Sunday, February 06, 2011

Tenerife News & Events (weekly)

  • "Down here on the coast we’d had high winds and heavy rain, but up there, at over 12,000 ft, the precipitation fell frozen and glistening white."

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  • "We arrived at the steep climb to the village of San Antonio in persistent drizzle. Last year the roads here were jam packed with parked cars but this year cars were conspicuous by their absence.
    For a moment we wondered if it had been a wasted trip, but there were two clues that the event was going ahead: firstly the road was cordoned off and secondly a trail of scattered goats’ droppings carpeted the tarmac."

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  • "Everybody knows Tenerife, course they do – sun, sand, Brit bars aplenty and feels about as abroad as Skegness.

    Oh yeah? Well anyone who really believes that clearly knows jack about Tenerife. A visit to one of the biggest fiestas in January, the Fiesta de San Abad in San Antonio in the La Matanza hills, might make them reconsider their views."

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  • "The political turmoil in Egypt and Tunisia has European tour operators scrambling to divert package tours to more stable destinations, and several thousand tourists have already been re-routed to beaches in Spain, particularly Tenerife and the Canary Islands a Spanish tourism industry official told CNN."

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  • "Football is a passion that is felt throughout Tenerife, go into any bar or cafe and you will see a CD Tenerife scarf, photo, mirror or clock on the wall. Sometimes it ebbs and flows with the changing form of the blanquiazul (white and blue) but even now with the team fighting against a second successive relegation home games in Santa Cruz are holding steady around the 16,000 mark."

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  • "It’s curious how fads and fashions change. The majority of modern day visitors to Tenerife head for the sunkissed shores of the south, but it hasn’t always been so.
    For most of the five centuries since the Island’s conquest by Alonso Fernández De Lugo in 1496, visiting writers, artists, poets, adventurers and scientists headed north, attracted by the prospect of exploring the island’s tropical northern slopes and valleys. One of the most flamboyant and interesting of these was Sir Richard Francis Burton."

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  • "Do you need to be able speak some Spanish when visiting Tenerife? Not if you’re staying in a resort you don’t. Outside of the resorts is a very different story but that's another blog in itself.
    The real question is should you attempt to speak Spanish when visiting Tenerife? My view is that the answer to that should be a resounding YES."

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  • "Ever since I watched Connery despatch villain after villain under the crystal Bahamian waters I’ve yearned to slip into a bit of tight rubber and enter a world that seemed alien, breathtakingly beautiful and dangerously exciting."

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  • "We’ve been lucky enough through a mixture of work and pleasure to have visited two of our neighbouring islands in the past two weeks and the contrast in the landscapes and our locations couldn’t have been more marked."

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  • "Tenerife Magazine’s round up of some of the most interesting news stories of the week"

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  • "Under the current voting legislation, Britons who live overseas automatically lose their right to take part in general elections if they have lived abroad for more than 15 years. "

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  • "Anyone who picked last week to holiday on Tenerife really struck out on the luck stakes, it was one possibly the most miserable week that Tenerife has experienced for a long time. The sun may have come out a couple of times but most of the week it was cloudy, rainy and windy and temperatures on the coast even dropped to a cool 17C at times. "

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  • "In a storming finish CD Tenerife grabbed an injury time 3-3 home draw with Girona to lift them off the bottom of the Segunda Division on goal difference"

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  • "I lived for too many years in the cultural desert that is “expat” life not to appreciate with all my heart that which I have now, and this week was rich.

    First, a wee bit of background, because I post in this blog at the end of what has been an amazing couple of months’ event in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, sponsered by local bank, Caja Canarias. It has comprised photo exhibits, plays, debates, concerts, movies and documentaries on the theme of Africa, particularly West Africa, (amongst other things, whose climate we share here in the Canary Islands) and immigration from Africa to Europe. "

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  • "What do you do in Tenerife when it rains? For me it meant a day up in Santa Cruz chasing my arts, I seem to be almost living there this week with 3 home games on the football but on those trips there isn’t much time for exploring anything more than the bar. A bright start in Los Cristianos enticed me to travel without a coat and half way up the motorway the rain was lashing against the Titsa bus, oh well I had indoor destinations so would dodge the spots. First stop was the Robert Capa retrospective at Caja Canarias HQ in Plaza del Patriotismo."

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Fluent in Spanish and having spent 16 years on the island, Pamela Stocks has now been translating, researching and publishing information on customs and events in Tenerife for 25+ years. This takes a considerable amount of time and effort, for which she receives no payment whatsoever. If you find this work useful or interesting, please buy her a coffee. Buy Pamela Stocks a Coffee

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