All is well here in the Canary Islands...better then well actually. I just love it when it's 25 degrees in the winter time and you can go to the beach everyday!
The weather here is just great and the bel ragazzo and I have been very busy...We took a guided tour of the island (for work purposes you see...he needs to check what we sell the customers and I - well I have to give an impartial point of view :)
we have been snorkelling (well I splashed around in the water for a while until I can say I truthfully started snorkelling. Bel ragazzo being the adventure water lover that he is went scuba diving...We were in the somewhat rough open sea and I was so scared I was holding onto the snorkelling guides hand for dear life! I did let him go after a while however once I caught my breathe and realised I was not going to get hit by a massive wave out there. )
We have been walking in the sand dunes (nice and safe that...until you see the size of the dunes. They are soooo steep some of them. I did make it up the high one but had to crawl a bit as I was scared of falling. I know it was only sand and I could not hurt myself but I was scared all the same!)
and as mentioned above visiting the many unspoilt beaches and...well that's about all I have been doing!
Sorry for those who are hard at work or freezing cold as they read this, but I will be back to the 'real life' a.k.a working life soon as I return to Italy and Rome next Friday to begin work (only in Rome for one week before going to Sorrento.)
Here are some pictures of the island and you can see just how dramatic the landscape is. The Canary Islands are volcanic and only here thanks to some eruptions years and years and some more years ago. One minute you are in the desert - sand dunes and all - you can even take camel treks. After the sand dunes comes the barren out-back; red, dry, cracked earth, flat plains and not many signs of civilisation. You then have goat farms which are still dry but bring you into the mountainous terrain and along the way there are many quaint mountain and seaside towns.
The island is so laid back and I can see why there is such an massive ex-pat community. Most of the Italians who have moved here come from Milan and got sick of the hustle and bustle not to mention pollution of daily life. Here the sun shines pretty much every day of the year, the island from top to bottom is about a 2 hour drive and the if you feel stressed all it takes is one look at the beach to feel totally rejuvinated.
We are in the north of the island in the resort called Corralejo. The sand dunes are only a short drive away.