Islandmomma

Exploring the Stories of the Islands and the Freedoms of Third Age

About

 Mid January 2014, and I’m re-writing this “About” page, because the previous one, which I wrote four years ago, is dated. Oh, the details of my past are the same, but I am on a new stage of life’s journey, and so, perhaps, for anyone stumbling across my ramblings for the first time, an explanation is in order.

My name is Linda. My 67th birthday was just three weeks back. I don’t remember a moment when I didn’t dream about traveling. Put it down to the stacks of National Geographic in my junior school; the fact that television entered my life at an impressionable age; or that I grew up in a post-WW2 countryside where I was allowed to run a little wild, not as much as I would have liked, but enough to establish a curiosity about what was round the corner, and have no fear about going to find out.

Long before high school I was dreaming about being a writer, preferably a photo journalist. Didn’t happen, so let me skip the boring years and fast forward to 1981, when I became a mother for the first time, then to 1983 when I became a mother again; and then to 1987 when I emigrated to Tenerife in the Canary Islands. Life picked up after each of those events – a lot. Maybe it was the change in energy which motherhood brought. That was, and remains, the best adventure of all. I have, for the record, the best sons in the world.

Austin and Guy Santa Cruz

Oh, there were still peaks and troughs – that’s life, but living abroad was a darn sight more interesting and educational than the alternative would have been, and, it was travel. It was experiencing new culture, foods, language. It was stimulating, inspiring, adventurous and educational. Of course, it fed my dreams and desires, and, as my boys reached their late teens I began to plan to travel long-term once my nest was empty.

Things happened which got in the way of my departure. Some were good reasons to stay in Tenerife for a while, reasons which brought fulfillment, and a wider understanding of the world. Others were stumbling blocks Fate sent to taunt me. That which doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger – right? When I set up this blog in 2008, as a part of my plans, I had no idea it would take another five years before I was able to push off. The blog became, then, an ex-pat blog, and it’s been fun. I thought of setting up an entirely new blog to mark this new beginning, then realized that it’s all been a part of the journey.

Rapelling with Austin

Hiking Teide with Guy

In the late spring of 2013 my life reached a plateau, and I can’t say that the view was all that bad from there. In fact, it was delightful. I was enjoying my life a lot, but nagged by the question of whether I wanted to spend the rest of my life in that, particular, pleasant rut.  Since the turn of the century I’d had a couple of, what I now think of, as false starts, attempts to make travel a way of life.

There are reasons for not traveling, and there are excuses. The reasons had ceased to be, so I looked at the excuses. There were two – lack of money and a faithful, old dog.

It was obvious that the bulk of my travels have to include Trixy, simple as that. In addition, the only way to travel cheaply and with a dog, is slow travel. In other words to take long-term rentals as opposed to short-term or hostels. This is not a problem because I much prefer slow travel, getting under the skin of a place. Although, there will be excursions on which Trix won’t be able to accompany me, and there will be times on the mainland of the continents, mainly we will be exploring islands, beginning with Macronesia, and specifically, at the time of writing,  the rest of the Canary Islands.

Having spent ten years gradually shedding surplus possessions, I finally sold off or gave away the remaining bits, put the essentials (my books and souvenirs from my “kids”) into storage, and after a month exploring France, Ireland and London, I packed Trixy, my camera, my electronics, books (I have learned that I cannot live without books), and clothes into my old van, and took the ferry for La Gomera.

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After those false starts, I am now nomadic, traveling or homeless, whichever word you feel most comfortable with. This isn’t exactly how I dreamed my travels would be, but I’m trying to make the most of the cards life has dealt me.

a beer in Anaga

As I write this, I’ve been on the road for something just over 3 months. I’ve needed to adjust some habits; I’m planning the next step; I’m doing things I only dreamed about doing a short few years ago, and on the low days I always remember that, and this blog has become about more than the travel itself, or the places, but about challenging myself, despising the limits society tries to impose once you reach 60; and also about the way man constantly abuses this beautiful planet.

