Saturday, 13 February 2010
Chinese New Year in Madrid
There is a thriving Chinese community in Madrid and I was glad to see New Year marked in the traditional way with a dragon and lion dance and plenty of red lanterns. This is one of my favourite times of the year and a sure sign of spring coming when the strings of red lanterns adorn the streets of London's Chinatown. In Madrid things are done on a smaller scale but Madrid has a pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo later this year and they are keen to promote it. I picked up some brochures, bookmarks and tiger masks to use at my English class this week. I have promised my students that we would be looking at Chinese astrologyy and now I have some realia.
If nothing else, today reminded me of my dream to return to China some day and teach and now that I have had the experience of teaching here in Madrid, I feel more able and confident to take on the challenge.
One of the great things about Spain is the patronage of art and cultural life, especially by the banking foundations.The street art makes the city a vibrant place and when the sun is shining, as it is today, I really am happy to be living here.
Posted by Debralondon at 21:24