WE ARE IN TENERIFE!!
Let me just start off with saying that the sun is shining and it is about 25 degrees. I am wearing shorts and flip-flops and over a couple of days we are going to the beach. Also, I got a slight tan!
We arrived in Tenerife on the 15th. The ship was ‘parked’ in a bay. The day we arrived I had my kitchen shift. It was quite ideal because we could make the most amazing food since the boat wasn’t moving really much. For breakfast it was just the usual bread, cereal, etc. but for lunch we made pizza (home-made dough, as a snack a kind of fruit punch, as dinner a barbeque with pasta salad, and as dinner a chocolate chip cookie cake which turned out to have slightly too much butter so it became more of a butter cookie cake with chocolate bits. Nevertheless, it was still quite delicious.
Since we were lying in the bay, everyone went swimming. However, I had my kitchen shift so I couldn’t really jump in the water. I just heard some people jumping in the water, so I went outside to see what was going on. That was a bad idea, because before I knew it one of the crew members and a student picked me up and threw me into the water. I had on all my clothes and slippers. I came out of the water and sun dried for a bit. When I was semi-dry again I decided to go back to making bread; which is what I was initially doing. Someone decided I wasn’t going to make bread, so I got thrown in the water again. After that I actually wanted to take a shower to rinse of the salty water, but having my kitchen shift I wasn’t allowed to. So I made bread and I was dripping in salty water.
Anyway, after preparing everything for dinner, we were allowed to go on land (brought by the little motor boat). The land was a very big hill. So we decided to climb up the hill. However, Tenerife being a volcanic island is covered in rocks, thus so was the hill. Of course, I thought I would be okay in my flip-flops but this was quite the contrary. I almost fell down the hill a couple of times and also when you hold on to the rocks they sometimes come out of the mountain, so you still don’t have anything to hold onto. But with a few scratches and bruises I made it up and down the hill. It was all worth it though. The view at the top was magnificent. On one side there was sea, our boat, and in the distance you could see Santa Cruz, on the other side there were more hill and a very steep slope that led down to the sea. Unbelievably picturesque.
The day after that (16th) we motored to Santa Cruz and had our big clean up. Also, we had an emergency practice, for example when the ship starts sinking or something. The timing was slightly unlucky for one guy who was just taking a shower. So I had to run outside in his underpants and towel. After the big clean-up we got some time off and our phones back. Civilization! No, it isn’t actually that bad to be without phone or internet for two weeks. But it is really nice to be able to talk to your parents again.
We went in to Santa Cruz with a group of girls. Everything was really fun. We were enjoying the sun and after a lack of fruit we decided to get a fruit smoothie. At the smoothie shop I was looking for small change and put my wallet on the table. Then we left and apparently I left my wallet of table. As soon as I realized, which was about fifteen minutes later, I rushed back to the shop and asked if I had my wallet. Usually they find these kinds of things, but now they didn’t. In my wallet I had 20 euro, 50 euro from another girl, my ID card, and my pin card. I don’t know what the worst to lose is, but I think all of it sucks equally. I can’t somebody stole my wallet. All the ladies in the shop claimed that when the cleaned the table there was nothing there. They seemed quite serious, but you never know. Then again someone could have also passed and taken my wallet. I will never know. Now, we’re trying to go to the police but all the police say they don’t deal with stolen items so we have to go the main police station which is one hour out of time by foot. Luckily, we have a car so we will probably take it tomorrow to go to the police. That definitely ruined the night.
The day after that terrible night, we had an exchange with the British School of Tenerife. They’re school is nothing like mine. It is much smaller and not very international. Most of them speak Spanish or learned to speak Spanish, so they all speak Spanish with each other. The teacher attempt to make the students speak English but it doesn’t really work. However, they were really nice. At their school we first talked a bit to them, and then we had a tour at a hotel with a botanical garden, after that we ate some typical Spanish food, and as closure we played some volleyball against them. I failed miserably, since I have absolutely no skills for volleyball but luckily out of the five or six games we still won.
After we went to the British School we had a barbeque with the German version of what we are doing on this boat. During this barbeque, which was yesterday, I learnt that their boat, the Thor Heyerdahl, was once getting rebuilt so they needed another boat which became the boat I am now on, the Regina Maris. That is how the captain decided he wanted to have a Dutch version of what they do in Germany. However, I think the theory behind our boat is different than the theory behind the German boat. The Thor Heyerdahl students are part of the KUS project, which stands for Klasse Unter Segeln, classes under sails. Their boat is quite a bit bigger than ours, but personally I find ours has a lot more sphere.
Today we had another exchange with the British School of Tenerife. This time they came to our boat. I got the feeling that they had a really good time. We talked with them and showed them our home (the ship) and they had lunch. It was quite interesting. Three of the students were partly Dutch and also spoke Dutch. They were all really nice and we talked about everything with them. We will probably go to the beach with them on Sunday.
Tenerife itself is really beautiful. The landscape is really lush, due to the volcanic grounds (I learnt that yesterday in the botanical garden), and there are mountains/hills. However, the buildings kind of ruin it. They have a couple of big flats and the houses aren’t really well maintained.
We are going to climb El Teide, the volcano, from Monday to Tuesday. In the mean time we have to get things organized, buy some new stuff, do some school, etc.
Love from Tenerife,