Agatha Christi once wrote in a novel set and written in Puerto de la Cruz Tenerife Canary Islands Spain
“Mr.Satterthwaite passed on down the cypress walk to the sea. It was rather wonderful sitting there--on the edge of nothing--with that sheer drop below one. But he found no inspiration there, and turning slowly he walked back along the path between the cypresses and into the quiet garden.”
I, however on that very same cliff WAS inspired. Most of our trips or so it seems, are learning events. We learn how to get through an airport, get a rental car, order food in a foreign language, how to find the birds and what unfamiliar calls are, or drive on the left. We just spent 9 days in Tenerife on the Canary Islands and a day in Iceland after going for a week to Wisconsin and Minnesota for Christmas. I have made some additions to "Olaf's Rules."
1) Never check in luggage.
This is an old rule, but recently we have forgotten. Icelandair bullied us to check a suitcase in Minneapolis and we did not have to, and we checked one going home that we definitely did not have to, and it is still out there ...somewhere, carrying my tripod, two monopod walking sticks, a bathrobe, a pair of Crocs, a field guide, and an 800 camera part I just got in from losing it in Bhutan.
2) Christmas trips are two long
being gone 17 days over the holidays is too much, thing need to be fixed in the future.
3) Why are we going to a place that is typically cooler than Florida when we have a house in
Florida plus and RV spot? The Canaries are nice but from Tampa we can be to Puerto Rico or Panama in 3 hours by plane, and almost any Carribbean Island in four. Tenerife was 6 hours from Minneapolis plus another 6 to Tenerife. The flight home was 6 plus 8 to Orlando with an overnight in Keflavik near a volcano that is ready to blow again, and possibly a closed airport.
4) Do not eat squid ink, it is a little salty going in, but what comes out a day or two later is a little much
So with that introduction, we went to Tenerife, just off the African coast of Spanish Sahara, we met up with our son Allwin, his girlfriend and her parents. We've known then for many years, Allwin is a research Chemist at the Max Planck Institute in Germany. It is much easier to get to Tenerife for him. a Four hour flight
The most common critter in this massive desert is the Gallot's lizard
We also saw endemic butterflies like the
We had an eight course meal at new years (see previous blogs) and hiked and saw a few sights including Agatha Christi's famous steps
|red rock crab
It was really a nice vanilla trip and then...we started for home. We got notified of a strike so we headed to the airport extra early but there was nothing looking like a strike, just long lines at the food court and a crowded airport. We had a long wait.
I picked up a nice redwing, have not seen one for a few years and after a hot dog we went through security. Everything was going fine and then, it did not....I broke a zipper on my favorite jacket that morning, I have had the jacket for at least 25 years. I love that jacket. decided to throw it away before security.
|Son Tyko with meatballs