The foundation for our trip and governing factor of most destinations is Tony’s work schedule. We go where the races are! So, in September we ventured to Ibiza, an Island off the coast of south-eastern Spain. It is a truly beautiful place. We came to Ibiza to cheer on the PROVEZZA TP52 in the Super Series and were fortunate to spend a great deal of time with the team. Aside from yacht racing, Ibiza is quite known as a unique destination for parties, weddings and nightlife mega-clubbing. We could not avoid the fabulous, yet constant head-nodding electronic beat: bomb-bah, bomb-banomba, bomb-bah bomb bonampa!
Fish and helado after racing!
An afternoon fieldtrip to Dalt Vila and the cathedral on top of the old city. It was hot, hot, hot and yet so wonderful at the same time! We saw some beautiful medieval art, sculpture and architecture and had a quiet lunch at a little cafe tucked out of site in the old city. We brought our drawing materials and sketched there.
Happily, we were able to find a quiet area in the hotel to do our school-work each day, which was enormously successful. Below is our colegio (school) arrangement at the Hotel Corso in Ibiza, Spain. The hotel staff was super helpful and supportive as we setup school each day.
Our daily schedule was something like this: breakfast at the hotel (which the kids loved) which consisted of a lot of fresh fruit, croissants, ham, fresh orange juice and for me, café cortado. Then we would return to our hotel room to retrieve our small luggage of school materials and return to a closed restaurant on a terrace of the hotel for “colegio“. The staff were very supportive of our mini-escuela and made a nice space for us. We studied for about 2 or 2-1/2 hours and then would return our books to the room and either go to the pool or into the old city to explore. Sometimes, both! The kids were exposed to a great deal of Spanish every day. A particular moment of success for me was when we had taken a taxi from the marina to the top of the Dalt Vila and I spoke to our cab driver the entire way (en español). He told us some things about the area we should not miss and was enthusiastic about our visit to that part of the city. I translated all to the kids and Sophia was particularly moved. Sophia shook her head and said, “I am SO learning to speak more languages…” It was a moment I could not have orchestrated nor imagined would happen so soon, and it was extraordinary. I felt that in our first week, the vision Tony and I had (to expose our kids to a greater world) was starting to become a reality.
Before leaving home, we set up the kids’ Chromebooks with an application called DUOLINGO which is perfect for learning Spanish. They are cruising through the exercises and both seem to be taking to Spanish very well.
Other components of their daily courses include: Poetry, Math, Reading Comprehension, Critical Thinking, Art, Art History, Spanish, Journal Writing, free reading and of course, postcard writing! Our history and geography are included in what I call “intangibles” and will be covered via our afternoon excursions and our travel, itself. Science will be introduced as it naturally comes about – mostly in N0vember once we move on to the boat… which, as far as I am concerned, will be one great big science project!
Waving in our Team: Provezza, TP52. The kids in the bottom photos are onboard PROVEZZA with dad after sailing. Dalt Vila (the old city) in the background. Oliver throwing American Football pass with teammates post-racing.
Our Ibiza days transcended into Ibiza nights as we met Tony at the marina post-racing each day. All the TP52’s are docked together and directly across the dock area is a large, very nice tent with complementary drinks of any possible variety, helado, sangria and large cones of fresh fish, calamari and chips. It was great to see so many of the sailors that we have known for many years and to catch up with them. They are a wonderful group of guys with whom Tony works all year as they meet in incredible ports such as this one. It is truly an honor to know them.
After the marina outing, we would go back to the hotel for an afternoon swim/shower/ change and cocktail hour with the Turkish PROVEZZA crew, which began nightly at eight. Dinner was semi-prompt at about 9 or 930 and lasted nightly until about 12-1am. The kids were absolute champs and maintained exceptional patience and grace during these long multi-course dinners. They played cards, colored pictures and conversed with the team of 24+. One night there was even a full regaling of Mike Lanza’s so-sad-yet-so-fabulous joke list. ie: “What do you call a man with no arms and no legs at the door? Matt.” It went on for hours, with a handful of British sailors adding even more off-color jokes to our supply.
We suspect the jet-lag was to receive all the credit, as we never had a single night where the kids were not beautifully behaved. For sure they won the hearts of many.
* Click here to see Oliver’s IBIZA project… ibizaproject