‘Real’ life in Tenerife begins

I can’t believe it but I think I need a break! With the excitement of moving to Tenerife still bubbling over, and the fact that every day still brings with it something new to do,  I feel like I’ve been very busy over the last few weeks. There is no time to slow down though, as life goes on.

A key step to settling in Spain (for me), is to have a job here. Work ticks so many boxes for me – it’s nice to have added some structure to my day, it’s an easy way to meet new people, I’m getting paid(!) and it means I am paying into the system which makes settling in terms of legal status much easier as well. The changes that are taking place worldwide generally, and Brexit specifically, keep this at the top of my list of things to do as soon as possible. One part of this which has already been sorted out is my Social Security number.

I’m pleased to report that I managed to get this done with the little Spanish I speak – from booking the appointment to getting the number! The key detail for the Social Security number was having a job!  I have a part time job at an English school where I help my students practice conversational English and help to increase their confidence in speaking. It’s an evening job so I hold on to the prospect of spending my days and weekends with Nick, exploring more of the island.  I’m also looking forward to working in Santa Cruz. It’s an hour commute which is bearable as I will be driving.

Sunset at Callao...
Sunset at Callao…

So the holiday ends now and real life begins now. Nick has work, and I have my part time gig. I’m now looking for a second job though because as much as I love having free time and am supposed to be a lady of leisure, life does not pay for itself.

It’s exciting!

Be Good or be good at it!

Rumbie xo

Food and Vistas with a Friend – Pt 2

When we first arrived in Tenerife, Nick and I quickly started making a note of places that we would like to try out. The list includes restaurants, specific food items, activities and places or things of interest. We are trying something new everyday but also want to save some experiences to share with our gifts. I mentioned in a previous post that my dear friend Fungi came to visit and we took advantage of her visit to try a few new things.

Having done the staple activities of going ‘out out’, and the beach, a good meal was in order and for this, we went to a restaurant that we had seen a few times and thought we would like to try.

We had driven past the Churrasqueria Rodeo a few times in the time that we’ve been here and wondered what the place was like so we went there for dinner.

Nick and His Wives....
Nick and His Wives….

 

We sat outside in the patio, on a warm Saturday evening and marvelled as different meats were paraded out and offered out to us. There were different cuts of beef, cooked in different ways… chicken, sea food, pork – all prepared in various ways and brought to you for consideration. An all you can eat where they bring the food to you. It was brilliant. The company was fantastic too. At some point, we got talking to the couple sitting behind us and it transpired that they thought that Nick was out dining with his TWO wives. We cleared this up with a very brief summary of who was who. Despite this, a couple at another table piped up saying they would happily join the family as wives number 3 and 4…

Everyone was lovely but I’m still waiting for a Facebook friend request to come through from one of them. We were joking, but, I just got a feeling…

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Fungi’s last day here was off to a cloudy start unfortunately. The first for a while. So we took the chance to drive up the volcano to go seek out some sun. There’s an update to the El Teide Page with a new Gallery.

It was a genuinely grim to start but we drove up the mountain and found ourselves driving up through the clouds. It was amazing. We literally found ourselves above the

View From Above
View from above

clouds. The weather above the clouds was perfect, as usual. We used a different route into the national park this time so we saw some red mountains which we hadn’t seen before.

The weekend was finished off with a stop at La Finca! Because apparently, it’s a thing for us! I’m so happ Fungi came to visit us. When we told her we were moving, she took a moment to process, then said, “Great – I’ll be there by the end of May.” And she was! I just love her confidence in herself and her determination to do whatever she sets herself to do. I even get to take part every so often! I had the best time with Fungi here and am looking forward to seeing her again soon.

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Fungi at Mt Teide

Rumbie xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Growing my Green Fingers – Jardinería

I’ve always threatened to actually have a go at growing something. Anything. I’ve killed every plant I’ve ever owned, but Tenerife is all about new beginnings. So I decided to start a little herb garden – because I can. A few weekends ago, we did

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the very adult thing of going to the Garden Centre on a Saturday morning. I picked out some really basic seeds, got some soil and trays. I also picked up some miniature gardening tools because I like to be extra sometimes.

 

 

 

At time of publishing, my little garden has been growing for 3 weeks! I think we’ve made good progress. It’s not as if I have to do much. I set up my soil, picked a spot that they get some direct sunlight in, I water them daily and on really good days, sing a little song as i do so 🙂

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3 days after planting my seeds 🙂

I have some basil, parsley, yellow pepper plants and chives growing. The basil is pretty much ready, and the parsley is a close second.

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After a week, my seedlings were thriving in the good weather!

I was a little bit worried about the peppers, but now that they have started growing, I’m sure there will be a bountiful harvest in the future (she said like she knows what she’s talking about…)

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Two weeks on and some of the plants resemble what they will look like when they are fully grown.

Now that I have this lot going, I’m thinking about expanding and growing some coriander and oregano. Big move – I know.

The only thing about this is I now have to think of things to make to use up my supplies.

Challenge accepted! And, truthfully, suggestions required!!! If you have any ideas for simple herbs and veg to grow on a window sill for a total novice, please let me know!

Be good or be good at it!

Rumbie xo