Summer Scenes: 2013 Edition

People don’t actually fall off the face of the earth.

For one thing, there’s gravity. For another, we’re always somewhere, doing something (until we’re not).

But you’re forgiven for wondering just where the heck I went. (Thanks for caring!)

Did I end up in some strange desert?


Or get lost in the woods?

Montjuic graffiti

Am I in a land where art is larger than humans?

Fundació Joan Miró

Or houses look like they’re made of bone?

Casa Batlló

Well friends, I’m still in Barcelona – and all those photos above are from Barca, too. Which is just one more reason in a list of many that I can’t tire of this place. I’m constantly discovering something new.

This is not a love song

Well, actually this *is* a love song to the city

I’ve been here nearly 5 weeks now, and those photos were all taken in just the last few days. I’ve wandered through a cactus garden, past Miró’s constellations, across the mountain Montjuic, and inside (and around, and on top of) Gaudi’s amazing Casa Batlló all within the few days since the program where I taught ended.

And, oh the program!

I had incredible students this summer. I cannot even begin to tell you what a pleasure and a privilege it was to get to know them. Again I learned far more from them than they did me, but I’m pretty sure they had some fun along the way.

Creative Writing Minor Class 2013

My goofy expressions sometimes come in handy

Pedralbes Park with Major Class 2013

My incredible major class. 6 days a week and always interested, curious, and in good humor.

We visited ballrooms and Roman amphitheaters

Casa Castellarnau in Tarragona

Casa Castellarnau in Tarragona


Did Poetry Machine workshops and wrote about stunning photographs

The Poetry Machine

Sarah at Chema Madoz exhibit (I was thrilled to discover this photographer this summer - incredible work!)

Sarah at Chema Madoz exhibit (I was thrilled to discover this photographer this summer – incredible work!)

Both classes produced a literary journal and I couldn’t be more proud of them.

Literary journals, 2013

On the last day my major class surprised me with a gift. Delicious chocolate, and even more precious, a poem:

“Ode to Sion”

Eyes bright –
vivid and deep –
sparkling with youth and adventure

Smile wide and welcoming;
make her laugh and you’ll feel the warmth of summer

Kindness comes with her words,
poetry follows her pen:

delve into the depths of her notebook,
unfurl the web of ink
and lose yourself….

My amazing major class on the rooftop of La Pedrera

My amazing major class on the rooftop of La Pedrera

Yes, indeed. I cried. (Maya, Alexis, Sophia, Kiarra – THANK YOU! I will never forget you all!)

Now, I’m taking some time to rest and recuperate, though you can’t stop the brain from churning when inspired, either.



And I’ve found the perfect cafe, which I will now visit daily, Spice Cafe in Poble Sec.

Spice Cafe in Poble Sec

Spice Cafe in Poble Sec

In other news, I’ve made my first film appearance.


You may remember back in September I visited London to see a dear friend and be interviewed for a documentary about him. Well, The Heart of Bruno Wizard premiered at The East End Film Festival in July to a sold-out crowd. I couldn’t be at the premiere because it was the first day of classes, but it was quite the event! I hope the film will be picked up for distribution everywhere…and soon.


And so that’s the quick summary. There’s more, of course – there always is! But for now, you know I have not fallen off the face of the earth. No, I am living rich, rewarding days – just off the screen.

How is your summer going? What’s the sunshine in your life?

10 Responses to “Summer Scenes: 2013 Edition”

  1. 1 Karene August 4, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Hi Sion! Wonderful post. I loved hearing about your summer. You have made a lifetime investment in your students. What a worthwhile endeavor! Such terrific pictures too. I must add Barcelona to my list. I too have been absent from the computer most of the summer–mostly to read, do a little freelance editing, and make a few quick trips to the beach and Palm Springs. We’ve been blessed with sunny, 80F temps most of the summer here in SoCal. Can’t complain!


    • 2 paris (im)perfect August 4, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      Karene – sounds like you’re having a fabulous summer, too. I’m so glad! I’m looking forward to reading, writing, editing, and maybe taking a few side trips, too. Hope the rest of August is wonderful for you.


  2. 3 Nina Lorch August 4, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Buenas tardes, Sion! As soon as I saw the Gaudi house I knew you had to be in Barcelona. What a wonderful wonderful city. When we visited a few years ago (okay 2005), we almost set up housekeeping in La Sagrada Familia- neither of us wanted to leave. Sounds like you had a wonderful teaching experience; I’m so happy for you!

    Best wishes from Severin Street,



  3. 5 mybarcelona August 4, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Great shots! If you ever make it to the Canary Islands and Lanzarote specifically, there’s an amazing cactus garden there.


  4. 7 Tina August 5, 2013 at 2:16 am

    You make me want to teach in Barcelona!! What a great experience! How did you manage the EU restrictions, or were they solved because you live in Paris?


    • 8 paris (im)perfect August 5, 2013 at 10:52 am

      Hey Tina,

      I’m pretty sure you’re going to have some great experiences teaching in Bangkok! As for here, no visa issues. The company that runs the program is American and I get a good old W-2. But even if not, pretty sure my French residency allows me to work elsewhere in the EU.


  5. 9 pretemoiparis August 6, 2013 at 12:25 am

    So glad to hear you have lost yourself to Barcelona!


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