Saturday, 12 September 2015

Snapshot of the Summer

After a year of some ups but more downs, summer couldn't come soon enough. I always look forward to summer with the long hot days, blue skies, and trips abroad. I can't remember the last year I didn't have a holiday abroad in summer, perhaps it has never been the case! As you will probably know if you have ever read my blog before or checked out my photos or videos, I love to travel! This year I was definitely ready to get away. I decided a trip back to Lanzarote would do me good with the guaranteed good weather, beautiful beaches and cheap living.

Natural PoolsAlthough I had saved up some money from my previous job, I wanted to see if there was a way to live and work cheaply abroad. This is when I discovered +Workaway which is an amazing concept. There are literally thousands of hosts all over the world who are prepared to allow you to come and live and work with them, in exchange for food and accommodation. This is often the main expense when living abroad so this is the perfect combination. The work available is varied and is nothing too taxing (we are volunteers after all).

Cloudy Coast
I flew back out here to Lanzarote in mid July and have been here since then. I spent two weeks working at +Kalindi Lanzarote in the small village of Tao which was an awesome experience. The owners Roy and Nohemi are really great people with a lovely concept. Kalindi is super chilled out and a great place to distress. There are yoga classes every morning and lots of other activities to get involved in.

Two weeks at Kalindi flew by, and before I knew it I was onto the next place, Casa El Morro in Uga. This was also a very relaxing environment to live and work in, with helpful staff and friendly guests. Uga itself is located inland near the Parque Nacional de Timanfaya so there are some spectacular views of mountains and volcanoes.
Palm Tree Sunset

After one month in Uga I moved to the lively and interesting coastal resort of Costa Teguise at the end of August, and have been here since then. Here in Costa Teguise I have been working at the beautiful +Sands Beach Resort, as a copywriter for their blog and website. I would fully recommend Costa Teguise and Sands Beach Resort as somewhere to stay if you are thinking of coming to Lanzarote. Sands Beach Resort is a great place to relax or to stay active. You can choose how you want to spend your holiday there. Costa Teguise itself has all the shops, restaurants and beaches that you could need on a short holiday, but is also ideally located to access the rest of the island.

Nearby there are awesome sights such as this shipwreck:

Shipwreck

You also only a short bus ride away from the classy capital of Arrecife with its beautiful boat scenes and superb sandy beaches:

Beautiful boat scene

Beach Scene

A bit further along the coast you will reach Puerto del Carmen, the most popular tourist hotspot on the island. While it can be extremely busy, if you catch it at the right time you can be alone on the beach. Good things come to those who wait:
Enjoying the Moment

This has just been a snapshot of my summer which has been hugely enjoyable and a great way to unwind. I am now eager to continue exploring Lanzarote, and hopefully in the future the rest of the Canary Islands. In my opinion this quote is totally true "Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer".
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I will be back to blogging again more regularly after this break. Hope to see you again for my next post :D