August 2014 Update

Health issues have grounded us for a while, Trix’s and mine, so the easiest and most efficient thing was to return to the island of Tenerife, where we have doctors & vets who know us. We do not intend to stop traveling though. There are always new places to see and new things to do!

 

65 thoughts on “About

  1. I’ve only just found your blog from a comment you left on my own website … and I really like what you’re doing and what you’re about. Will be a regular visitor now (oh god that sounded like all the spam I get on my own site!)

    • Jeje……don’t worry. I recently came across your site too, so I know you’re not a spammer! The liking is mutual, though our blogs are different. I couldn’t do what you do by a long streak!

  2. Islandmomma, you were so kind to leave a comment on my Speed Blogging post months ago. I am finally getting caught up because, like you, I am a mother always first and foremost. This means my life has been a blur. But, now, I’m a recent empty-nester (two sons, one a college senior and the other a college freshman) so I am redefining “Me Time.”

    I am very sorry about your employment status, but love that you travel vicariously through conversations with strangers. My husband has been laid off twice since 2007. The whole premise of my blog is to enjoy discovering and traveling the world virtually since we are flat broke and hoping against hope that my husband finds a job SOON.

    It was my dream that he and I would travel to Sicily in 2011 to celebrate our 50th (mine) and 60th (his) birthdays. It ain’t lookin’ good. Despite the odds, though, I’m having such a great time visiting distant lands from my recliner, with my laptop on my, well, lap! I am really looking forward to spending time on your blog, where it looks like I can cover a lot of ground!

    All the best,
    Amiable Amiable

  3. The empty nest does set new challenges, doesn’t it. Am so glad to hear that you are seeing it as that, and not as a chance to flop and do nothing (as so many women seem to do!).

    I’m so sorry about your husband’s employment status – and I hope it improves very soon. I know so many people who have been affected by this awful world economic crisis, and I hate seeing what it does to them. I have a friend, young, in her 30s, who has been very down of late, but another young, 40s, friend has just found a job after being unemployed for 2 years. They are both young women with professional qualifications, and both threw themselves into voluntary work, which saw/is seeing them through the crisis.

    I hope things look up in time for you to get to Sicily next year….you never know! I’m a great believe in positive thinking, but there are times when it’s hard, and sometimes there doesn’t even seem to be a reason to be down, it just happens. I know my luck changes when I am positive, so I keep trying!!!

    • Thank you very much for your kind words. I hope, too, that your luck changes in any way you need as a result of your positive thinking. I know it will. As they say, you GO, girl!

      You are absolutely right about volunteer work. I’ve been very active the past two years with our youth at church, fundraising and coordinating mission trips to places like New Orleans. While the teens are doing the actual rebuilding for the Katrina victims (so much work still to be done), it has helped me indirectly because I can’t help but feel gratitude for my many blessings and recognize how insignificant some problems are compared to what other people have endured.

      Yup, I haven’t really given up on Sicily. I’m just being realistic for now. If things change, and we can go, it’ll be a FANTASTIC surprise! :)

  4. Reading this makes me realize that things happen for a reason in the exact sequence they are meant to! Also 01/22 is my birthday!

  5. Hi IslandMomma, I recently found your blog thanks to Freshly Pressed. Wow! How unique and inspiring your life is – at least from my perspective as a working girl in rural south Georgia (USA). I’m looking forward to reading more about you and your life. I, too, love writing, photography, traveling and volunteering. These are my outlets. Best wishes for you in your blog studies.

    • Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. It’s appreciated. Everyone’s life is unique and inspiring you know. We just live in very different places. I LOVE the photos on your blog! I’ll be back there to read more!

  6. “Aspiring writer (taken me around 50 years to say that out loud).”
    YEA! Good for you! Keep writing, you are awesome!!!!
    “Aspiring photographer (Likewise). ”
    YEA! Hey both of these are skills that take time and need constructive criticism. I look forward to reading and seeing more of your talents/skills!

    • Thank you so much for your really kind words. I’m sure you know how it is, friends and family are always kind, but you can never be sure if it’s just because they love you, so to have praise from somone you haven’t met, and a professional too, is so encouraging. Thanks for taking the time to both read and comment.

