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Life in Culebrón is a disconnected series of pieces about the banal and ordinary of everyday life in an inland Alicante village seen from my very British perspective.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Monforte del Cid

Every year students and teachers from the Adult Education Colleges in our area get together for a bit of a celebration. Each of the participating towns takes it in turn to host the event and this year it was the turn of Monforte del Cid.

Twenty of us doing courses in Pinoso went to do our bit for intercollegiate solidarity.

First thing, naturally, was a bit of something to eat and drink just in case the 30km journey had worn us out. The food was set out on long tables in the town square. Next on the agenda was a tour of the town. Our group was guided by a young person from the host college. I think our original guide may have been on a basic skills course as a young woman had to take over the reading of his prepared notes when anything with more than two syllables caused him real problems. We saw museums, music schools, churches, old cemetries, the headquarters of various of the Moors and Christians groups and the Town Hall. We were all flagging by now so the upholstered seats in the town auditorium, where we were given an offical welcome, heard a "humorous" monologue and were presented with a book showcasing the work of Adult Ed students, was very welcome.

The main event of the day though was troughing down for lunch in the garden of the Sports Centre. Unfortunately Monforte produces a lot of different alcoholic beverages and we had to sample them all to avoid any sort of inter district rivalry.

A thoroughly enjoyable day.

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