How Living On A Hippie Beach Looks Like

(Sound for get¬≠ting into the vibe ūüėČ )

It‚Äôs now 39 days I‚Äôm in Tener¬≠ife and I love it more and more. In the first 1‚Äď2 weeks I thought I‚Äôm crazy to stay almost three months here alone, with¬≠out any plan where to go or what to do, with¬≠out know¬≠ing any¬≠one ‚Ķ but now I don‚Äôt want the time to pass by to have to return home again.

The neigh­bour hood

I‚Äôve met so many new peo¬≠ple, had so many inter¬≠est¬≠ing con¬≠ver¬≠sa¬≠tions, learned a lot about myself and changed my view on many things in life ‚ÄĒ and I can say it‚Äôs still the begin¬≠ning of my trip. I already know so many peo¬≠ple here and I feel like the whole island is like a small vil¬≠lage. Well, the whole world is! Yes¬≠ter¬≠day I‚Äôve met a guy who asked where I‚Äôm from and when I told him ‚ÄúSibiu ‚ÄĒ Roma¬≠nia‚ÄĚ he was real¬≠ly sur¬≠prised to hear because he stayed there three months before his trip to Tener¬≠ife and then he asked ‚ÄúDo you know Diana? The girl with the bangs and pink hair?‚ÄĚ of course I know her! (Love you, Dizzy btw.) ‚ÄĒ just every¬≠thing so con¬≠nect¬≠ed!

I real¬≠ly want to share with you some pic¬≠tures of  my beloved lit¬≠tle place up on the hills here on the hip¬≠pie beach of La Cale¬≠ta in Tener¬≠ife and how I live here. I pret¬≠ty much have every¬≠thing I need for liv¬≠ing here, not like I am used at home but it‚Äôs per¬≠fect¬≠ly fine. For get¬≠ting any¬≠thing I need I have to walk some dis¬≠tance because the next small vil¬≠lage is 3km away and the next city 5km. Water is the most dif¬≠fi¬≠cult to car¬≠ry up here, as I am not a real¬≠ly big girl, haha. It‚Äôs a good train¬≠ing walk¬≠ing up and down like 10 times a day. *update after 2,5 months: I can car¬≠ry 32l of water at once*  Argh, I feel strong now!

Wak­ing up and embrac­ing the new day and it’s adven­tures like:

I sim¬≠ply adore morn¬≠ings here! Wak¬≠ing up by the first sun¬≠shine reach¬≠ing your skin, hav¬≠ing cof¬≠fee or a good black tea with your neigh¬≠bour and eat¬≠ing deli¬≠cious cere¬≠als with fruits, hon¬≠ey, cacao and Gofio (it‚Äôs Canari¬≠an flour which is a pop¬≠u¬≠lar ingre¬≠di¬≠ent in Canari¬≠an cook¬≠ing) ‚ÄĒ so tasty, yumm!

Cof­fee time in my liv­ing room

Hav¬≠ing break¬≠fast with the neigh¬≠bours 

After enough black tea and a healthy break¬≠fast, the ener¬≠gy lev¬≠el should be secured for half of the day. So my day starts with dif¬≠fer¬≠ent activ¬≠i¬≠ties, from going for water, food or to the city for charg¬≠ing my gear and wifi if I‚Äôm in the mood for ‚Äúinter¬≠net day‚ÄĚ.

Mean¬≠while I know each stone on the way to my place and I am able to walk even by night with¬≠out light here. When I‚Äôm think¬≠ing back on the first days here, when I couldn‚Äôt even find my tent and was look¬≠ing for it like one hour ‚Ķ I pro¬≠gressed. I‚Äôm just so much more con¬≠nect¬≠ed with the moon, nature itself in gen¬≠er¬≠al and it‚Äôs great! It teach¬≠es me a lot about myself and how my body works. I have to say that I had only three days where I didn‚Äôt feel well, because when I picked my mom from the air¬≠port we ate a piz¬≠za at a restau¬≠rant and after that I threw up and couldn‚Äôt eat or drink any¬≠thing. But that‚Äôs it ‚ÄĒ the only days I felt bad. I don‚Äôt even have back or stom¬≠ach prob¬≠lems like I use to have back home. I real¬≠ly feel healthy and fresh. *Update after being back home: I gained 5kg of weight ‚ÄĒ which for me seemed always impos¬≠si¬≠ble and I real¬≠ly wished for it to hap¬≠pen (unlike oth¬≠er girls). I‚Äôm real¬≠ly hap¬≠py 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 show¬≠er, I go up to the near¬≠by Golf Club, where they have clean toi¬≠lets and ‚Äúshow¬≠er‚ÄĚ. Well, it‚Äôs not real¬≠ly a show¬≠er but sweet water is com¬≠ing out of it and you get used hav¬≠ing a 80cm high tap, it‚Äôs a prop¬≠er show¬≠er. ūüėČ

Num¬≠ber of warm show¬≠ers in 3 months: 3 

Nights slept in a bed: 3 

I appre¬≠ci¬≠at¬≠ed these three show¬≠ers so much like nev¬≠er before in my life! Even if I‚Äôm used with hav¬≠ing cold show¬≠ers at fes¬≠ti¬≠vals, but the fes¬≠ti¬≠vals usu¬≠al¬≠ly don‚Äôt last longer than one week and than I can have a nor¬≠mal show¬≠er in my bath¬≠room home again ‚ÄĒ here show¬≠er¬≠ing for months only out¬≠side some¬≠where and watch¬≠ing out for the secu¬≠ri¬≠ties not to come, I guess you feel me and what I want to say. Just bless the bath¬≠rooms and the show¬≠ers!