  7. Hello. I’ve just found your site from a link on AussieNomad and am really pleased I did. My boyfriend and I are considering looking for work in Tenerife so I’ll be reading your blog with interest for some insights into island life!

    Thanks :-)

    • Hi. I saw you on Twitter earlier! And I’ve left the tab open to take a look at your blog later! If you have any specific questions I’d be more than happy to help. My email is islandmomma55@yahoo.com. I tend to keep away from the tourist places, though they are hard to ignore, and they are where the work is. Tenerife seems to be slowly pulling out of the recession, more quickly than the rest of Spain. We’ve been “helped” by the problems in the MIddle East. In spring lots of vacationers re-routed to the islands, and from the look of things over there, it’s going to be a while before mass tourism is big business again in countries like Egypt and Tunisia. Right now the job market is not good, but there is hope this boost will improve things. Just drop me a line if I can help at all. Thanks for reading.

  8. How absolutely delightful! I have followed you from my other webpage on wordpress (sandramathews.wordpress.com), but decided to start sharing the blog about my dad. Life is indeed a journey, isn’t it? Thanks for your wonderful About page! :-)

    • Thank you for a lovely comment. I keep meaning to update that page, but can never think of anything new to say. Maybe the journey will bring something new in time. I just read the first entry in your blog about your dad. I must have been so wonderful to have had a father like that, and so sad to loose him. One thing life is is unfair that’s for sure. Still, you have some wonderful memories, and without wanting to sound “airy fairy” I’m sure he’s still with you.

  9. I just started a blog yesterday after months of anguish. I’m an aspiring writer at 62 and my biggest fear is that I have nothing to say that anyone wants to hear, but the need to leave a small written legacy is strong at this age. As I started to put my site together I searched for a template. I really like your layout and approach to blogging. Thank you for your endeavors. I’ll be back!

    • Lots of luck! I have to say it’s been great for me, brought me lots of fun, satisfaction, new friends and the possibility of a little freelance work, so give it all you got! The sooner you get going the sooner you will settle into it. I had to look back over some earlier posts to find something today, and I could see how both my writing and photography have developed. I look forward to reading your success story in a few months!

  10. What an absolutely fantastic blog!! Write that book – it will be a bestseller.
    I was fortunate enough to be at the Starmus Festival in June this year which is how (via a very roundabout route) I came across your blog.
    You are very fortunate to live on such a fantastic island – I would certainly like to set up my observatories there one day (and now I’ve taken early retirement I might just do that).
    You’ll find a lot of Starmus pictures on my Flickr site http://www.flickr.com/photos/12801949@N02/ and all my astronomical stuff on http://www.newforestobservatory.com/
    I’ll be back :)
    Greg Parker

    • I’m so jealous that you went to Starmus! It must have been amazing, and I say that as a “layperson” when it comes to things astrological – I am just awed by the universe, basically, and really only very, very recently began to actually take in facts.

      Tenerife is an amazing place, though few visitors realize it! The night skies in the mountains away from the light pollution on the coast are breathtaking. Thank you for the links I took a look at your Flickr page and your photos are stunning. I will also be back to look at more and to take a peek at your webpage. WP assigned your comment to junk but I found it – thankfully!!! Thank you for reading and especially for taking the time to comment.

  11. Ahh – must have been the exclamation marks that triggered the WP junk sensors (or possibly the site links). Astronomical by the way – astrological is that Jonathan Cainer bunch :) Seeing all the astronauts and cosmonauts at Starmus was a once in a lifetime experience – I call Starmus the “Woodstock for Astronomers”. I don’t think such an amazing event will ever be repeated – and like Woodstock, you can’t imagine what it was like if you weren’t actually there. Seeing Neil Armstrong there in the flesh – totally incredible (no exclamation marks).

  12. Oooops sorry – I knew I’d do that one day astronomy/astrology.

    I didn’t know exclamation marks did that, perhaps this knowledge will finally stop me from overusing them.

    I would have given an awful lot to have listened to Neil Armstrong. One thing I don’t understand is how anyone could face normal life after an experience like that. Everything else has to pale in comparison…….no exclamation marks…..but it’s hard.

