Through the unpredictable algorithms of life things like this trip happen. That’s how I can best describe arriving in Las Palmas, Canary Islands on the 30th of December. The anticipation and newness of this remote island made me feel the joy of discovery for the first time, a feeling I had not experienced lately. At first, I was just so happy to be reunited with my part of the family. Seeing them waiting outside the customs doors made waiting for my luggage feel like an eternity. Once we made it out, it was wonderful. I can replay movement by movement everything in my head, just a wonderful moment of unity. Family is always family. Nothing will ever change the feelings you can have towards them, ok I have to admit sometimes they drive me crazy.
Now on to the island itself, a kind of island I have never seen before. If this makes any sense imagine a very naive place, completely remote and yet part of Europe. Once I got out to exploring the terrain, I saw things that were really contradictory: cacti and palms, hills of arid dirt and lush gardens, beaches and countryside. Just a mind boggling experience. Not as densenly populated as I would of expected, the towns are spread apart, about 30 minutes from place to place easily, and mostly residential condo buildings! If I saw 3 houses that was a lot.
As far as climate, it was “the best climate in the world” and I think the folks at at Syracuse University would agree since they conducted the study carried out by Thomas Whitmore, director of research on climatology. Trending to be on the chilly side at times, was not my preferred beach weather yet the people at the beaches were abundant!
Over all I would say that this subtropical island of paradoxes is a very relaxing and tranquil haven for any one looking to get away from it all, especially if you are a fugitive wanting never to be found, it really grounds you and makes you appreciate the beauty in the simple things. Just a bit far away for a 4 day trip.
Enjoy the very few pics I have: