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

Time to Move On Again


A brief post after too long an absence, due to returning to La Gomera, some family time, and back problems. Long story short, in reverse order, I have spent most of the past week more-or-less on bed rest as an old back problem re-emerged. Most days, to be honest, it was too painful to sit and type, or the meds were making me sleepy. Happily it seems to be well on the mend now, so I have a lot of making up to do!

The previous week my son, Guy and his gorgeous girlfriend, Rachael, were here, and it made me really happy to show them around La Gomera, as well as some old haunts in Tenerife. Social media more or less bit the dust, except for some personal photos, and it was nice to switch off and relax!

The journey from Fuerteventura to La Gomera proved much more interesting than the outward journey, which was mostly at night, and marked by fitful slumber on the Gran Canaria to Fuerteventura ferry. Had I not been enjoying the experience of being somewhere new then I would certainly have been grumpy!

Leaving Puerto del Rosario in Fuerteventura at 1 pm, and watching the island I had come to know drift past my window was a much better option. I was able to spot the lighthouse atop the cliffs at Entallada, the achipelago’s closest point to Africa, and the long, white sand beaches of Jandia.

Beach at Morro Jable on the Jandia peninsula

Beach at Morro Jable on the Jandia peninsula

Lighthouse at Morro Jable on the Jandia peninsula

Lighthouse at Morro Jable on the Jandia peninsula


The lighthouse at Entallada, the closest point on the archipelago to Africa

The lighthouse at Entallada, the closest point on the archipelago to Africa

Because of the location of the ports on Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria this part of the trip takes 5 hours, but the Armas Ferry was comfy enough, and quiet (I’d figured that midday ferries wouldn’t be too crowded), so I set up my own space at a table for four with a plug alongside (not too many of these, note, if you’re planning this journey, but there are a few around if you scout enough. I’d missed them, until I noticed someone charging a phone, asked, and looked on the opposite side of the boat to find the equivalent there. The food was acceptable, and likewise the coffee, so much more fun than flying! The downside of a quiet ferry is that the people watching isn’t so interesting, but I did enjoy the guy who flopped near to my window and took a timple (small, guitar shaped Canarian string instrument) out of his backpack, and strummed for a while. Mostly, the passengers are truck drivers who ply between the islands delivering cargo from the major ports in Gran Canaria or Tenerife to the smaller islands. Many of them take a cabin and get some shuteye, even when traveling in the daytime, so that reduces the clamor too.

We were late arriving in Gran Canaria, where we changed ferries to complete the ride to Tenerife as dusk began to fall. Odd being back on familiar turf, knowing just which road to take and which traffic lights would change as I drove south to stay, briefly overnight with friends Colleen and Pablo, before an early start for the third ferry the next morning, and, finally, the also familiar 40 minutes from the ferry to Hermigua, and the whirl down the rabbit hole to this green and beautiful valley.




Back to the lush forests and nestled again in this stunning valley, with guardian peaks all around, the hot, red soil of Fuerteventura is a world away. It’s hard to realize that Fuerteventura and La Gomera are in the same island chain. More about both islands very soon.


Author: IslandMomma

Exploring island life and the freedoms of Third Age: Challenging myself every day: writing, traveling, snapping pix, running & teaching ESL

8 thoughts on “Time to Move On Again

  1. I love that picture of you standing in the road. It’s a keeper. BTW, have I told you how much I admire your daring? I’m much too attached to my stuff to chuck it all and wander, at least at this point in my life. We’ll see if that changes once the spouse and I hit retirement age.

  2. Thanks. I have to admit it’s one of my favorites too. Last walk before my knee started to hurt too! Oh, I miss my stuff every now & then, especially the books! I often want to refer to something I know is in a book in storage! And photos too … the pre-digital ones. You know how someone puts a pic of schooldays on Facebook and you want to put one too. Right now the pleasure of discovering the new outweighs the nostalgia! We’ll see how long it lasts!

  3. Hope your back, and knee, are feeling better with the down time in the UK. But must be tough not looking at those island views.

  4. Well, my first couple of days in UK were quite idyllic, to be honest, a myriad of spring flowers, and balmy weather, but it is now turned to the usual drear. I am at my dad’s right now and he lives in a particularly pretty part of UK. The downside is that transport is expensive, and since this trip is unscheduled there is no money for extras, like exploring a bit 😦 Still, it is time to get some online work done! (If I can concentrate over my dad’s tv!!)

  5. Commiserations on back and knee probs. I too have both. Knee surgery scheduled for early June. Meanwhile I’m back to my roots quite literally. We have taken on a weed filled allotment. quite a challenge. working hard, aching but happy. the pleasure of planting spuds and other veg is huge. also some flowers to come too. I guess you’ll be over in York too?

    • Both are currently improving, thanks! Lots of luck with your op! Congratulations on the allotment. I think they’re absolutely wonderful. Having had a very little experience of growing and eating stuff I’ve grown myself, I know how rewarding …. and delicious! ……. it is.

  6. Ouch! I hope the back problem is improving now.

  7. It is thank you. Took much longer than it usually does. It’s the hangover from a back problem years ago & quite often when this happens it goes away within 24 hours, but this time took around 3 or 4 weeks. The knee is also much improved over the last few days just, so hope that’s it for now!

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