Monday morning, the 17th of December 2018, my host mum drove me to the airport. My Christmas holidays had officially begun and that afternoon, I boarded a plane to Tenerife. Not where I’m going to spend Christmas but I wanted to go somewhere warm before going to see my family in the Netherlands.
Now, I’ve never really liked Spain. Have never had a good reason to not like Spain. And I still don’t. But I just don’t like it. It doesn’t make me as happy as seeing old English houses or strolling through small cobbled streets. Yes, Tenerife is beautiful. The weather is amazing and I love seeing all these exotic plants and trees. But I also couldn’t wait to go back to England.
When I got to Tenerife, I got in the car that I rented and started to drive to Puerto de la Cruz, where I would spend the next five days. Now, I decided to rent a car so I could drive around the island and see everything I wanted. And because it was cheap and less of a hassle than the bus (since I did have two suitcases with me).
I consider myself to be a fairly good driver but I was absolutely terrified while I was driving to my Airbnb. Here’s why:
- It was dark
- I didn’t know the road
- Unfamiliar car
- The steering wheel was on the right side of the car instead of the left
- Driving on the right side of the road instead of the left
- My SatNav (I was smart enough to bring that with me from England) gives distances in miles. My brain thinks in miles. But everything here is
kilometersand that just made me very confused.
Those last three points are especially weird because it’s how I learned to drive. But apparently, living in England for a year and a half and driving there just makes you forget everything you knew about driving in Europe.
While I was in Tenerife, I spend four days on the beach reading books. And that’s all. Before I left, I had planned to at least go and see the volcano on the island, but once there, I just couldn’t be bothered. I needed a break from everything and that’s exactly what I got. Four days on the beach, soaking up the sun. It was amazing.