"Somewhere in La Mancha in a place whose name I do not care to remember, a gentleman lived not long ago, ..."
These are the first words of the famous novel written by Miguel de Cervantes Don Quixote which regularly appears high on lists of the greatest works of fiction ever published.
Our 8th grade Spanish students had the privilege of being introduced for the first time to the novel by Dr. Barbara Mujica, a Professor Emerita at Georgetown University. Dr, Mujica is a scholar, novelist, an international bestselling book writer, the winner of the Maryland Writers Association in the national fiction competition, and the writer of a book which was adapted for the stage at the Actors Studio in Hollywood. She is also the grandmother of Aidan M. in Grade 3.
During our trip to Spain this month, we will visit Consuegra, a community in Castilla La Mancha in central Spain where most Spanish windmills, like those described in Cervantes' Don Quixote, can be found. The students will have the opportunity to explore the same region about which Cervantes wrote.