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Monday, June 22, 2015

The Bizarre Bathing of the Goats in Puerto de la Cruz

From first light goats are driven from the Orotava Valley into the centre of Puerto de la Cruz old town (getting stuck in a goat traffic jam is somehow more bearable than the usual kind) and shown their spot on the harbour’s cobbled beach. Unlike sheep, the goats stick to their spot throughout making it relatively easy work for the dogs keeping a watchful eye over them whilst their compadres are dragged (kicking and bleating) one by one to be dunked in the calm harbour waters (blue at the start of the day, a sort of muddy brown after the goat bathing is over).

The Bizarre Bathing of the Goats in Puerto de la Cruz

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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