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Days out with Ru

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.

Haste Luego

Be good or be good at it

Rumbie xo

Mi hermano nos visita

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.

Lunch with Ru and Nick

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!
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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food and Vistas with a Friend – pt 1

We’ve been living in Tenerife for almost two months now so it’s great that we have the joy of welcoming another house guest! A really good friend of mine from high school promised to come and visit us in Tenerife when we told her the news, and like the trooper she is, she’s followed through. This is a whistle-stop weekend visit with her flight arriving at 20 past midnight, early Saturday, and the outbound flight leaving Sunday at 7pm.

Straight from the airport, we went into Las Americas for some drinks. This was our first night going “out out” in Tenerife. All I was after was a good location and good cocktails. The first stop was Restaurante La Terrazza del Mare where we had a couple of drinks each. I expected Las Americas to be more expensive than the other places we’ve been to as we were out in tourist central. I was not disappointed!

We moved on to Papagayo Beach Club which was recommended as a good nightclub for music and dancing. That’s not quite what we wanted, but we wanted to be around people who were also out out. We had a great time there – plenty to drink, lots of seating and the dancefloor looked amazing. The music was really good and we made an obligatory drunken friend and headed back home.

We wondered into the village and decided to try one of the local cafes for breakfast (and

The Lethal Caprioska
The Lethal Caprioska

holiday cocktails). We were not disappointed – the big breakfast and omelettes were just what we needed. The cocktails – !!! The cocktails were potent. We ordered a Caprioska and a Tequila sunrise. We had to ask for a can of lemonade to make the drinks weaker! AND they are the cheapest cocktails I’ve had here. I don’t understand how alcoholism isn’t a bigger problem.

Tequila Sunset
Tequila sunset – because it will put you to sleep

After our very boozey breakfast, we went to the beach to soak up some sun and swim in the sea. It was another perfect day for it. We had highs of 27°C and the water was beautiful and clear. We had a lovely day out, chatting and drinking at the beach, and catching up, and making new memories!

 

 

 

The Beach
The Beach

 

Be good or be good at it!

Rumbie xo