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Tenerife – Day 4

We visited Los Cristianos, today, strolled by the beach, and looked around in various different shops, mainly trying to find a football t-shirt to buy, for myself, as is customary whenever I go abroad. This time, since I was in Tenerife, I wanted a Club Deportivo Tenerife shirt.

The search was unsuccessful, though, as nobody seemed to have a football shirt of their own island’s team, in Los Cristianos. Can you believe that?! Having football kits of other more popular Spanish teams like Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona, but not of Tenerife! Until this one guy tells us about a shop in the town of San Eugenio who’s likely to have some. Long story short, we get there, and I managed to get the t-shirt I wanted!

Not only that, but, whilst there, I also got my hands on what’s been the latest craze these past few months – a nice, black, classy fidget spinner.

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For lunch, we went to this really nice and unique restaurant called El Cordero (which means “The Lamb”). It is because of this huge topiary, located just outside the establishment, that the restaurant got its name:

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El Cordero topiary

This place looks super cool inside! The whole area used to be a banana plantation, however, the owners changed the trees, kept the sandy floor and the plantation structure, then converted it into a restaurant.

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Inside of El Cordero

Another funny and unique thing about this place is that, after you’ve paid, before leaving, you can take some bananas (free of charge!) from a basket by the till. These bananas are from the owners’ personal banana plantation right behind the restaurant.

 

Later on, this being our last evening here in the Canary Islands, my uncle and I went to watch my other uncle play live at the Plaza del Duque. Things got a bit emotional towards the end, as he dedicated his last song of the evening – “You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker – to us.

– Preston Carbonaro

Tenerife – Day 3

Today, we basically spent the whole day travelling around the island in the car, whilst making a few short stops along the way. It was the ultimate road trip!

We first stopped at the city of Candelaria, and went into some of the shops for a look around. The most prominent building in this municipality is the Basilica of Our Lady of Candelaria, as well as the statues of the nine aboriginal kings – the Guanches – of Tenerife.

Note: The pictures of the Basilica, and the Guanches statues, were taken from their respective Wikipedia page.

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Basílica Nuestra Señora de Candelaria (Basilica of Our Lady of Candelaria)
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Statues of the nine Guanches

 

Next, we passed through the island’s capital city, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where we caught a glimpse of the Auditorio de Tenerife (which, to me, looked very similar to the Sydney Opera House, though on a smaller scale), and the Monument to the Fallen Angel.

Note: The pictures of the Auditorio, and the Fallen Angel monument, were taken from Wikipedia and Google Images, respectively.

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Auditorio de Tenerife
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Monument to the Fallen Angel

 

From there, we visited the highest, steepest, and largest municipality of the island of Tenerife; La Orotava. Needless to say, we stopped for a few minutes at one of the vantage points, to just take in the wonderful scenery, and take pictures.

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La Orotava

 

After, we made our way through Aguamansa, and continued along the TF-21 which led us all the way up to Teide National Park once again. This part of the TF-21 road, however, having much more greenery, ascending slowly until you’re well above cloud level. The view makes it seem as if you are standing on some fantasy land, floating in mid-air with the clouds below. It is simply breathtaking.

Note: This picture, too, was taken from Google Images.

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Following an ear-popping one hour descent back down south, we returned home.

 

Later in the evening we went to a nearby restaurant called La Torre, where we had a pizza, accompanied by a glass of wine.

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– Preston Carbonaro

Words of the Day

  • besmirch” (verb) – To damage (someone’s reputation); tarnish

Example: He had besmirched the good name of his family.

  • bona fide” (adjective) – Genuine; real

Example: She was a bona fide expert.

 

– Preston Carbonaro

Tenerife – Day 2

This morning we went to The Club House, in Pal Mar, for breakfast, then set off on our sightseeing adventure for the day.

We planned to go to only one place, today. However, since it was over an hour’s drive to get there, we made a stop along the way.

That stop was the quaint, little village of Vilaflor, which is part of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife province. With an altitude of 1,400 metres, it is the highest village of Tenerife. What struck me most about this place was its peacefulness, its narrow, flower-lined streets, and the architecture of the buildings.

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Iglesia de San Pedro
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A house in Vilaflor

After stopping for a cold drink in one of the cafeterias, there, we then resumed our journey north.

 

Approximately half an hour later, we reached our intended destination.

The island’s landmark.

Mount Teide.

Here it is, in all it’s glory.

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Mount Teide

Named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2007, it measures an astounding 7,500 metres from the ocean floor, making it the highest volcano in the world, base-to-peak, outside the Hawaiian Islands. It is considered an active volcano, despite its most recent eruption occurring in 1909. Also, Teide’s 3,718-metre summit is the highest point in Spain, and the highest point above sea level in the islands of the Atlantic.

