My wife and I got married back in 2010. After one honeymoon, one appendectomy, and 3 weeks at my parent’s house, we packed up everything and moved to Spain where we resided for the next year.
Living in Spain was always a dream of ours. We studied abroad in Spain while dating and knew we wanted to return one day. My wife started our wedding photography business in 2009, about a year before we left for Spain. When we got confirmation that we’d actually be living abroad for a year, we decided to put the “business” part on hold while we were out of the country.
We moved to Seville, Spain in the southern province of Andalucia. We worked part-time for the Spanish government as “Cultural Ambassadors,” teaching English in elementary schools. Since we worked only a handful of hours a week, it allowed us to really get a feel for the country, culture, and do a lot of traveling… on a budget. Make no mistake, there was a lot of “couch surfing” for accommodations and meals out of snacks.
We absolutely loved the Southern Spanish culture. It’s warm and laid back just like where we’re from in the SE United States. Parts of our city and the surrounding countryside were right out of a Game of Thrones scene. We started our lives together in a tiny 1 room (not 1 bedroom…) “piso” in downtown Seville. Our favorite part was the floor to ceiling windows that opened to a quiet courtyard.
Things we love about Seville (or Spain in general):
Working as a teacher in another country is a great way to see and be a part of another culture. My wife and I are forever grateful for the opportunity we had to travel abroad. These photos from southern Spain are just a sampling of our time in Europe. Aside from exploring all over the country of Spain, we were able to travel to Morocco, Belgium, France, Portugal, The Netherlands, Gibraltar, and Italy. Living outside of our comfort zone for an extended time has definitely helped shape how I see the world. It’s also affected the way I document it with my camera. If you have the opportunity to live in another context for a while, you should definitely take it!
Wesley Teague is one half of W&E Photographie. To view more of Wesley's work, visit him here.