Relaxing and Planning 2020
10.30.2019 - 11.15.2019
We arrived on Tenerife in the Canary Islands two weeks ago after leaving Marrakesh (by way of Gatwick, of course!). It's warm and sunny here and we're staying in the best place we have ever stayed during our time traveling. We have an unobstructed view of the water from every room and a huge balcony to while away the hours.
The ever-present sound of waves crashing against the rocky volcanic coastline lulls us as we watch tourists para-gliding, para-sailing, jet-skiing, and sailing during the day and watch the sun set every night.
And it's good we have this place to relax because we both got sick on the trip here and have been recuperating. Most days are really quiet and we spend hours reading - even Scott has read two books! We have ventured out once so far though.
SANTIAGO DEL TEIDE
Southern Tenerife is dominated by the view of Mount Teide. Teide is a volcano that is the highest point in Spain and the highest point above sea level in the islands of the Atlantic at an elevation of 12,198′ and also by Roque del Conde, a "table top" mountain just outside Costa Adeje where we are staying.
Teide even has a bit of snow on the top still. Apparently it will start snowing again up there this month.
We drove around the southern coast and up into the mountains towards the town of Masca. As we climbed in elevation the weather turned downright cold and the clouds hanging on the mountains were full of mist. We stopped in Santiago for lunch, leaving Masca further up the road for another day when we could bring the proper clothes!
We opted instead to head back down to the coast and the massive cliffs called Los Gigantes. The drive down is filled with corkscrew turns and views down to the villages.
We were surprised by how green it was - almost like cloud forest.
And then at the bottom you reach the massive cliffs.
We drove back down the coast past hundreds and hundreds of acres of banana plantations, almost 9,000 hectares to be exact. It's quite a sight.
COSTA ADEJE/PLAYA DE LAS AMERICAS
But most of our time is spent here along the waterfront. This area was built up starting in the 60's and today is a solid stretch of hotels, apartments, shopping, and restaurants. All along there is a walkway with overlooks to the best views and bars and restaurants serving cold drinks at sunset. Most travelers here are European, mainly British. In fact, we always elicit comments on how few Americans travel here. I would definitely put it on your list though as it's such a beautiful place.
SETTLING IN VIETNAM IN 2020
As I mentioned in an earlier post, we've decided to try a new approach in 2020 of picking a single spot to live and then doing trips from there. After a lot of research into visa requirements, weather, natural distaster risk, food, politics, cost of living and quality of life, we've settled on Nha Trang, Vietnam. We want to explore Southeast Asia and it will be a good home base from which to do it. The weather is good, the monsoon season is shorter, there's a good airport and good diving for Scott and it's a fairly large city located on a beautiful beach. We're really excited for this next chapter!