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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Teno Alto Wooden Chariot Race



Apparently, this goes on all over the island and there's even a Campeonato Isla de Tenerife de Bajada de Carros de Madera (Island of Tenerife Wooden Charriot Championship), of which the edition in 2012 was the XXXI (31st, by my count). That year, it had taken place in Teno Alto (a tiny hamlet in the municipality of Buenavista del Norte) in early September, so look out for it again around now. Or just watch from the safely of your own armchair.

Bajada being the opposite of subida, which in rally parlance translates to hillclimb, so this is a hilldrop, more or less - the cars apparently being merely gravity and willpower driven. This has surely got to hurt one day. Have you seen that drop at the sides of the road?

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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