Category Archives: Day to Day

Desiderata

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.

Be yourself.

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.

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

‘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

Trabajando (Working) en Tenerife

Work is probably the biggest factor in determining where we will be living in 12 months time. My family and Nick’s subscribed to the “go to school then get a ‘good’ job” method of life, so that is what both of us have generally aspired to – it is a fact of life. I am hoping that being in Tenerife means we work to live, rather than the other way round.

I was worried about what jobs would be available in Tenerife for ME. This worry was fuelled by the “truth-speakers” of Facebook groups that have made it their duty to strike fear in anyone who has a question about anything. (This will have to be covered a separate post. It makes me so angry sometimes!!)

The competition is intense and the language barrier is real. I’m learning, and it’s going well…. un poco, un poco. Trying to find a good job in a foreign country can be difficult. You never know what local practices are, but also, with many other nationalities settling here, only speaking English WILL be a disadvantage.

I had my first interview for a ‘real’ job the second week I was here. It was for a well known company here as part of their sales team. I don’t know how committed I was to that cause as I was just so pleased to be facing a genuine prospect. They hired internally and  I’m pleased for it. I needed the time off  to enjoy this move and perhaps wasn’t sure what I was signing up for.

I’ve since had a few others and they have been interesting. I have read a few posts online warning me to be weary of employment prospects in Tenerife. There are allegedly some unscrupulous sorts here (like most places?…) so you need to be aware of things like what your hours will be, and make sure that the same number is reflected on your contract, for  example.

Using a combination of Spanish and English job sites, I’ve found myself a temporary part-time job and have a couple more interviews coming up. The part time role will do nicely for now which will do nicely to keep me busy for a few hours on most days. Fortunately, even with the very little planning I did, I have a bit of time to find my feet and here before I have to find a work.

As much as I would love to spend all my time exploring Tenerife, real life has expenses.

Be good or be good at it folks

Rumbie xo

Groceries – ir de compras

Most things are new to me here in Tenerife. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to a few places, but I haven’t seen much of Europe, and I haven’t shopped in many countries either. All this with the added ‘allure’ of a different language means recognising food brands has been something of an adventure.

As far as supermarket chains in the UK go, I had no real loyalty to any of them. I was a member of pretty much every loyalty scheme going, but convenience, need and the occasional deal (probably in that order) were the main drives in where we shopped. Tenerife can be different for us.

I have to say that the cost of living has been difficult to gauge so far and I think that there are several contributing factors to this. The fluctuation of the value of the British Pound has meant that on some days, the exchange rate to the Euro has been  down to £1: €1.05. On days like that, any card transactions looked comparable to the UK. The euphoria of just having arrived, and still feeling a little bit like we’re on holiday has also meant some unnecessary spending. It’s also difficult and seems unfair to compare a week’s worth of shopping from UK- mid-winter (including ingredients for stews and bakes – good, warming, comfort food), to a week’s supply of lollies, aftersun lotion and vests.

Our first shopping trip in the south was about familiarity. We went to a Lidl. They are the same everywhere. Pleasant enough, plenty of products, many that look like brands you know, but that’s not what Lidl’s about! They also have the “Once it’s gone, it’s gone” clothes and items. I thought it was a bit expensive for what we went in there for. Nothing that will break the bank, but it felt like I was shopping in a UK shop. I don’t think I’ll be going back there often,

We have a mini – Hyper Dino in our town (village? I don’t know… I’ll find out what where I live is.) which we have been into several times. It’s a holiday maker’s trap as all the smaller shops tend to be. The shops are in the most convenient of places (it’s our local milk run if necessary). The bigger hyper-dinos are pleasant enough to walk around. We have been in several now, all along the south, including the one at Siam Mall and the large one just before the exit for Adeje (from the TF-1). I would happily shop there.

Orange juice maker at a local super market
Most of the larger supermarkets have fresh orange juice machines. This makes too much sense to me.

Mercadona supermarkets appear to be the most popular as it seems to be a little busy every time we have been. The range of goods on offer is good, including some that I recognise, and enough that look familiar enough to try. We have one fairly close to us and I currently consider it my favourite super market. The fish counter in our branch has so many different types of fresh sea food that I could lose a few hours just looking and watching.

Tu Trebol was our last discovery. We have a large one near us and, as it looks like a warehouse, we just drove past it without giving it too much thought. Curiosity got the better of us, however, and we ended up going in to explore and see what the place was about. Our local branch is fairly large so they have furniture there, as well as the usual stock. It seems comparable to the Dino prices.

I’m looking forward to the next few weeks when I feel less restless and so more willing to think of interesting food to make. Hopefully, I can make things that are worth adding to the I Enjoy Trying pages and get that going! I’m off to gather tools to grow ingredients!

Do you have any tips for grocery shopping in Tenerife for me? Anywhere you avoid? Let me know in the comments!

Be good or be good at it!

Rumbie