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.