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Monday, November 16, 2015

Tenerife’s Migrants

Many European retirees choose to escape the dark winter of their homeland in favour of the balmy temperatures of the Canary Islands, but don’t want to become full-time residents. We residents fondly refer to them as ‘swallows’ or ‘snowbirds’, but they aren’t the only species touching down on Tenerife’s shores as winter enfolds northern Europe. Birds, whales, sportsmen in training, people convalescing from illness, and more, all arrive with autumn temperatures, some pass on, some linger until warmer times arrive.

Tenerife’s Migrants
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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