IELTS speaking practice | Describe an occasion when you had to get up early

Describe an instance when you had to get up early for some reason. Please say:

– What time did you get up?
– Where and when did you have to be?
– What was the reason for that?

Sample response

I am not a morning person. I have no issues with working late at night, but I don’t enjoy getting up early in the morning. I am rarely up before 6.30. However, there has been at least one occasion when I got up at 1 am. It happened in April this year during my visit to the Sai Baba Temple at Shirdi. I reached Shirdi at 9 pm and went to bed immediately. I wanted to watch the morning Arti which starts at 4 am. The temple attracts tens of thousands of visitors every day. So I knew if I wanted to watch the morning Arti, I had to be standing in queue from midnight itself. I took a bath as soon as I got up and rushed to the temple. I reached the temple premises at 1.30. Hundreds of people were already waiting in the queue. I joined them promptly. I was lucky enough to participate in the Arti. While I don’t normally enjoy getting up early in the morning, this time around it was not a problem for me because I had always wanted to visit Shirdi and pay my respects to Sai Baba who I worship with great devotion.

Manjusha Nambiar

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