But first, let's look at some photos from the last time I was in Spain. It was 1974. On my way back to Canada I stopped off in Madrid for a few days to hang out in the Prado some more. I met some American girls in the hotel and we decided to take in some flamenco. This the group at Las Brujas (no idea if it is still in existence):
They had someone who went around photographing the guests and selling them copies. Here we are:
I'm the guy in the middle and I think we are exchanging addresses. No, of course we didn't keep in touch!
I have a couple of photos from Alicante, the city on the Mediterranean coast of Spain where I studied with Maestro José Tomás. These are a lot of the students from the class. In the centre, holding the green file is the winner of that year's competition, Masahiro Umamoto (at least, if I recall his name correctly). I'm not in this photo, but there are guitarists from Spain, Peru, the Philippines, France, Belgium, Venezuela, Japan, the US, Finland and other places I'm sure.
UPDATE: Silly me, of course I'm in this photo, that's why I have it! I'm the funny looking guy in the top row, second from the left.
My last photo was taken out on the boulevard in front of where the master classes were. I'm in this shot, crouched down second from the right. At the far right is my good friend Klaus Helminen. No, of course we didn't keep in touch. I just googled his name and can't find anything that isn't in Finnish, but it looks as if he is still playing concerts. The people in this shot are a lot of the same ones from the other one, taken the same day. But in the centre, in the blue shirt, crouching down is my roommate at the time, an Irish guitarist whose name I cannot remember.
So there you have it, my complete photo archive from 1974 in Spain.
Just you wait, I'll have better photos from my upcoming visit. Now, let's have some music. One of the pieces I learned in my time there was the English Suite #1 by John Duarte: