Dear readers, how are you?
I am very well and apparently look really well too, as I got back from my 2-week sunny holiday in Fuerteventura with my boyfriend early on Sunday morning.
Fuerteventura is the second largest Canary Island and just off the coast of Africa. It was really hot there but completely bearable thanks to the persistent wind (when it drops it’s a real-time reminder of the island’s proximity to the Sahara desert).
It may not be so sustainable to jet off so far away for a holiday, but I see travelling as the perfect way to get to know our planet a tiny bit more and as an opportunity to fall in love with something new and unknown.
If it hadn’t been for my year in China I would never have developed into the person that I am now, passionate about the environment and committed to make this work towards discovering more about what I really believe in.
We managed to do lots of exciting things while we were away, we swam in the ocean, explored Corralejo in the North and Morro Jable in the South of the island, went to the sand dunes, spent a day in Lanzarote, fed the cutest chipmunks, tasted lovely food and I finally had a chance to speak Spanish to the locals.
We were what seemed to be the only people at our hotel who didn’t book an “all inclusive” stay so I made a few meals in our room (it had a little hob!) and tried new food around the island the rest of the time.
2 types of pasta, chopped tomatoes, red onions, olives, seasoning: simple, quick and lovely after a windy day at the beach 🙂
How come I have never seen these delicious flavours in the U.K.?!?
The Canary Islands are of volcanic origin, Fuerteventura is pretty old but Lanzarote is a younger island and the last eruption took place only 200 years ago and some volcanoes and still very hot just a few feet beneath their surface.
Unfortunately there are ongoing negotiations taking place to build oil rigs off the coasts of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote as these have sources of oil.
There have been several protests against this as the locals are more than aware of the importance of investing in renewable, sustainable energy sources, especially for these naturally extremely windy and sunny islands.
In addition to this, all the risks that come with building oil rigs would just be an accident waiting to happen: what would happen to the beautiful ocean ecosystem and all the amazing creatures within it in the case of a spill?
And how bad would the effects on tourism be?
I had a great holiday and learned and experienced so much.
I am full of ideas for upcoming posts and can’t wait to get started properly.
Have you been or are you going on holiday this year? Where?
What does travelling mean to you?