Don Gregorio, the memorable republican instructor of “La lengua de las mariposas”, used to say that “books are like a house… in books we will shelter our desires so they do not freeze to dying”. Whereas he dusted off a replica of “Treasure Island”, the character performed by Fernando Fernán Gómez, warned concerning the experiences that books have in retailer for us and that place new worlds inside our sight and attain. That very same ardour for the data hidden behind its pages is what many academics attempt to transmit, with better or lesser success, in our lessons. Nevertheless, each time doable, it’s good to take a step ahead to satisfy these worlds, get off the stage, shut the desk and go open air to take the temperature.
From institute to institute, that conviction has led me to be entangled in preparations for journeys and excursions lately. A ardour that only a month in the past has introduced me nearer to the halls of the Prado Museum and that within the final week has made me stroll the streets of Rome. I write these strains nonetheless exhausted from the journey, however I am unable to assist however smile once I keep in mind the adventures of today with the highschool girls and boys within the Italian capital. From every journey I all the time return with some additional grey hair however with the satisfaction of seeing how these new worlds open up for them. An initiation journey for a lot of who, for the primary time, are so removed from their houses. A journey of information through which buildings, avenues and monuments are illustrating the teachings sure within the volumes of their backpacks. And a voyage of discovery through which they go to locations the place the imprint of historical past was left with particular drive.
It’s inevitable to really feel fortunate to take part in these decisive experiences that, through the years, they’ll keep in mind with longing. Strolling from Piazza Navona to the Pantheon and from the Spanish Steps to the Trevi Fountain, I remembered the imprint that my first go to to this everlasting metropolis left on me. Advancing from the Basilica of Saint Peter to that of Saint Paul, he may see the worth of studying on the bottom within the faces of the scholars. Strolling from the Roman Discussion board to the Colosseum, he considered how heritage retains the reminiscence of cities alive. After these frenetic days of accelerated visits, I’m taking inventory and I see extra clearly the significance of the historic and creative heritage within the financial reactivation of cities and the pressing want for municipal governments to wager on the safety and promotion of their tradition as vacationer engine twelve months a yr. Saving the distances and particularities, Zamora has quite a bit to supply vacationers and guests, and these have quite a bit to match our commerce, our hospitality and, finally, the prosperity of all Zamoranos.
These initiation journeys will not be solely important for pupil studying, but in addition for the work of educating and for broadening horizons. Studying exterior the classroom is for the scholar, what understanding different cities on the road is for the municipal consultant. To provide only one instance, the go to to the Prado served because the definitive incentive for the proposal “Zamora Prado prolonged”, an initiative promoted by the Socialist Group within the Zamora Metropolis Council on the finish of final yr to worth the works of the Prado Museum deposited in Zamora and switch them right into a vacationer asset.
Electoral occasions are approaching through which the totally different candidates for the mayoralty of Zamora must defend which metropolis we would like and what we’re going to do to attain it, but in addition through which each must account for the bags traveled. I’m fortunate to have the help of an amazing staff within the PSOE de Zamora-Ciudad and within the Municipal Group. We socialist councilors can proudly and humbly say that now we have devoted these 4 years of opposition to being constructive, always providing options, visiting neighborhoods and attending to know their issues up shut, getting nearer to different cities round us, seeing what they’re doing and that it really works, and attempt to adapt it to the wants and peculiarities of our metropolis. Now we have not been idle and now we have all the time been prepared to take step one and supply shut and dependable collaboration.
Whether or not on the building website within the Prado, among the many Roman streets or on the banks of a river exploring the language of butterflies, initiation journeys all the time current us with challenges and check our resistance. Like my college students, within the coming days I’ll face a journey that won’t be with out difficulties, however one which I face with enthusiasm and optimism. I arrive firstly of this path with my baggage ready, my morale set, and my saddlebags loaded with work and proposals. In the meantime, I preserve unpacking my suitcase and, earlier than falling asleep, I’m wondering what new worlds this subsequent journey will open up for me.