I live on a hip¬≠pie beach but hygiene is still some¬≠where very up on my list and I like to keep myself and my things clean.  Dai¬≠ly show¬≠ers I take in the ocean with bio soap (I refused to wash myself in the ocean in the begin¬≠ning but walk¬≠ing up the hill for show¬≠er¬≠ing to sweat again when com¬≠ing down is real¬≠ly not that use¬≠ful, so I got used to it ‚ÄĒ some coconut oil helps against my dry skin). Though when it comes to wash¬≠ing my hair I‚Äôm very fussy! For that it has to be fresh, sweet water. So for that and for wash¬≠ing my clothes I walk up with my buck¬≠et and some deter¬≠gent, gyp¬≠sy style full pow¬≠er! Well, I did go 3 times to the lavan¬≠de¬≠ria (laun¬≠dry) to wash my clothes prop¬≠er¬≠ly but it was too expen¬≠sive, too far and too expen¬≠sive again, hahah, no seri¬≠ous¬≠ly 4‚ā¨ for wash¬≠ing + 4‚ā¨ more for dry¬≠ing when I can do it on my own.

If I need food I walk to the not so near¬≠by super¬≠mar¬≠ket and buy veg¬≠eta¬≠bles, fruits, noo¬≠dles, cere¬≠als, hon¬≠ey, dates, cook¬≠ies, tea, cof¬≠fee etc. I also went cou¬≠ple of times in the evening doing dump¬≠ster div¬≠ing at the super¬≠mar¬≠kets ‚Äútrash‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ it‚Äôs just unbe¬≠liev¬≠able how much good food you can actu¬≠al¬≠ly find there.  There are a lot peo¬≠ple here doing that, some don‚Äôt spend a cent on food. Of course it‚Äôs not some¬≠thing for every¬≠body but it‚Äôs a pos¬≠si¬≠bil¬≠i¬≠ty too. We cook togeth¬≠er here and share a lot. Every¬≠one brings some¬≠thing he has and we mix it and pre¬≠pare some deli¬≠cious dish¬≠es. Eat¬≠ing togeth¬≠er is just so much more tasty.

And then there is the ‚Äěprob¬≠lem‚Äú with bat¬≠ter¬≠ies for the load of elec¬≠tron¬≠ics I car¬≠ry with me as we have no elec¬≠tric¬≠i¬≠ty here. I have to go to big¬≠ger cities and sit some¬≠where in a Cafe, for charg¬≠ing and using wifi to check mails and for work¬≠ing. You can imag¬≠ine how long I sit there until my Lap¬≠top, 3 Cam¬≠era bat¬≠ter¬≠ies and phone are charged! Drink¬≠ing my cof¬≠fee veeeeery slow¬≠ly to sit half of the day there with¬≠out hav¬≠ing to order 10 cof¬≠fees :)))

*Every¬≠thing else got stolen but luck¬≠i¬≠ly I still own my gear ‚ÄĒ bless, uni¬≠verse*

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 every¬≠thing eas¬≠i¬≠ly turns into a crazy adven¬≠ture, like going to have a show¬≠er to the Golf Club and run¬≠ning naked over the smooth grass at sun¬≠set, going to do laun¬≠dry and hav¬≠ing no clothes to put on because we put every¬≠thing, even the ones we wore into the wash¬≠ing machine and going to the city for get¬≠ting some¬≠thing turns into a three days trip to the moun¬≠tains. Every¬≠thing is so excit¬≠ing and not know¬≠ing what hap¬≠pens next get‚Äôs my blood rac¬≠ing.

Here I real¬≠ly learn to appre¬≠ci¬≠ate every¬≠thing I used to use in my dai¬≠ly life back in Vien¬≠na with¬≠out real¬≠ly appre¬≠ci¬≠at¬≠ing it or think¬≠ing about how it would be with¬≠out hav¬≠ing it. It‚Äôs a good way to teach any¬≠one to do so. It shows me that there is also this kind of liv¬≠ing your life, it teach¬≠es me to real¬≠ly appre¬≠ci¬≠ate the lit¬≠tle things and to help and be kind when¬≠ev¬≠er I can do so.

I also love the stress¬≠less, beau¬≠ti¬≠ful days here where you can do what¬≠ev¬≠er you feel to. I have time to be cre¬≠ative and time to grow spir¬≠i¬≠tu¬≠al¬≠ly! The peo¬≠ple and the vibes here are real¬≠ly tran¬≠qui¬≠lo ‚Ķ so enjoy¬≠ing that! ūüôā *Update: read the blog post after liv¬≠ing 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!