Other impressive landmarks in the Teide National Park area were…

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Los Roques de García

And…

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Teide lava valley

 

To finish the day off, on our way back from Teide National Park, we stopped at a traditional English style pub called The Treehouse, where I had some delicious fish and chips.

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The Treehouse Bar & Grill
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Fish and chips

 

After that, we went for a quick drive around the town of Los Cristianos, before calling it a day and returning back to our place.

– Preston Carbonaro

 

 

 

Tenerife – Day 1

The day starts off by waking up to this beautiful view, just across my room, in the veranda.

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The green area is only a small part of the really big golf course which practically surrounds the whole town.

We first went to a little nearby restaurant called Nutters, located in Calle San Blas, for a traditional English breakfast.

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From there, we started our travels to various different places…

Our first destination was the magnificent resort town of Los Gigantes, in Santiago de Teide. The name in itself is pretty self-explanatory – Los Gigantes translates to “The Giants”. And my oh my are they gigantic! These humongous rock formations, called the Acantilados de Los Gigantes (“Cliffs of the Giants”), rise from sea to a whopping height of 500-800 metres!

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Acantilados de Los Gigantes

We then proceeded to visit yet another captivating location. Masca. A small mountain village, home to approximately 90 inhabitants. The village lies at the head of the Masca Gorge, and is surrounded by huge valleys, and plenty of palm trees. A fun fact; one can hike the trail leading from the village to the beach on the Atlantic Ocean. This takes about 3 hours!

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Masca
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Masca

The last place on our list, for today, was Playa de las Americas. A holiday resort laden with restaurants, nightclubs, bars, and beaches. Many compare it to the typical nightlife scene in the U.S. (hence its name), especially with its beautifully lit up buildings in the evening.

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Playa de las Americas

– Preston Carbonaro

Just a small reminder…

Hello, dear readers!

I am writing to remind you that I’m off to Tenerife, tomorrow.

As I had said, I will be blogging about my experiences and adventures during my stay, so be sure to keep an eye out for new blog posts!

Also, for those interested, I’ve set up an EyeEm account (https://www.eyeem.com/u/prestoncarbonaro), which is where I’ll be uploading the pictures I take whilst on vacation. I’ve already uploaded a bunch of photos, most of which I’d taken when I went to Canada, last year. So, feel free to take a gander 😁

And with that, my friends, I bid you farewell for today.

Or, as the Spanish say: Hasta luego, amigos! 😀 😎

– Preston Carbonaro

Words of the Day

Ladies and gents, today’s two words of the day are:

  • abscond” (verb) – To leave quickly and hide to avoid punishment.

Example: Since the boys could not pay for their meals, they decided to abscond before the waitress returned with their bill.

  • expunge” (verb) – To obliterate or remove (something unwanted or unpleasant) completely.

Example: A chip was put inside the spy’s brain to expunge his memory so he would never recall any of his missions.

 

– Preston Carbonaro

Google Chrome T-Rex Runner

Did you ever get an error like this while using Google Chrome?

Chrome Error Unable to access to the Internet

 

Have no idea what to do until you’re re-connected?

Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret…

Whenever you’re in this situation, just go ahead and press the spacebar on your keyboard, and you’ll trigger this super addictive game to while away the time!

You control the dino’s movements, making sure not to hit any of the oncoming obstacles along the way. Jump or duck down to avoid those pesky pterodactyls, and hop over the cussed cacti. Run into any one of these, however, and it’s game over. The further you progress in the desolate desert landscape, the higher your score.

The controls are really easy, too! Just two keys. Press the ‘up’ arrow on your keyboard to jump, and the ‘down’ arrow to duck.

Yup. That’s all there is to it!

Next time you’re without an Internet connection, give this fun game a go. I guarantee you’ll be hooked in seconds!

– Preston Carbonaro

 

Words of the Day

Welcome to the new segment on my blog called “Words of the Day”!

From now on, throughout the week, I will be posting two words along with their definition. These will be picked at random from my personal dictionary made of up words which I’ve come across whilst reading. Also, to help you better understand the meaning of each one, I will be putting the word in a sentence.

The purpose of this, you ask?

Simple.

To help you guys further expand your vocabulary range.

Here are the first two words:

  • snaffle” (verb) – To take (something) for oneself, typically quickly or without permission

Example: I snaffled a biscuit from the jar whilst mum wasn’t looking.

  • retinue” (noun) – A group of advisers, assistants, or others accompanying an important person

Example: The rock star’s retinue of security guards.

 

– Preston Carbonaro

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