🎉🎈🥂 Happy 30th Birthday to this beauty who just happens to be a shining star in my life. Thank you for letting me be me, and for always being yourself. Looking forward to our next photoshoot by some vegetation, because apparently, that's my thing 😂 Hope you're having a lovely day #bestie #dirty30 #pasipemuti #always 🥂🎈🎉 @kud_zai_
One of the best things about Tenerife is the fact that there is ALWAYS something to do. You can choose to pay for an activity or find something great to do that’s free of charge depending on your tastes, of course. I’m pretty sure that there is something new to try for most people as well. Apart from the experiences which are unique to Tenerife, based on the areas I’ve driven through, you could probably eat somewhere different for every meal for the best part of a year without doubling back (disclaimer for the fact checkers: that is a truly hyperbolic guestimate, but I’m probably right.)
As agreed, we are using our guests as an excuse to try new things on the island and mi hermano Ru is no exception. Having just been to Aqualand in Faro, Ru was excited to go to another water park. We of course have the water park that is rated number one in the world on Trip Advisor here in Tenerife. A day trip to Siam Park was in order! We decided to try going in on a Friday morning. I was interested to see how much busier it would be compared to our first visit a few weeks ago and I’m sorry to confirm that there was definitely a difference. Summer is on the way and there are definitely more holiday makers on the island. As a result, we actually had to queue for the slides!
I don’t think we waited more than 10 minutes for any one ride, however, the wait was becoming longer as the day progressed and more people came into the park. Ru went and did the Tower of Power and was appropriately impressed by it. The Mekong Rapids is one of the group rides that we did in the morning before heading to the Wave Pool. Once there, we decided to call it a day for Siam Park as the queues put us off. Luckily, as Ru’s visit was for a couple of weeks, we knew we would get the opportunity to come back so took advantage of their cheap return tickets in anticipation.
Despite learning the value of a ticket with the queue jump, I still rate Siam Park and look forward to my next visit.
The Spanish is coming along despacio – un poco, un poco.
Be good or be good at it
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.
My brother has come to visit us for a few weeks in Tenerife for his ‘Summer break’ from pursuing his goals. He’s much younger than I am so I have always felt very protective of him. The last time I saw him was a month before we moved to Tenerife. It’s strange when you have a sibling who grows up away from you because we both grow and become different people when we are apart. It makes the reunions that much more interesting.
I always look forward to seeing Ru because we inevitably catch up about life and family. It’s funny because these conversations always show how much has happened to either one of us as we projecct our recent experiences on everything. The thing about siblings is that they are the only people who understand what it’s like to grow up in your family. They are cut from the same cloth.
Ru’s visit is his first to Spain and to Tenerife. That means all the key tourist stops and a couple of brand new activities coming up in the next few weeks. Along with the joys and frustrations of living with a teenage boy for a few weeks. The dormant mother in me is fully awake when he comes round but I have to let him be himself now.
So a little bit of leisure and adventure with my brother to look forward to. The second wave of house guests has official begun!
Be good or be good at it!
I’ve been having a great time with the job in Santa Cruz! I’ve met a fantastic mix of people including a few I hope will become friends away from work, I’ve learnt the best things to do in Madrid from locals visiting Tenerife, my music playlist for Spanish artists has grown which comes with it’s own problems, and but a pleasant unexpected benefit was seeing more of Santa Cruz and learning about Tenerife.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital city of the island. It’s in the North-East of the island and takes about 45 minutes to get to from ‘The South’ (Los Cristianos and Las Americas), this while covering 76km of gorgeous views along the TF-1. This was by no means my first time as I’ve been to Santa Cruz before, but it has been such a delight to spend time in the same places and getting to know little pockets of the city.
One of my favourite places to go, though it has gotten quite windy on some occasions, is Playa de Las Terasitas. It is a long beach with golden sands. I’ve mentioned before that Tenerife has rich dark soil and the beach is generally no different, however, sand was imported from the Sahara desert in the 1970s to make the beaches look as they do.
15 minutes away from this beautiful beach will have you back in the tall buildings of Santa Cruz, but there is still so much to see!
I marvelled on my first visit at the vegetation in Santa Cruz. The fact that it rains quite regularly there helps but in the last two weeks, I haven’t caught any rain. It feels completely different to the south because of the tall trees and lush vegetation that you encounter just walking through town centre. There are several parks dotted around the place as well so you’re never far from a green space. I have been told repeatedly that the rain mean that Santa Cruz is typically a couple of degrees cooler than The South as a general rule of thumb. I say be ready for anything.
I happen to know exactly where the football stadium is as well. I’ve heard that Tenerife have a good team that could feature in La Liga.. I’m not much of a football fan but I know enough to know that would be quite exciting for everyone.
Speaking English at work has somewhat stifled the attempts to learn Spanish but the app lives on! Aprendo un poco. It may be a little while now before I come back to Santa Cruz. As life continues, a part-time job is not practical for my needs here so I’m off to do a full time job. Santa Cruz is only an hour away at most so there will certainly be trips in. I’ll be sure to plan the day so we can go past all the places I know and point out Guanches influence in the city.
For now, our next house guest has arrived. Our first family member is coming to stay and I’m excited!
Be good or be good at it
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.
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.
Be Good or be good at it!