8 Replies to “How Living On A Hippie Beach Looks Like”

  1. Awe­some blog!

    I was doing this vagabond­ing thing in Tener­ife many, many years ago, must have been 2011. I was there for a few months like you.

    Back then I heard some talk about that hip­pie beach but nev­er went there to check it out as at that young & ten­der age, I was still kind of fucked up and a bit too uncom­fort­able with myself & the world. Read­ing ur posts about ur expe­ri­ence there makes me regret not going there to check it out, my trip could have been so much more edu­cat­ing and pro­found. It was a real­ly good trip though, real­ly turned my life around.

    Now I hear that Cal¬≠letas has been evict¬≠ed by the cops, have u stayed in touch with the peo¬≠ple there in order to con¬≠firm that it‚Äôs real¬≠ly all gone? I real¬≠ly wish I could have seen the place in its glo¬≠ry. Fuck the police, seri¬≠ous¬≠ly, where do they think these peo¬≠ple will live? ūüėģ

    I found or blog search­ing for some good juice on Tener­ife, as I’m gonna return to the par­adise island this win­ter hop­ing to find an under­ground beach spot, seclud­ed cave or some new friendz to squat with. This time I’m try­ing to stay there at least 6 months, which sounds insane but all I want is to escape baby­lon and recon­nect with nature. Tener­ife def­i­nite­ly is a very, very spe­cial place in the world. Com­ing from some­one who has been kind of every­where.

    The Tei­de is look­ing like it’s about to erupt, inter­est­ing times ahead!

    1. Thank you Car¬≠los ūüôā
      Tener­ife is a spe­cial place with a spe­cial high ener­gy, not only for me & you, hap­py that so many peo­ple I met say that. It tru­ly is spe­cial.
      Your trip was spe¬≠cial even with¬≠out going to the hip¬≠pie beach and that‚Äôs good too. The cops were already ‚Äúclean¬≠ing‚ÄĚ the place/beach last year which is sad, because it changed the place (Cale¬≠ta & Gal¬≠letas) so much ‚Ķ the ener¬≠gy is still spe¬≠cial but the peo¬≠ple who lived there made it even more spe¬≠cial. You‚Äôll still find some peo¬≠ple liv¬≠ing there but real¬≠ly hid¬≠den and not as many as 2 years ago. But there are many places to squat and live for a while ūüôā I wish I was there for cou¬≠ple of months too, but I‚Äôll sure return to the mag¬≠i¬≠cal island ‚ô°
      Enjoy your time there & stay safe! Let’s keep in touch about that.
      Bless­ings & sun­shine

  2. The cave hous¬≠es remind me of Grana¬≠da ūüôā
    Is the area quite wel­com­ing ? Like could u show up with­out know­ing any­one and just set­tle in in a tent ?
    Also, did u try to get any odd jobs for cash , and was it dif­fi­cult ?
    Thanks in advance ūüôā

    1. You‚Äôre right, it has sim¬≠i¬≠lar¬≠i¬≠ties to caves in Grana¬≠da ūüôā
      it is very wel¬≠com¬≠ing, in fact that‚Äôs what I did too: I didn‚Äôt know any¬≠one there and just ‚Äėmoved‚Äô there with my tent. Every¬≠body is real¬≠ly friend¬≠ly and open so you get to know all if you are just speak¬≠ing to them. Don‚Äôt know how many peo¬≠ple are still liv¬≠ing there at the moment but for sure still some good peo¬≠ple left. I didn‚Äôt work when I lived there, I had some cash saved from back home and I didn‚Äôt need much because I was liv¬≠ing real¬≠ly sim¬≠ple. But there may be some jobs in bars or you can play on the streets for some extra cash ūüôā
      You plan going there? Let me know about your expe¬≠ri¬≠ence if so ūüôā

  3. Very inspir­ing posts, thnak you for shar­ing all these moments and thoughts!

    I love the pics, too. What brand of cam­era equip­ment do you use?
    And also do you have any recom­man­da­tions when it comes to tents, which ones resist the best? (My old one broke in windy con­di­tions)
    Thanks!

    1. thank you dear hap­py you enjoy them!
      I have a Sony Alpha 7II and use dif¬≠fer¬≠ent lens¬≠es from Sony and Minol¬≠ta. For tent recom¬≠man¬≠da¬≠tions I can tell that I am very hap¬≠py with my Quee¬≠do . It‚Äôs a quick sys¬≠tem to build it up and water¬≠proof 100%. But a lit¬≠tle bit heavy for back¬≠pack¬≠ing, per¬≠fect if you trav¬≠el by car ūüôā take a look on it.
      Have a good day! ūüôā

    1. I don‚Äôt even smoke weed. But luck¬≠i¬≠ly we have dif¬≠fer¬≠ent real¬≠i¬≠ties, like every¬≠body has it‚Äôs own. Peace, have a nice day! ūüėČ

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