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Sunday, April 05, 2015

The Queens of Tenerife

We often talk about how the Canary Islands feel as if they still belong to a different era, somewhere around the 1960s before the micro chip and social values revolutionised lifestyles in the UK. One example of what that retro lifestyle looks like is the emphasis the islands still place on old fashioned glamour. The Miss World competition may have fallen from grace in the UK in the 1970s and 1980s but that’s not the case in much of the rest of the world, and here in Tenerife, the beauty contest is alive and well.

The Queens of Tenerife

Unlike so many journalists writing about the resorts, Pamela has not only actually been to Tenerife, she lived on the island for 16 years, for the majority of that time in a rural valley immersed in the local culture in a way that few outsiders have been privileged to do and gaining a wealth of knowledge about the island, its people, their customs, fiestas and celebrations that she is now able to share via this site. Fluent in Spanish, she also translated and reported for the various English-language newspapers.

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