  13. When you see these great people (now old unfortunately) you realise that they probably didn’t face normal life very well after that experience – how could they? To know you have just done something unique, not to be repeated (for a LOT longer than anybody thought) and that you will never do anything in your life that ever comes close – must cause personal problems. It really is great to hear their stories of that time, but you get the feeling that they are getting a bit tired of reliving that one short part of their lives that took place so long ago, it does however continue to bring in the cash :) As many people will know Neil Armstrong is not at all keen on public appearances and it was an incredible coup for Garik Israelian (the organiser of Starmus) to get Neil to attend. I have no idea how you pulled that one off Garik – but thank you.

  14. I love how you got your name, Islandmomma! Even though you can’t travel right now, you are so lucky to live in a place that is such a travel hotspot! Enjoyed reading your story.

    • Thank you. I agree, there are places it would be much more frustrating to live if I couldn’t travel, then again, I’m a firm believer in finding the best and the new in what’s around you……though it’s hard sometimes! Thank you so much for reading.

      And many congratulations on your photo getting published!! At first I thought it must be the one at the top of your blog, because it is so gorgeous! Hope it’s the first of many for you. I totally know where you’re coming from regarding stats and so forth. I wrestled with the same thoughts myself, and have decided now that I don’t want to go the whole hog with advertising and so on. Much more relaxing! Happy blogging!

  15. I don’t know how I came across your blog, but it makes fascinating reading – really enjoying it. I live across the sea in Arguineguín in Gran Canaria, on a good clear night we can see the lights of Tenerife, and most days we get a fabulous view of Teide.
    I have a question for you, I saw a comment from you somewhere about buying goods in the UK and claiming back the VAT.How do you do this ?? My email is sdh2252@gmail.com if you have time to drop me a line , I’d appreciate it.
    Sylvia x

  16. Hello – Thanks for stopping by my blog! Glad you’re enjoying life and love your blog!

    Sherry

  17. Hi Linda! I’m finally getting a chance to browse your blog and I love it – wow, what an interesting place to live. I can’t wait to read more. I used to secretly dream of living in Spain (after my first trip to Madrid and Barcelona, I came back and went to the bookstore to buy “Working and Moving to Spain” or some such. LOL).

    • Oh I’ve tried to get away several times – because I really would like to experience living somewhere else, but somehow I just can’t seem to get away. This island definitely isn’t done with me yet!

      AND LOL! I think you know the loving is mutual – but I did peek at your last post with a bit of hesitation – not sure what to expect! What an experience!

  18. Re your roast chestnuts – smells are the most powerful mnemonic going, I don’t know why a lot more isn’t written about this. When I was 12 we took the boat from Southampton to New Zealand (in those days boat travel was a LOT cheaper than plane – now look at it!) which took four weeks. When I was 18 I was back in England in the school hall and they must have used the same cleaning material around the place that was used on the ship some 6 years earlier. I was instantly transported back to the Australis, and the flashback was so powerful that I actually wobbled a bit with the motion of the (non-existent) boat – amazing experience.
    Re the car boot sale. We are in exactly the same position, a house completely full to overflowing with “stuff” and I can clearly remember going off to my first job with just a suitcase that held everything I owned. I really liked being able to pack up everything in a large suitcase, I really don’t like having so much stuff that it would take 3 or 4 Pantechnicons to shift the lot. What will happen to all this stuff when I peg out? Guess I’d better start getting it on E-Bay right now :)
    Greg

    • I’ve often thought about doing a post about it! That is amazing, that you had such a strong reaction after so long!

      When I did a guided hike last summer to see where they had produced resin in the forests hundreds of years ago, they produced some pieces of resin to feel and smell. They were hard, black bits of what seemed to be stone, but the smell took me right back to my childhood, and telegraphy poles. I’m thinking they were made from unseasoned wood, and in summer the resin oozed out. I remember them being black and sticky.

      I’ve read so many blog posts about how people have sold up everything and downsized. I guess we did it to some extent when we emigrated, but not so much. I was thinking of stability for the kids in having familiar things around. I didn’t find it easy! And now, as I sit here surrounded by packing boxes, bubble wrap and old newspapers I wonder if I still haven’t done enough!

