Why You Need to Go to Tenerife Now

I love that Spain owns the Canaries, an archipelago of volcanic rock with black and white-sand beaches, rests off the of West Africa – makes it that much easier to explore both Tenerife and Morocco on the same trip! Tenerife, the largest of these beautiful islands, is the epicentre of vibrant Spanish culture and traditions, and home to Mt. Teide, a 12,198 ft active volcano.

Here are a few reasons why you need to go to Tenerife now!

1. They have stunning rural villas to rent. Seriously, find out the best Rural accommodation in Tenerife and book your plane tickets now.

Tenerife Rural Villa

2. You can go almond gathering. Yes, ALMOND GATHERING. Now I am craving raw almonds…

Tenerife Almonds

3. They have festive pilgrimages for almost every occasion.

Tenerife festive pilgrimage

4. The Hamlet of Masca is the epitome of travel porn.

Hamlet of Masca on Tenerife

5. You can go to a Guachinche Tavern – which is basically an old refurbished barn that has been turned into a lively dining hall, with home-made food and wine.

Tenerife Guachinche Tavern

6. You can sit on the beach and give yourself some seaweed therapy – yes, it’s a thing!

Tenerife Seaweed Therapy

 

7. The entire island is gorgeous, I dare you to visit and send me an ugly photo!

Tenerife island

 

8. Charco de la Laja is the swimming hole of your dreams!

Waves crashing against a rock in Tenerife

Everyone loves the idea of having some island time, and while a Caribbean resort may be at the top of your list, consider going to the Canary islands instead. You will still have plenty of beaches to relax on, but you’ll also have plenty of opportunities to explore, immerse yourself in the local culture, drink copious amounts of local wine, indulge in rich home-made food, and shop.

Why stay in a pretty resort with mediocre food when you can safely explore an island with mind-blowing food and everything you could possibly want or desire in a holiday destination?

If I’m in Canada, Why Have I Been Silent?

I’m still very much alive, although my silence would have some assume otherwise. I’m in Canada. I’m staying with family. I’ve been here since mid-December, and I probably won’t leave until May or June. Most days (during the week) I get dressed about 3:00 p.m. as that is when my nieces get home from school and they hang at my mom’s house for a few hours until their parents are finished working for the day. While I spend my of my day without pants, that doesn’t mean I’m watching movies all day and eating chocolate, I’m usually on my laptop, writing, just not on here.

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14 Pretty Photos of Québec’s Hôtel de Glace

Main entrance for Hôtel de Glace

It’s not every day that one has the opportunity to visit Québec’s Hôtel de Glace (Ice Hotel), but when travelling in Québec City between the beginning of January and the end of March, venturing out to Hôtel de Glace is a must.

Oddly enough it took me three winters to finally make time to visit the ice hotel.

It takes fifty people about six weeks to take 500 tons of ice and 30,000 tons of snow and turn it into Hôtel de Glace — the only hotel in North America that is made entirely of snow and ice!

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7 Canadian Travel Blogs to Follow in 2016

At times it feels as though everyone writes a list of travel blogs to follow some time between December 20th and January 15th — it’s a month of list type posts covering everything from blog roundups to travel moment roundups to travel photography roundups. And it looks as though I’ll be joining in this year.

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How to Volunteer at Elephant Nature Park

You’ve made the first step, you’ve decided to say no to riding elephants, and yes to visiting or volunteering with elephants in a sanctuary that promotes health, freedom, and natural behaviour, now what? What should you know about being a volunteer? If you’re visiting for a day, how should you dress or behave? What are the unspoken rules for interacting with elephants in a sanctuary like Elephant Nature Park?

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Did I Have a Thai Massage with a Happy Ending?

As I sat on a low square faux-leather stool sipping tea from a tiny ceramic cup, a masseuse leaned forward and cupped my left breast, giving it a little squeeze and smiling to herself; I sat, unmoving on the stool, sipping my tea. Did I just have a Thai massage with a happy ending?

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Sunday Snapshot: Vieux Québec, Canada

Vieux Québec in summer

Vieux Québec, one of my favourite places in Canada.

Over the past couple years I’ve spent a lot of time in Québec City, even moving into an apartment in the Vieux Québec. Ah, I freaking love this city, the European feel, the history, the architecture, the croissants and chocolat chaud. All of it was delicious, and being an anglophone was never an issue. Sure, there was a language barrier, but visiting Québec is like visiting any other place where the main language is not English.

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Sunday Snapshot: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka

As soon as I stepped into Sri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil in Colombo, Sri Lanka I felt as though I was stepping into a Lara Croft Tomb Raider movie. Made of South Indian granite the inside of the temple was cool and dark, the only light coming from small windows towards the roof of the temple, and the flicker of candles set about the various shrines. Photographs were not permitted, so I took my time walking around the temple, admiring the intricate hand carved stone, and the Hindu shrines.

Sri Lanka is a fascinating country, one that can be chaotic and overwhelming a times, but a place I need to explore more fully. I stayed in Colombo, mostly out of spite. Many travellers told me Colombo was a bad idea, that I should venture into other areas of Sri Lanka, but as I was on a 4-day visa run, and I tend to disbelieve people when they say a destination is bad, I stayed in Colombo. It was a challenge. After 24-hours I wanted to leave, but I was stubborn and stayed, and in many ways I’m glad I did.

My visit to Sri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil was the result of meeting a kind rickshaw driver whom I later hired to take me to various temples in the city; buddhist, hindu, and muslim temples.

I’d love to go back with a sketchbook and pencil, and spend an afternoon inside the temple trying to capture a little of its beauty.