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The Heart of Joy in Icod de Los Vinos, Tenerife

The carnival in Icod de Los Vinos is not among the grandest in Tenerife, but the vibrating joy is as colorful as it can be. The locals love to party and many volunteers make great efforts to carry on the large Latin American influence.  The winter has been colder than normal here on the northwest […]

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What I Learned from my First Medical Checkup in Tenerife

I have been in Spain for 18 months and my health has improved from the first grasp of air at Málaga airport. I have felt fine all the time so no need for any doctor. But a week ago, I decided to take a routine checkup and the result gave me a warning.  Our first base in Spain […]

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A Venezuelan Break in the Christmas Preparations of Icod de Los Vinos

The ties between Icod de Los Vinos and Latin America is strong. In the middle of the Christmas preparations here, people from all over the town gathered and celebrated Venezuela. A chilly Sunday of December suddenly became warm and people danced spontaneously to the music.  It is nice with breaks in the daily routines and a […]

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Free Wine and Wild Street Sledding in Icod de Los Vinos

Free wine for everyone and an old tradition of steep street racing make the festival of San Andres in Icod de los Vinos something very special. Local youth with small sledges race down the steepest streets in town while the new wine flows. Wow! What a fiesta!  The wineries of Icod de los Vinos are […]

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Clever Solution for Fishing Boats in Icod de Los Vinos

The rugged volcanic coast of Northern Tenerife can be tough. There are only a few places for the local fishermen to secure their boats during bad weather. In the old days, they pulled the boats up on the beach. But when the tourists arrived, the beaches became more valuable as playgrounds and the fishermen had […]

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Our Bold Move to Tenerife

My husband and I had a good life in La Herradura.  We rented a very quiet and central flat close to the beach, and I was happy with it. But the winter months can be a little cold and the summers too hot, so why not make it perfect by moving to a place with […]