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

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  20. Wow! I am so impressed and inspired! Thank you for your wonderful blog! I’m 48, starting my life as a traveler going to Malta on Tuesday. I will stay there as long as I feel like it – could be months or years. I run a site, 500thrills.com where I interview people who made active choices in their lifestyle. My mission is to inspire more people to live their dream life. I would love to do an interview with you? Please email me! anna.aberg at 500thrills.com.

    • Thanks for reading, Anna, and especially thanks for the compliment. Only getting around to catching up with correspondence & comments today I realize that this must be THE day you are moving, so I expect you will be pretty excited and busy. Love your attitude! Not sure I am exactly who you want to interview, but I’ll drop you a line…..and I will also most definitely stop by your site. Wishing you lots of luck with your new life!

  21. I am happy I found this beautiful blog. Thank you. I am thinking about retiring in the Canary Islands. Ideal weather (according to everybody), a lovely people, with a lovely culture….
    I know most people probably prefer to live on the coast, but I like to come home to a nice fire in my fireplace. Is it possible to live in the mountains, without getting isolated: I would like to be within a reasonable driving distance of shops, cinemas, stores, a normal city life….
    Do you think this is feasible? If so, can you tell me which areas I might considering to acquire a house?
    Thank you.
    Ina

    • Thank you. I’m so glad you enjoyed reading.

      Everything you say is spot on. The weather is pretty constant, with variations depending on which part you live in. It’s very mountainous, so clouds rise and fall, affecting rainfall, and the prevailing winds from the north east (and not west as you might expect) make the east coast cooler and windy for instance.

      You could certainly live the kind of life you describe in the north of the island, in the hills around Santa Cruz or La Laguna, but you would need to speak Spanish if you didn’t want to feel isolated. There are shopping malls, cinemas, theaters and most modern facilities (although things tend to come here a bit later) only minutes away. There is a rich cultural life in Santa Cruz for Spanish speakers. Tenerife has a symphony orchestra, and there is a jazz festival and a short opera season, as well as all kinds of popular, folk and world music. Theaters in Santa Cruz and La Laguna regularly have plays and shows these days too, and there are always art and photographic exhibitions at the TEA and other places. I really only write about the stuff which interests me personally, but I know that there is loads more. If you want to know about anything specifically don’t hesitate to ask!

      The reason most expats live on south/west coast is mainly because of the weather, which is a bit warmer and dryer than elsewhere. If you lived in the hillsides around there then city life would be an hour or so away, still in Santa Cruz, although there is now a small shopping mall with cinemas near Adeje, and the Magma Arts and Exhibition Center now offers ballet and music from time to time, but it isn’t the same as the cultural life of a city if that’s what you’re used to.

  22. Islandmomma: Thank you for this prompt and informative response. Music to my ears! It looks like I could settle down somewhere around Santa Cruz (to be able to enjoy my nice fireplace :-)………..

    ………..and still spend my days on a warm beach if I wanted to do that, right? (one hour drive from Santa Cruz is MUCH better than most people do going back and forth to work in Paris, London, Washington, Tokyo, Mexico, Bangkok etc…).

    I am sooooooooooooo looking forward to living in the Canary Islands!

    Now, I guess there are no flights between Tenerife and Morocco or Dakar (someone said you have to fly to Spain, and from there, fly to those destinations, is that correct?)

  23. I guess that you would settle in whichever area you needed to be in most, if you know what I mean. Some expats go to the beach almost every day, and would rather be in the south & travel north when necessary. For others, being close to shops & cultural activities is more important with beach visits secondary. There is a lovely beach 10 minutes from Tenerife, but in winter it can be chilly there, though by no means out of the question. There is also a lido-type place, near to the Auditorio, but I’ve never actually been inside it. Puerto de Cruz, the nearest resort, and in the north is around 20 minutes and the southern ones around an hour. And, yes, I commuted in the UK for a short time years ago, and this is much better!

