Tenerife // Travel with me

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 kilometers and 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.

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13 Comments

  1. Amy-Lynn Denham
    14 January 2019 / 4:41 pm

    That’s hilarious about the driving thing. Isn’t it funny how we can get so used to do something a new way that we almost forget the old way we did it?

  2. mommysup
    14 January 2019 / 11:08 am

    Love your blog posts! You’re such a positive girl!

  3. 14 January 2019 / 9:17 am

    Sometimes you like a place not because of the things to see there but how it makes you feel…I like to travel like that. Sounds like you had a nice stay (and a break) in Tenerife.
    – Nandita

  4. Elizabeth O
    14 January 2019 / 8:48 am

    Spain is such a beautiful place. sounds like you have an awesome trip.

  5. astoldbyalma
    14 January 2019 / 6:02 am

    I love Spain! This looks like an awesome trip I may have to recreate this trip.

  6. presiiicom
    13 January 2019 / 7:05 pm

    This is a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing this because I didn’t know I would have to think in kilometers.

  7. 13 January 2019 / 5:23 am

    That is such a beautiful place. I would absolutely love to travel there in the future!

  8. 13 January 2019 / 5:06 am

    It definitely seems worth it to me! What a beautiful place it is! Iā€™d love to visit someday in the future, perhaps when my children are a little older.

  9. Christa
    13 January 2019 / 4:17 am

    Four days spent on a beach reading sounds lovely. Iā€™m happy you got such a nice break!

  10. alwaysusebutter
    12 January 2019 / 12:02 pm

    I’ve never been to Tenerife but I spent 6 months working in Gran Canaria. So beautiful once you get away from the crowds! Hope you had a great time!

  11. Gervin Khan
    12 January 2019 / 7:01 am

    Such an amazing place to visit. I love the ocean and the water is super blue. I hope I get to come here in the near future.

  12. 12 January 2019 / 5:44 am

    So beautiful. I’m sure you had a wonderful time. It looks so peaceful there.

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