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On Gran Canaria

By Two Point Four Children on Aug 29, 08 09:52 PM

Son No 2 received a phone call whilst we were on the ferry on the Atlantic Ocean travelling to the picture book town of Mogan, also known as Little Venice, because of its canals.

'Are you coming to the skate park?' The reply was, 'Sorry I'm in Gran Canaria...'

Round in shape and built on a volcano, lying centrally in an archipelago of islands, Gran Canaria is a World Biosphere Reserve with the greatest diversity of environments of all the Canary Islands including the best pine forests.

Varied ecosystems originate in the interior of island, which is very different to the coastal areas. An immense deep crater overlooks the centre of the island providing a drainage network of rainwater. Unfortunately as we only had a week we didn't have much of a chance to venture away from the coastal ports.

Son No Two had a wonderful time which was a relief as last time we went abroad to Turkey he spent most of the time in the apartment due to the intense heat (and the Turkish haircut which he regretted immediately). He made friends and immediately threw himself into pool life including rifle shooting, water volley ball, snake and eagle shows as well as visiting the bars in the main centre of Puerto Rico.

Until the night on the balcony he discovered a huge bleb on his shoulder. Despite all the high factor sun cream and sun block. Several visits to the nearest pharmacy resulted in some Balsabit cream and a sterile needle... More angry blebs quickly multiplied and he spent two days in the apartment pricking the blisters...

It was hot, the temperature by the pool soaring to forty degrees. The mountains of the interior of the island act as a barrier so the coastal areas are warm all year round.

We were ten minutes walk away along a coastline path rich with enormous cacti, scented exotic flowers and the odd lizard from the stunning Amadores Beach with its crystal clear waters and pure white crushed seashell beach imported from the Carribbean.

A sombre note one day on Amadores Beach was a one minute's silence for the Madrid to Gran Canaria plane crash which had occurred this week. We also were horrified to read in the newspapers about a jeep safari tragedy in Turkey, as we had participated in such an activity in Turkey a few years back...

One slightly overcast morning on the balcony we were greeted by our local pair of turtle doves as usual foraging for crumbs. As we looked out over the shimmering ocean we spotted what looked like a mountain rising magically out of the mist against the light sky. This turned out to be Tenerife which is around seventy miles away and apparently a very rare sight indeed...

The week flashed by and then we were unfortunately delayed at the airport until 3.10 am. We were given a letter which apologized for 'technical difficulties within the fleet of planes' and a voucher each for six Euros to compensate which we spent in Burger King.

We watched with amusement as bored kids whizzed up and down the tiled floors of the near empty airport on discarded luggage trolleys, attempting to perform wheelies and shrieking with laughter. Eventually we flew home after a full eight hour wait and arrived in freezing cold Glasgow at 7.20 am the following morning...

And of course it's back to work next week...

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