The first country I traveled abroad to (other than crossing the borders into Canada and Mexico).
- Back in high school, our Spanish class took a group trip to Spain and traveled to Madrid, Toledo, Segovia, Córdoba, Granada, Sevilla and Málaga. I fell in love with the architecture, the food, the music, the beaches, and the girls (…I was 18!).
Where I met my wife.
- I went back to Spain two years later to study abroad in Sevilla. This is when I really fell in love with Spain and the province of Andalucía. I was there for 3 1/2 months but it seemed like 2 years, most likely because I met my wife there! She was studying abroad in the same program but coming from a different University. We traveled together to Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba, Granada, Nerja, Maro, Cádiz, Ibiza, Formentera and Morocco. We went to soccer games, flamenco performances, Semana Santa (Holy Week), Las Ferias de Abril (April festivals), ate lunches by the Guadalquivir river, visited cafes inside narrow streets, strolled through beautiful city parks…a true romance.
Where I went on my honeymoon
- Five and a half years later I went back again, this time for my honeymoon! We had a layover in Madrid, so we got to explore a bit. Then we headed to our destination of Ibiza, which is known as a party island, but known to us for it’s calm and beauty.
inspiration for artwork
- I could probably spend a few years making paintings based solely on the cultural influences of Spain!