important case to solve. We will search for the missing star. - Maria said. -The star is in Lisbon. - Manuel said. Maria told the group that they could not go alone for this adventure that they have to be with an adult. Then, they convince Manuel's sister to go with them. Later that day, they asked their parents' permission to go to Lisbon and look for the star. Only Joana cannot go with the group. The following day they caught the train at the railway station in Santarém. This station is very beautiful, it has many typical tiles from Portugal, with the region's landscapes painted in blue and white. During the trip they enjoyed the landscape along Tagus River, they saw the horses and the bulls that were grazing in the lezíria. During the trip to Lisbon the friends took their time to make the plan to find the star. They left at Oriente station and stayed together to discuss the plan. - We have reached the starting point. Now, let's decide the next steps. Maria said. - We will go into Vasco da Gama shopping centre. - Joaquim said. It is the first time I've been here but I know that it has a name of a Portuguese Navigator. - Rita said. Amália, Manuel's sister, explained the group that Vasco da Gama was a Portuguese Navigator and Explorer, from the age of

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sailing from Europe to India. This trip became famous because for it was the first time someone reached India by sea. Since then Europe had had new products, such as spices and precious stones. At that time Europe was delighted with the new flavors of ginger, cinnamon, cloves and pepper. Inside the shopping center they noticed that the building is a ship turned upside down, and that it is always running water on the roof to give the feeling that you are sailing. The group passed through the building without a stop and they went to flags area. They began trying to find the flags of the European Union (Germany; Italy; France; Luxembourg; Holland; Belgium; United Kingdom; Ireland; Denmark; Greece; Portugal; Spain; Austria, Finland, Sweden; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Slovakia; Slovenia; Estonia; Hungary; Latvia; Lithuania; Malta; Poland; Bulgaria; Romania). They were successful, among many flags of many countries around the world, the European flags were there This place hence the name of Parque das Nações (Nations Park) due to the world exhibition that took place in 1998. It would be a good place to hide a star, they search nearby the river and they walked up and down. - The star is not on here! - Joaquim said. - Well no, we'll have to look somewhere else. - Rita said. - Good idea, but where? - Manuel asked. - Let's try next to the Oceanário. – José added. Qand they went there. They were along the Tagus River enjoying the beautiful views that the river offered them. -

What a great bridge! – Manuel was surprised – and how beautiful it is!

His sister, the eldest of the group asked if they still remember what she told them about the Portuguese Navigator who discovered the maritime way to India.

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- Such as the shopping centre, the bridge is also called Vasco da Gama. It is the longest bridge in Europe with approximately 17.3 Km and the ninth largest in the world. - Wow!!!!! - They said in chorus. Maria called the attention to the group because they were there to look for the star not to enjoy the beautiful views along the river. -

Come on guys, we have a lot to do. First of all the duties, only after that the leisure activities.

Near the Oceanário door they planned to look for the star in every corner. They got inside the Oceanário and apart from seeing the beautiful aquatic species; they sought the star everywhere they came in. They saw a star but it was a starfish and not the star of the European Union flag. - Where will we find the star? – Rita asked. - What about looking for the star in Belém zone? – Maria suggested them. - Good idea! – They exclaimed. - I have a better idea! Let's go and eat a pastel de Belém! –Manuel said – It was a long time that I hadn’t a pastel de Belém, I miss it! So they went towards Belém. After they had eaten the pastel de Belém, the most traditional and delicious cake from Portugal, they went on to Jerónimos Monastery. - I love this monument of the XVI century! It is one of the main churches of the Manueline style, it is UNESCO World Heritage. - Amália said. - Let's come in and search the star ...- Manuel said to the rest of the group. - Come on, we are wasting time! - Ana said. Portuguese Team 2012/2013


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They got into the monastery and looked for the star, while they enjoy the monument beauty. - Look! There are two famous Portuguese buried here! - Joaquim said. - Who are they? –Rita asked. - Luís Vaz de Camões, the best-known Portuguese poet. He was the one who wrote the "Lusiadas", a masterpiece of Portuguese literature which recounts, in poetry, the achievements of the Portuguese - Amália said. - And who was the other? – José asked. - Remember we have spoken of the first Portuguese who came to India? - Amália asked. -Yes, Vasco da Gama! - everyone answered. - See who learned ... today we had a real lesson of Portuguese culture! Ah!!! Ah!!! And you thought you were going only to live an adventure!!! After a long search they came to the conclusion that the star was not there. They came out and continued walking along the river. They sought nearby Padrão dos Descobrimentos and next to Torre de Belém, but they could find the star. - Oh! I am getting disappointed - Manuel said – Do you really think that we are going to find the star??? - Who knows?! – Rita answered little confident. - Well, what happen with you? You have done your best and worked hard as a team and that's the most importantQYou should be proud of being friends and having starting for this adventure with a goal, but not everything in a dream comes true, and we should also learn how to deal with situations that we are not able to achieve what we want. However, it was a pleasant day we spent in the capital city of our country and your friendship is stronger now. Friendship is a feeling that we must preserve. Can you imagine how would life be without Portuguese Team 2012/2013


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friends? Have you thought about it? Let's enjoy the rest of the day, the wonderful weather and the Portuguese sun, I'll take you to the Lisbon Zoo. Amália said this to encourage the group. They caught the bus. The group was a bit sad and nobody said a word. They were listening to a song on the bus radio. Amália tried to cheer up the group: -

They music on the radio is fitting your spirit. Sad like fado! Fado is

our music, it's sad and the Portuguese guitar seems to cry, it became a world heritage, it is very important for us, but come on children, we are going to the Zoo. As time passed by the group seemed to recover their morale. They loved the animals and they had fun again. Before leaving they decided to watch the dolphins show. During the show the group was again excited with the wonderful animals. Suddenly ... - Look, what does the dolphin bring in its mouth?? – Maria asked. - The star!! – They shouted all – we have found the star, we have found the star!! They started running and they told the attendant that the star that the dolphin had in its mouth was the stolen star from the European Union flag. The attendant was amazed because he didn't know what happened, but he released him to help the kids. - Congratulations to all of you! You are true heroes! So at the end of the show you are going to have the star and you will take a picture with our dolphins! - the attendant said. -Yupi!!!! We got it!! We got it!!! - the kids shouted. And it was so. Portuguese Team 2012/2013


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The next day, the group was invited to go to a TV programme to tell their adventure. The photo was on the front page of local and national newspapers. The family was proud. Finally, the stars will be together again, symbolizing harmony among the people in Europe. Everyone remembered European Union the main aim, peace among European countries. A nice photo with dolphins, small heroes and a little bright star that will shine forever in the flag of the European Union and in the hearts of those who believe in Europe.

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