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It’s now 39 days I’m in Tenerife and I love it more and more. In the first 1–2 weeks I thought I’m crazy to stay almost three months here alone, without any plan where to go or what to do, without knowing anyone … but now I don’t want the time to pass by to have to return home again.
The neighbour hood
I’ve met so many new people, had so many interesting conversations, learned a lot about myself and changed my view on many things in life — and I can say it’s still the beginning of my trip. I already know so many people here and I feel like the whole island is like a small village. Well, the whole world is! Yesterday I’ve met a guy who asked where I’m from and when I told him “Sibiu — Romania” he was really surprised to hear because he stayed there three months before his trip to Tenerife and then he asked “Do you know Diana? The girl with the bangs and pink hair?” of course I know her! (Love you, Dizzy btw.) — just everything so connected!
I really want to share with you some pictures of my beloved little place up on the hills here on the hippie beach of La Caleta in Tenerife and how I live here. I pretty much have everything I need for living here, not like I am used at home but it’s perfectly fine. For getting anything I need I have to walk some distance because the next small village is 3km away and the next city 5km. Water is the most difficult to carry up here, as I am not a really big girl, haha. It’s a good training walking up and down like 10 times a day. *update after 2,5 months: I can carry 32l of water at once* Argh, I feel strong now!
Waking up and embracing the new day and it’s adventures like:
I simply adore mornings here! Waking up by the first sunshine reaching your skin, having coffee or a good black tea with your neighbour and eating delicious cereals with fruits, honey, cacao and Gofio (it’s Canarian flour which is a popular ingredient in Canarian cooking) — so tasty, yumm!
Coffee time in my living room
Having breakfast with the neighbours
After enough black tea and a healthy breakfast, the energy level should be secured for half of the day. So my day starts with different activities, from going for water, food or to the city for charging my gear and wifi if I’m in the mood for “internet day”.
Meanwhile I know each stone on the way to my place and I am able to walk even by night without light here. When I’m thinking back on the first days here, when I couldn’t even find my tent and was looking for it like one hour … I progressed. I’m just so much more connected with the moon, nature itself in general and it’s great! It teaches me a lot about myself and how my body works. I have to say that I had only three days where I didn’t feel well, because when I picked my mom from the airport we ate a pizza at a restaurant and after that I threw up and couldn’t eat or drink anything. But that’s it — the only days I felt bad. I don’t even have back or stomach problems like I use to have back home. I really feel healthy and fresh. *Update after being back home: I gained 5kg of weight — which for me seemed always impossible and I really wished for it to happen (unlike other girls). I’m really happy with that and I feel very fit.*
If I have to go to the city to make my supply this takes pretty much half of the day because it’s far and it’s really hot in the last time here.
If I have to go to take a shower, I go up to the nearby Golf Club, where they have clean toilets and “shower”. Well, it’s not really a shower but sweet water is coming out of it and you get used having a 80cm high tap, it’s a proper shower. 😉
Number of warm showers in 3 months: 3
Nights slept in a bed: 3
I appreciated these three showers so much like never before in my life! Even if I’m used with having cold showers at festivals, but the festivals usually don’t last longer than one week and than I can have a normal shower in my bathroom home again — here showering for months only outside somewhere and watching out for the securities not to come, I guess you feel me and what I want to say. Just bless the bathrooms and the showers!
I live on a hippie beach but hygiene is still somewhere very up on my list and I like to keep myself and my things clean. Daily showers I take in the ocean with bio soap (I refused to wash myself in the ocean in the beginning but walking up the hill for showering to sweat again when coming down is really not that useful, so I got used to it — some coconut oil helps against my dry skin). Though when it comes to washing my hair I’m very fussy! For that it has to be fresh, sweet water. So for that and for washing my clothes I walk up with my bucket and some detergent, gypsy style full power! Well, I did go 3 times to the lavanderia (laundry) to wash my clothes properly but it was too expensive, too far and too expensive again, hahah, no seriously 4€ for washing + 4€ more for drying when I can do it on my own.
If I need food I walk to the not so nearby supermarket and buy vegetables, fruits, noodles, cereals, honey, dates, cookies, tea, coffee etc. I also went couple of times in the evening doing dumpster diving at the supermarkets “trash” — it’s just unbelievable how much good food you can actually find there. There are a lot people here doing that, some don’t spend a cent on food. Of course it’s not something for everybody but it’s a possibility too. We cook together here and share a lot. Everyone brings something he has and we mix it and prepare some delicious dishes. Eating together is just so much more tasty.
And then there is the „problem“ with batteries for the load of electronics I carry with me as we have no electricity here. I have to go to bigger cities and sit somewhere in a Cafe, for charging and using wifi to check mails and for working. You can imagine how long I sit there until my Laptop, 3 Camera batteries and phone are charged! Drinking my coffee veeeeery slowly to sit half of the day there without having to order 10 coffees :)))
*Everything else got stolen but luckily I still own my gear — bless, universe*
After the batteries for my gear are charged, I enjoy this stunning working place … so inspiring!
Well, I have less (especially after my bag got stolen), but everything I need here. And the fact that getting and doing everything here is harder than I’m used to, just doesn’t plays a big role anymore. I got used to walk one hour to everywhere, carry 15 kg on my back from far away, save water, walk 20 minutes for bringing my trash to the trash place, make fire for cooking. I live in the middle of nature with a bunch of beautiful and colorful people, anything else just can’t be such a deal.
For that here everything easily turns into a crazy adventure, like going to have a shower to the Golf Club and running naked over the smooth grass at sunset, going to do laundry and having no clothes to put on because we put everything, even the ones we wore into the washing machine and going to the city for getting something turns into a three days trip to the mountains. Everything is so exciting and not knowing what happens next get’s my blood racing.
Here I really learn to appreciate everything I used to use in my daily life back in Vienna without really appreciating it or thinking about how it would be without having it. It’s a good way to teach anyone to do so. It shows me that there is also this kind of living your life, it teaches me to really appreciate the little things and to help and be kind whenever I can do so.
I also love the stressless, beautiful days here where you can do whatever you feel to. I have time to be creative and time to grow spiritually! The people and the vibes here are really tranquilo … so enjoying that! 🙂 *Update: read the blog post after living two and a half months there here.*
If you consider visiting this magnificent place respect it and the people there, leave no trash and be open for discovering new parts of yourself! Bam bule!