Motorbikes and beer – a perfect day in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

cofAs much as I love nature, hiking and the beach, I am starting to crave city life. So I when I read in the local paper that there is a beer festival in Santa Cruz, I convinced my mum it’s time for a girls day out. After all, how can two Germans ignore a beer festival. Impossible! And a little window shopping has never hurt anyone.

Tip: if your not fluent in the lingo simply check out the local expat papers. There is always something happening on the island, fiestas  and cultural events take place in many villages all around the year.

So off we went by bus which was less than an hour (so not much difference to getting from A-B in London).

Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital for Tenerife and more importantly joint capital with Las Palmas for the Canary Islands. Since I visited the first time nearly 12 years ago it’s exponentially grown to a city that can hold it’s own with other major cities in the world.

I personally like to stop by the African Market (El Mercado Nuestra Senora de Africa). It’s a food and  flower market and simply the best place to get a good treat. It’s less then 10 min walking distance from the coach station connecting you to ever part of the island.

From there simply head over to the city centre and explore the small historic alleys, escape the heat in one of the parks or venture up by tram (Line 1) to La Laguna.  Its historic centre is a World Heritage Site since 1999. La Laguna is also where you find the University of the Island and consequently a vibrant student community including bars and cafes.

But this time we were in pursuit of beer;  €3 entrance with the first beer is included, live music and food trucks, what’s not to like. admittedly du to Dorada sponsoring the festival there wasn’t much variety in beer flavours but we generously overlooked this.

When we arrived at ‘Plaza de la Alameda del Duque de Santa Elena’ (directly near the peer)  we found ourselved in the middle of a large motorcycle gathering. Motorbike clubs are popular on the island and you can often see groups of varying sizes cicrling the winding roads. However, this time it felt like everyone who owns a bike was there. It was an impressive spectacle and I swear some of the bikes were real monster machines. I swear you either need a step to get on it or be The Hulk to even hold this thing in an upright position.

One day I really need to get my motor cycle licences!

t turns out this was a rally for ‘Queremos un circuito de Velocidad en Tenerife’. Apparently for years people trying to get a propper racing track to support and grow the sport but more importantly to boost the motor industry on the island. If you speak Spanish check out their facebook group. I think it would be fab. It such a popular pastime here and would defiantly be boost for both locals and tourists.

All in all we had a lot of fun, got slightly tipsy and even managed to get some shopping under our belts.

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Hiking in Las Vegas Tenerife

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My mum

My time in Tenerife is almost over. I have spent over a month with my parents and I am so glad mum has found her confidence back to go hiking. Just over 2 years ago she was diagnosed with MPN (myeloproliferative neoplasms), which is the name for a group of rare disorders of the bone marrow. Basically, mum produces too much red blood cells and her blood becomes like gel. In some cases it can lead to leukaemia.

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Me: isibue

To being we were all scared and my active mum couldn’t even make her own bed. It took ages to get a diagnosis but now she is doing fine.

So after 2 years, we decided to build up her stamina and see if we can’t get back into hiking. We’ve started with a few smaller walks and last week we tried our luck with Las Vegas.

Las vegas is a small village in the South of Tenerife. There are a few trails from as little as 4km to 11km plus (i.e. Las Vegas, Risco del Muerto, Pino el Guirre, El Molino, Las Vegas). We thought we give a 7km a go but it went so well, we went a little further. Mum was so happy and I am very proud of her. Check out trail suggestions  

Sights on route

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Old water mill

The hiking trail in Las Vegas isn’t hard but I do think offers something for everyone. The route varies in difficulty from simple paths over to rocky grounds, up and down hill and simple country roads. It can get very hot but there is always a tree with shade nearby.  I simply love the views over the valleys and the traditional rock farm terraces you can see all overs the island. Along the way, you’ll find signs about historic landmarks such as the food preservation ovens or the old water mill. The area is home to many birds, including a pair of falcons which are beautiful to watch when they circle above you. We spotted them a few times as if they were following us.

 

Village of Las Vegas

IMG_3360Once we descended and made our way off the mountain and through an old river bed (aka cactus valley), you’ll come by the area popular with rock climbers before you finally reach the village of Las Vegas. It’s a very small and as typical for every village here has its own church. Newly renovated, the little white building is placed at the top of the village and offers a magnificent view over the South coast.  Just tucked beside the church walls is a little restaurant La Tasquita de Las Vegas. There are only a few tables inside but the big garden is where you want to be. We managed to stayed ages hard work as you can imagine but beer, wine and nibbles is a must after the hike 🙂

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Ermita Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza

The Polish adventure aka having no plan is the plan

It’s currently 2.30am and I am sitting at Victoria Coach station waiting for the bus to Heathrow. I am overly tired and kind of stresses – not the best start to this trip. 

Frankly, I had one of those weeks where in my head I had everything figured out nicely

  •  finish editing my Netherlands pictures
  • edit the video
  • create a stop motion animation as an intro for my new YouTube channel

Easy is what my naive brain insistst and against better judgement, I fool myself into the believe that come Friday surely I’ll have time to relax maybe even get a few hours sleep before setting off for the airport.

Every sane person would have screamed madness but then sanity is overrated.

Harsh truth is, I was overly ambitious and didn’t get to finish any of it. Instead, I have been editing 8hrs on Friday and in between sort of throwing something (God knows what) into a bagpack every time the clip rendered.  I’m the end I had 6 min to spare before I literal run for the bus.

So I am very sorry but the Netherlands stuff will go live after I get back from Poland. 

What’s happening in Poland, you may ask. NO IDEA! THIS entire trip is without a plan. My camino buddy Lisa asked whether I want to come along to Poland and see Warsaw,  Krakow and from there where ever the wind blows.

So I guess my mission here is to be the travel companion. If I had to set a mission then I should use this trip to improve my street photography skills and try to overcome the awkwardness of taking pictures of strangers.

I deliberately don’t want to make this more because I have a whole ‘Who do you think you are’  trip planned, which hopefully shines some light on my mystery blood. I know Poland will be a big part of this special trip but more on this another time. OK just this,  I ordered an Ancestry DNA test kit and I am excited like a kid waiting for Santa. 

Back to the trip at hand. Lisa and I have literally no money, so we will try to keep it as cheap as possible. Couch surfing and shout outs on travel forums on FB and if all fails hostels. I only have a flight with no return. Maybe I bus it back to London…  28hrs… Maybe not.


So this is the Poland mission. DON’T FORGET to follow me. 

Signing off,  take care and have a fab weekend

Isibue 

Check out how the trip went in the end or watch the video on YouTube