Once again Xabec rised to the challenge to widen our minds and our goals in a whole. This time we went to Holand to visit Markiezaat College, an outstanding Training School based in the city of Bergen op Zoom, close to the South border of Holand.
The “semana fallera” provided us with the opportunity,not only to have a great time getting to know all the Markiezaat workshops and training rooms, but also to make a pleasant tour around Antwerpen (at a time part of the Spanish Empire) and Brussels, which claims to be one of the core centres of the European Community.
No doubt there were many things and aspects we enjoyed very much at Markiezaat College. All of us got really excited with everything we saw there, and felt very thankful for the way we were welcomed by all the staff. But, for all those enriching things –among them we don´t forget the visit to Philip Morris Int. Facilities-, as Toni explained in the last official meeting, there is one particular matter that will make that visit really unforgetable for us as a teachers: the student´s performance. We all agreed to put it this way: “we fell in love with them”. The way they managed to conduct the presentations transmitted something like “maturity” and, more over, made us feel as a succesful students who found themselves surprised to achieve the end of new tasks –such as designing a three dimensión “wistle” or setting a “flow-code”- as if we had been trained for that purpose for ages. And on top of that, they made it all on a polite style, and speaking a fluent English. That´s food for thought.
There´s Little space in the paper to convey every single feeling or learning experience we´ve had in those days. Not even the host of pictures we took could do so. But we will always save some space in ourselves to remember, and to learn.
In the days to come, when we see or hear about Holand, all of us will probably bring to the fore these good memories and smile broadly as for a picture, and will “SAY CHEESE!!”