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Falling in love with Santa Cruz

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.

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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.

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Las Terasitas on a calm evening

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!

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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.

IMG_20170605_170935I 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

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