    No direct flights right now to Morocco, you’re right. There is a ferry I think (the service has been a bit on/off). Actually, I’m not sure if it actually went to Mauritania and has been suspended because of problems in the region. The good news is that as an official Canary Islands resident there is a good discount on flights to and from mainland Spain (at least there has been, god knows what this new government will do), that doesn’t extend to a flight to Morocco, but on the CI-Mainland leg you should get discount providing you’ve registered properly with your town hall and the government.

    When do you hope to come?

  24. OOOOOOhHHHH I am so excited! I would come right away if I could, but I still have family arrangements to make, that’s what is taking me longer, I guess…..But God willing, I will be there one of these days (first visiting to see where a little house would look the best). Definitely a place where I can make a fire in the evening (at least a few months a year).
    Again, thanks a million for this blog. Cheers…:-)

  25. Definitely best to weigh it all up first. We rented for about 9 months whilst looking around & deciding where suited us best, & it was well worth it. I would have been desperately unhappy if we’d bought the first one offered, which looked ok at first glance, the area that is, but after observation it wasn’t what we wanted. Lots of luck in your search, and please let me know when you’re over and we can get a coffee!

  26. Indeed, that’s the right way to do it: rent for a while…..I’ll definitely let you know when I finally make it to this wonderful place. Thanks again.

  27. Hiya! I’ve been reading you on my wordpress dashboard for so long, I didn’t realize you’d changed your header – I like it! Speaking of changes, I decided to self-host and had to change my URL, so update and subscribe to keep up with me, if you’d like! The URL is now http://tinyurl.com/9237lgf . Besos from the other side of the charco!!

  28. Hi there,

    I just tried to email you but your email doesn’t seem to work. Is there another one?

    Thanks,

    R

  29. Hiya. I wonder which one you tried? However, I am in process of setting up a new one & revamping the blog, so perhaps if you want to email in next, few days you could try islandmomma55 at hotmail dot com? Which is an old one I don’t really use, but, despite being hotmail seems to be very reliable!

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  31. Wonderful inspiring blog. My 3 month old daughter and I are heading out your way from the Uk in the beginning of April, it will be her first taste of sea air, feel of sun on skin and warm earth underfoot:) Can’t wait. But a big step into the unknown, some trepidation. Am planning to come to el Medano for a few months initially. Would you suggest renting a place from the UK, or staying in a hotel and finding one upon arrival? Are there any rental agencies you would recommend or definitely give a miss? And would be interested to hear more about the volunteering work you do….Thanks! e

    • Hi! Firstly, thanks for reading and the compliment, and secondly congratulations on taking a big step into the unknown! ….. It’s a great thing to do, honestly! I’ll find those estate agent names for you. I don’t have them to hand right now. One I highly recommend and one I heard something bad about the other day, so I wouldn’t trust (first hand info that not rumor). It’s so long since I traveled with a child that I hesitate to give advice, knowing that the challenges which will face you will be so different than for someone of my age now. Much depends on your circumstances, of course, do you have work/friends here? Do you speak Spanish? A friend who spent last winter here found El Médano impractical because all the work was in Las Americas or Los Cristianos for instance, and although it’s more expensive to live in those places the transport costs outweighed that. If it were me, now, I’d stay in a hostel until I found somewhere. I’d definitely want to look over an apartment before commiting to a long term rental. However, with a child can you do that? Honestly, I have no idea. Renting a holiday apartment is another alternative. More expensive than a long term rental, but cheaper than a hotel. Once the Easter holidays are over (so mid April this year) prices come down, so a holiday rental for a week or two would be cheaper than, say, now, which is high season. Also the snowbirds go home, which means there is more availability.

      I am a volunteer with the Spanish Red Cross – again, what you can do depends on language, but not speaking Spanish doesn’t preclude it. There are, for instance, several dog refuges which are run by expats who rely on volunteers, and hospital visiting to English-speaking patients (which I think is done via the English-speaking Lyons Club).

      I’ll get back to you about estate agents. Lots of luck with your big move!

