I woke up to the sound of the pouring rain. First, I thought that I was just dreaming. Then I looked outside our balcony. Our towels and our swimming attires were soaked and the sky was grey. I thought that I’d never see the sun for the rest of the day and that we’re stuck in the hotel. I went back to sleep and when I woke up it’s already almost 11 a.m. It means that my bf and I should move our ass out of the bed right away if we want to eat breakfast in the hotel restaurant. This time the rain stopped and the sun was up. My bf and I had no plans but you know Norwegians when the sun is up there is only one thing in their mind, to get a tan. I almost forgot that the weather in Tenerife is way different from home. Rain doesn’t have to last the whole week. We spent our day at the hotel with the bf’s family and enjoyed unlimited foods and drinks by the pool. How cool is that?
Day 4,5,6 and 7
Even though our hotel is almost perfect, I didn’t limit myself from just staying on the hotel’s premises. Tenerife has a lot to offer and staying at the hotel for the rest of the trip would be a waste of vacation days. Anyways, here are some of the things that I did during my stay at Costa Adeje Tenerife.
I also met some amazing people when I was there. I usually don’t talk to strangers or initiate a conversation with someone I don’t know but I’m quite friendly and talkative when people start talking to me. So, the first one that I met is a Chinese waiter from Taiwan. He’s working at Intercontinental restaurant at Playa La Pinta. He asked me where I’m from and I told him I’m from the Philippines residing in Norway. From there we exchanged stories. The second one is a psychologist from Berlin. I met her at the same restaurant, same evening I met the Chinese waiter. She was too sitting alone in the restaurant. She too asked me when I’m from and since we’re both alone that evening, I’ve decided to join her table.
I hope you all enjoy my Tenerife posts. Thank you and have a nice day!
“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.”
― Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon
Our hotel is located on the right side of the motorway. Just a 2-minute walk from Gran Sur shopping mall. When we went out of the hotel on the second day, we didn’t take the cab because we wanted to take our time exploring the place. The picture below reminds me somehow of the place where I grew up in the Philippines because I grew up near a shopping mall and a motorway.
Anyways, the bf led the way since he knows where the beautiful places are as he has already been here one time before and besides he has a better sense of direction than me.
Tenerife is more than its beaches. There is also shopping. Lots of it! So if you’re into shopping but at the same time wants to experience the island life then Tenerife is the right place for you. My bf knows me well so he took me to a shopping mall. After checking out the shops, I’m proud to say that I resisted the temptation from buying stuff here. Haha!
Then just around the corner, I found a fast food restaurant, Southern Fried Chicken or SFC for short. Is it me, or it’s just that it sounds like the famous American fast food chain? BF and I took a break here. I had one piece of chicken breast with fries and he had a sausage. The price is not bad considering the size of the menu. I ordered the smallest chicken meal they had. I only paid circa 3 euros. The chicken tasted good and yes SFC has satisfied my KFC cravings.
Moving on, the first beach stop is Playa la Pinta. It is a small beach but a lively one. There, we met my bf’s family, enjoyed the sun and found Restaurante El Puerto. The children got ice creams, the bf, his siblings and dad got drinks and I had a crepe with ice cream. This is one of the restaurants that I recommend here at Playa la Pinta because the service is really good and the staff are friendly and good at entertaining kids.
Playa la Pinta
The bf’s sister shopping for flip flops
Restaurante El Puerto
Crepe with icecream
The bf’s dad
One of the shops by the beach.
What I love about the beaches in Tenerife is that using sunbeds and straw umbrellas is free of charge. All you have to do is to relax and have fun.
This is my take on the Daily Post photo challenge, ornate. This is inside the majestic La Sagrada Familia church which was designed by a Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. I can say that Gaudi did a very good job. I went here in 2012. I remember waiting to get inside for an hour in the scorching heat of the sun, but I didn’t mind. The wait’s worth it. The place is rich in history and culture. I couldn’t ask for more.
Second day was rather a relaxing day. Headed to Barceloneta Beach around 11am and stayed there for at least 2 hours sunbathing and swimming. We could’ve stayed longer but I forgot to bring my sunblock.
The beach was crowded but we didn’t mind. The only thing that annoyed us were the sellers who kept coming back even though we’ve already turned them down thrice!
At 12 o’clock
At 2 o’clock
At 10 o’clock
Panorama shot of the beach
After the beach, we went to KFC and bought a bucket meal! 😀 I was really happy because it’s been 2 years since I last tasted KFC’s crispy chicken (that was in Manila in 2010). I wish KFC would come to Norway.
Since we just relaxed and took the night when we arrived at the hotel, we were full of energy the following day. I admit that I was very excited to go out and explore the city. After eating breakfast at 9.30am we began walking to the metro station. Our hotel is circa 2-3 blocks away from the station and a block away from the World Trade Center. The temperature was around 25 degrees Celsius and that’s under the shade. Imagine our faces walking under the sun then! We were hopeless. :p Kidding! Well, we live in Norway so for us anything above 15 degrees is way too warm. >.< However we do appreciate the sunny days we get because we do not have it often.
Barcelona is a big city so we had to plan our sightseeings in order to save time, money and energy. Our first plan was to go to the famous Barcelona Cathedral.
We took the metro from Almeda station (it is the nearest station to Campanille Hotell Cornella, the hotel were we stayed) to Marina station. When we got out of the station, we found out that we took the wrong route! So we asked a middle aged woman in a souvineer shop we found on the way, but there was a problem, they could not understand us (language barrier dot com)! They do not speak nor understand English (we’re screwed! lol). But wait a girl teenager came who I think is her daughter spoke to us. She could understand us (finally!! :D), she told us where to go even though she is not that good in English but we understood her and we owe her our life! Gracias! 🙂 hihihi…
Inside the Metrotrain. On our way to Espanya Station.
The instruction was to walk on the main road, then just walk recto. Then after a couple of minutes, we found a park. 🙂 Again, we checked our map and were surprise to find out that it is the Parc de la Ciutadella. The park is located east for the old part of the city.
My own postcard of Parc de la Ciutadella
Ping Pong tables
The Cascade Fountain
My background, Museu de Ciencies Naturals (Castell dels Tres Dragons)
Arc de Triomf is not far from the park. 🙂
So we walked and walked wherever our feet lead us to…
We stumbled upon a mask shop, Arlequi Mascares at Carrer de la Princesa. They are selling Venetian masks in different shapes and sizes. Also masks for different types of occasion. As you can see, I took pictures inside the shop, which I found out later that it was not allowed to do inside the shop (silly me!).
Tada! Destination reached! Barcelona Cathedral
I got dissapointed here because I was not allowed to go inside the Cathedral because my dress is above the knee.
Antiques for sale outside the Cathedral
Mercat de la Boqueria
Mercat de la Boqueria is Barcelona’s most famous market. Here you can find fresh fruits, meat and vegetables.
Dunkin Coffee or Dunkin Donuts in other Countries
At La Rambla
Port de Barcelona
Mare Magnum Mall
Moving on, Barcelona is indeed a beautiful city. It is like a museum, an outdoor one, lots to see and lots to learn. Even though there is a language barrier, I felt like I was home at some point. Probably it is because some of my ancestors were Spanish and the fact that Philippines have been a colony of Spain or it could be that I just fell in love with this city! What do you think? ❤