Nick and I came to Tenerife for a long weekend at the beginning of February to celebrate our birthdays. After a long old start to the year with the typical ‘January blues’, compounded by multiple car breakdowns and some devastating news about a dear friend, our landlady called to say that her relationship had ended so she needed her house back as she had nowhere else to go – we had two months to find a new home. A weekend get-away in the sun was clearly in order, and as my birthday was coming up, it was the perfect excuse to go somewhere that neither of us had ever been. We used a price-comparison website to look up an all-inclusive holiday anywhere sunny within 5 hours of the U.K. and that’s how we end up coming to Los Gigantes in Tenerife.
We loved it the moment we got off the plane. The climate is perfect for both of us, which says a lot as Nick and I (NaI) are complete temperature opposites. I am always cold. I ALWAYS have a jumper or scarf near. Nick, on the other hand, is like my personal radiator. He’s always warm. All the time. He’s also understandably typical in that he wants to hang out in shorts and feel comfortable doing so. The temperatures in the south of Tenerife average a low of about 9 degrees Celsius and while on holiday, we experienced up to 27 degrees Celsius. For me, it’s comparable with Zimbabwean weather at it’s best. Nostalgia was in overdrive.
We had a wonderful time relaxing on the hotel complex. We wondered out of the complex and found ourselves at a beach with black sand. Tenerife is an active volcano so the soil from the volcanic rock is black. And beautiful. The sea water is so clear and blue, though I must say that neither of us got into the water. The sea was cordoned off by the lifeguards as the waterways too high. The warm sun definitely made up for it though! We got enough swimming done at the hotel pool so it didn’t bother us too much. We’ve always enjoyed exploring our holiday destinations so on the last day, we rented a car and drove around the island and the scenery was just breath-taking. The range from desert-looking land interrupted by pockets of cacti and tough grasses with a backdrop of clear skies and blue seas, to steep roads overlooking gorges green with vibrant vegetation is the ultimate geography field trip…
So we got back to grey Reading on the Sunday afternoon, faced with the prospect of house hunting and selling the car. To be fair, it was the first week of February so to expect anything other than grey would have been foolish. So the obligatory post-holiday ‘isn’t it devastating that we’re back’ Facebook post went up, and Nick’s aunt responded saying if we loved it that much, she knew someone who was selling their house in Tenerife.
After some discussions and a lot of throwing caution to the wind, we decided to come for at least 6 months and see how it goes! So here we are!
After all the stress and buildup for the house move and migrating – I think I’m going to need a holiday soon…