the Canary islands it should be spring time in March, but this month
started rather moderate. No problem, because there is a lot to see and
enjoy in Las Palmas. It is an old city with some beautiful architecture PHOTO
and parcs with rows of palm trees. We even visited cultural highlights such as
the Casa Colón, the Columbus house. During the past six months we
encountered Columbus memorials almost daily. The guy has really been
everywhere and visited almost every Canary island; but his favourite spot
was La Gomera, because he had a girlfriend over there.
The museum in Las Palmas is the most beautiful of all Columbus houses. The
front is magnificent and inside you find a huge collection of antique
instruments for navigation, and seacharts that were all copied by hand.
Modern sailor's life is much easier! We still make copies from each others
charts, but the medium is different. If Columbus had had a computer, he
could have spent more time on other things. And we might have been some
years ahead and now sailing around with computer screens showing an
overlap of radar screen and seachart.
Canaria is a very attractive island, so we rented a car for one more day.
This time we drove along the north and west coast and were rewarded with
the most spectacular views. The beautiful green ravines, and of course the
coastline with its white waves in turquoise bays, and sharp rock
formations ending in the clear blue sea PHOTO
Further outside of the coast the water is deeper blue. When you sail
between the islands in depths of 4000 m, it seems as if you are sailing in
an ink pot.
On the southwest side of the island, the coastal route takes you more
inland. Again beautiful valleys, all shades of green, and flowers
In Puerto de Mogan on the SW-coast we met Danish friends who experienced
lots of trouble. They were so sad that they even wanted to sail home, but
sometimes moral support can help: listening and talking about their and
our own experiences and the many even worse things that happened to
others. So two days later they continued their trip and
we met again in Las Palmas.
have been looking around for a nice little home that could be a good
investment. But we have
quite a lot of demands compared to the small amount of money we want to
spend (typical Dutch).
Furthermore, buying a house in Spain is not very easy, as many things are
not clear (is the seller really the proprietor of the house?). The Dutch
consulate has already been very helpful and if we really buy something,
we'll definitely need a lawyer.
But in the meantime we have done quite a lot of free sight-seeing with the
broker, we had a lot of fun and Petra
now can make nice Spanish conversation.
climate on the Canaries is not always ideal. Every now and then, the islands
are subject to the so-called “calima”: the air is full of Sahara sand which
covers the islands like a thick fog. During a few days in January, 62.000
tons of sands came down in the whole area (this includes the sea); and now
in March we suffered again from this bad weather. The calima is caused by
an easterly wind, which is terribly dry as well. Very uncomfortable if combined
with temperatures of 25 to 30°C