Spain, Summers 2004-2005

Don Quixote in the Subway, Barcelona
Don Quixote in the Subway, Barcelona

Mallorca – Barcelona – Pontevedra – Santiago de Compostela

The summer of 2004, I made a momentous decision to turn my “three-year overseas adventure” in Japan (which had gone on for, like, six years already) into something more permanent. Amongst other things, I wanted to formalize my transition from conversational ESL teacher status to English Language Arts teacher at the international school where I worked in suburban Tokyo.

After a bit of research, I enrolled in a post-graduate international school teacher education program run by an American college at their summer campus on… Mallorca, Spain.

For the next two summers i left the tropical heat of Tokyo for the desert heat of Spain and studied teacher education on a resort island in the Mediterranean. How much actual study did I get done? A surprising amount, all things considered, with the temptations of Ibiza and Barcelona just a short ferry or flight away. Instead, I spent the weekends exploring Mallorca’s rustic interior, where Miro was inspired to paint his abstract landscapes in Mediterranean reds, blacks, blues, greens, and yellows.

After each semester, I traveled solo or with my girlfriend around northern Iberia, from Gaudi’s Barcelona and the rest of Catalonia to small-town Galicia, through rustic Portugal and into genteelly decaying Lisbon.

These are pictures from those trips. Check out the full gallery at 500px.

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Toronto Photo Gallery on 500Px

Toronto, Summer 2007

New City Hall
New City Hall

I continue to re-build my Lightroom Library of images after an epic fail when I upgraded my Mac operating system to El Capitan… Oh well: gives me a chance to sort through, edit, and upload from the 25,000+ images on my hard drive 🙂

I’ve also resurrected my photo gallery at 500PX. Currently, I’m adding pictures Toronto pictures from 2007, including some photos of the old Port, UofT and the Annex area, Cherry Beach, and so on.