  32. Wow thanks that’s all really helpful. You’re right about wait until low season. I used to speak very good spanish, which is now rusty but will return with prompting i’m sure. That would make me more useful as a volunteer, though not necesssarily as far as the rescue dogs are concerned. I’m a complete rookie with travelling with children, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out. Hopefully it’s in the blood as my mum travelled solo all over with me. Apparently i was very well behaved too. I don’t think it will be a logistical problem to go apartment hunting upon arrival, but I do have one practical question for you: what is the attitude about breastfeeding in public like in tenerife? Long days looking at apartments and in letting agent’s offices would be a lot easier if it’s ok to feed aziza in public. Thanks so much, and I look forward to hearing about the estate agent recommendations.

    • Oh your Spanish will come back very easily! Sorry if I might have sounded cautious but so many people do come over without speaking the language – English is spoken so widely here, that you can get away with it, but obviously, on so many levels it’s easier and better if you speak the language. My personal opinion is that if kids are used to traveling and there are rules in place (like not running around an airport causing chaos or pulling the seat in front!) then it’s not a problem…..or I might just have been very lucky with mine! All I can tell you about breastfeeding is that I was sitting with some friends a couple of weeks back, who were visiting (she Andorran, so “almost” Spanish) and she simply raised her T-shirt and fed when it was necessary, and no-one around batted an eyelid. We were in a seafront bar in El Médano. Normally friends have passed a shawl or scarf around their boobs, but she didn’t even do that. I’m guessing there might be other places where you wouldn’t want to do it, but in this town it seems to be accepted! I’ll check on that agent’s name and get back to you later on that.

      • Hi. What a very small world we inhabit, I bumped into a mutual friend the other morning whilst walking my dog! Never ceases to amaze me ….. I’m sure where ever we go in the world these days we can find a connection somehow!

        The details of the agent I recommend, and use (and have done for a few years now, and so did my son) is Costa Médano Gestión & Asesoramiento Inmobiliario (better known to me as Dino and Beatriz, honestly, I didn’t know the name of their company!) They are in Plazaa Roja and their phone number is 922176217, although it’s best to call in & chat with them. Still waiting for my friend to get back to me with the name of the one with whom she had problems – I think I know, but I want to be sure before I say anything negative about anyone! I’ll let you know asa.

        Hope your preparations are going well.

  33. Hello! yes J and I worked out you know each other – tiny world. Thanks so much for immobilario info that’sreally good to know. I’m actually sorted now for accomodation for the first few months but good to have that for future reference. Thanks!

  34. hello again – this time I’m writing from el medano:) Aziza (baby daughter) and I are enjoying exploring. Wondering if you fancy meeting up for a coffee sometime?

    • Hi. Apologies for the delay I haven’t been here very much the last, few days. My son has been visiting, so I cut down everything online. Love to get coffee. Ring me if you like .

  35. Just found your site, while I was searching the net about trees in Tenerife. Glad I came across it, enjoyed reading about you and your journey.

    • That’s so kind of you. Thank you for reading, and for leaving a comment. It’s always so nice to know that folk actually read some of my ramblings :) I hope you found the information you were looking for? Lots of luck with your new blog!

  36. Brave Brave Brave! I can only gasp and admire your life’s decisions. Oh and once again say thanks for all the intro’s to places I know want to visit.

  37. You rock! You are an inspiration to me.

    Beatriz

    • Wow, thank you! I’ve never been called that before! Thank you for the compliment, for reading and for taking the time to comment!

      • Seriously, lately, at the age of 41, I’ve been feeling like life is mostly over. I’ve achieved what I’ve achieved, but reading your blog was a good dose of perspective. Life is certainly how a person sees it. Thank you without measure. These days, any dose of positivity is helpful.

        Beatriz

  38. Of course I don’t know what your cirumstances are, so i can only tell you that I feel as if my life didn’t really begin until I was 34! So by 40 I was kind of a “teenager”! Frankly, I totally wasted my youth, which seems like an awful shame, but on the other hand it’s brought me to this point in time. I was 40 when we emigrated. I am very, very, very much of the opinion that we are never too old for just about anything. I keep meaning to post more about that, but find it a difficult topic to approach without sounding a bit flaky!

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