The first thing Brian taught us was how to pronounce the name of this mid-west city in the USA “Chicago” and that was not the only word he demonstrated how to utter. He started talking about the different nicknames this city has, such as Chitown, The Windy City, The City of the Big Shoulders, The Onion, … a city which flourished around small towns and prairies, mainly thanks to the nearness to Lake Michigan as well as The Chicago River and its two (North and South) branches, among other things.
Brian’s interesting talk went through its history and geography, its architecture, art, literature, music, famous people, food and even sports. Most of its contents were to some extent intertwined by a simple object: the flag of Chicago with its white and blue stripes and its red stars.
We have found out how this city, once completely destroyed by The Great Fire, rose from the ashes, becoming the Second City in the United States with an incredible skyline and breathtaking skyscrapers and buildings. He also showed us the connection between Chicago and Spain by means of architects such as Frank Gehry or Jaume Plensa, who has been awarded today with “Premio Velázquez 2013” or an artist as Picasso and his Untitled sculpture that serves as meeting point there, Downtown.
For an hour or so, Brian Engquist, to our delight, had injected us the pleasure of visiting an endless-film-depicted city. And it would be a good destination for our next holiday, wouldn’t it?
Well, as I don’t want to make this entry too long, just tell you that I’ve enjoyed it a lot and so have you. Thanks for your participation and congrats to those who got your prize for answering the quiz questions correctly. I’m sure you don’t regret having attended school this evening.
|A group of pupils during the talk|
And more than anything else, no ketchup on your hot dogs. ;-)