Iberia Photos on Exit Booted

To kick off a new photo gallery project, the eponymous Exit Booted (but now on Medium.com), I’ve uploaded sets of photos from the summers I spent in Spain and Portugal in the mid-2000’s.

I’ll add more sets from my world travels as I continue to work my way through my photo library. Next stop: Siem Reap and the Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia. But first, back to Iberia 2004/2005

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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.