For this summer holiday I wished for a location that is far enough to feel I am in a new place, but still not far enough for high costs and long travelling. Plus, I don’t really have a passion for applying for visa so going to a place that is part of the European Union looked rather appealing.
Research was short, the Canary Islands are part of Spain, and so they must be speaking Spanish there – big plus for them cause I was already seeing not being able to speak Turkish or Greece as a downside for the holiday. Don’t get me wrong, to most countries I been, don’t even have basic knowledge of their language (and I basic I mean ten – twenty words only), but this time I felt it should be easy to get around and not need to start every conversation with “Sorry, do you speak English?”
Anyhow, so after 30 minutes o research on the key words “European Union holiday destination”, Gran Canaria seemed like a vey good option: many flight connections from Germany and very affordable accommodation options.
Same day, together with Alina we booked the tickets and promised to research and see how we can best pass time in Gran Canaria. A thing that we never did. Work and fun were always more important so we decided to go with the flow and see on the spot what is to do.
Anyhow, the time came and we flew from Dusseldorf to Gran Canaria with a Condor flight. I hoped for a nice movie during the flight, but damn it – they had exactly one of the two movies I’ve seen at the cinema this year. Never mind! We landed. Google car was there. Right there when we were exiting the airport. So cool, I have only seen it once before. Anyhow Ocean, Ocean everywhere.
Bus to La Playa del Ingles. GPS. GPS sucked, every time pointing us to almost opposite direction. Anyhow we had the photo of the apartment we were supposed to stay in. Apparently Google was wrong; our apartment was a block away and much nicer that what we expected from the pictures. GPS failed also when searching the office from where we wanted to rent a car. So we decided to do it the old fashion way – with a map and intuition.
First day we went for live music and swimming in the Ocean. I think it was also the moment when we realized that this is how we want to spend the holiday. So for the rest of the holiday did what most people that are 70 years old do: wake up, enjoy breakfast, go to the beach, come back and enjoy lunch, have a nap, go to the beach again, come back and enjoy dinner and then go for a walk next to the Ocean. It was freaking one of the best things ever.
Every day we put tonnes of sun protection lotion on our bodies. Alina even twice as much as me and for me was more than in entire life combined. Not to get burned, we have sensitive skin since we live in a country with almost no sun for two years. Hope you see the irony. Cause I love sun and I love to get burned and I love to get tanned.
Anyhow, except that we rented a car for a couple of days visited the northern part of the island and some good parts of the south and south west. I was just very happy to be alive when we returned the car. Main roads are great, excellent, but in a moment of craziness we decided to take only the ones where cars are going both ways, but there is space for only one car and on you right its just free fall – either into the rocks next to the Ocean, either just into to rocks.
We were in Las Palmas for a day and went to “the mall” searching for stuff to buy for friends. However “the mall” (something, something with a wale) was in quite a bad neighborhood, with curios people on the streets (and by curios I mean – did not feel safe at all, it was extremely dirty and looked freaking poor). Finally, a police car passed and I felt safer. Feeling went way went they started weaseling and smiling at us. All in all, we kindav had no direction when we were in Las Palmas cause we wanted to see everything. Good part is that some areas we decided to see only from the car. North of the island looked very different then the south: weather, water, beaches, rocks – everything more extreme, so we decided to stay in the south. Seemed all English people moved from Playa del Ingles to Puerto Rico, a city in the south west of the island. It was very nice exactly as I like the water to be: clean, green, a bit pool. However since it had not one single wave and Alina loves waves we decided to spend only one day in Porto Rico.
The highlight of the trip was the day we spend on a boat. Some guy approached us in Playa del Ingles and presented us the trip that was starting in the port of Puerto Rico. We booked a place on the boat and two days later went searching for dolphins and whales and we found them!!! In the freaking deep ocean water! Dolphins are either really friendly creatures, either attention whores, cause they started jumping around the boat, driving everyday crazy with happiness. Latino music, Spanish food, internationals throwing up, swimming with the fishes in the little gold that had the cleanest water in the world and some rides with “the banana” and a speed boat were also included in the tour. Very nice and very affordable, they even arranged transportation in between the two towns.
Did some other stuff around there: went to several clubs and restaurants (nothing special – at least for me) and had really long walks on the beach, freaking 15 km long walks, but what I loved the most were the waves and beach of Playa del Ingles, the afternoon naps and the view from our balcony.