A Great Experience

Have you ever had your cards read? I know not everyone believes in tarot cards, some think they are silly, some that they are a fraud and some believe – we are all different.

With my friend Carol staying, I thought we might try it as I know she likes that sort of thing and I’m open-minded and ready to give anything a shot, if it works great, if not I’ve learned a lesson for next time. So I had my cards read by Rob in Los Cristianos.

To be honest, I thought something along the lines of, “Read my cards, yeah right, I have so many things that I would love a little direction with but I seriously doubt someone reading cards can help”. Nevertheless, for fun, I agreed to go along and admit I was curious as to how it would pan out.

Carol had had readings before and told me ‘Don´t tell him anything’. We decided we would listen to each other’s readings because as close friends we might recognise something said that the other overlooked.

So, you want to know what happened. Okay!

First, I figured he would ask what do you want to know about. Nope, he didn’t ask a thing. He just explained what he would do and if we had any specific questions we could ask them at the end. Carol went first and chose her cards and I sat in silence and thought WOW! Some of the things he told her were so accurate, he couldn’t possibly have known as they only happened the previous day. He said she was confused did not know which way to step, and out of character for her, her emotions were ruling her head, Yup, he was right.

Then it was my turn. I’m not comfortable discussing the whole reading as it was personal but I will give you an idea of how it went.

He said I have a strong need to succeed and achieve and the word failure isn’t in my vocabulary. Okay, so anyone could guess that but let’s continue.

He said I have been pulled backwards and forwards by people all expecting a part of me and I was on the point of giving up. Which is true, I have been evaluating my life, spending time realising what is important to me, but there is no way he could have known that.

He nailed right on the nose my fear and confidence issues. It was scary. Let’s just say, I am often torn and probably worry too much rather than just make things happen. I know I’m capable, but still have doubts and I don’t talk about my fears so I know he hadn´t read it in my blog and it wasn’t something someone could have told him. He proceeded to tell me that I should keep going with whatever I was doing, not to give up because there would shortly be  ‘opportunities’ that would be beneficial to me and my family.

So what do I think about “The Cards?” All I can say is I’m now a believer. I personally feel that Rob’s readings can be trusted. I felt mine was accurate and touched on areas of my life I had never previously spoken aloud. I believe some people have a gift and are able to read cards, while others are gifted in other ways, so with the right person they are a powerful tool, but only with the right person. I think there are many fakes, who give tarot cards a bad name, it’s sad, but true, so I fully understand people wanting to be careful and not get scammed but for me all I can say is WOW!

FOOTNOTE: Exactly one week to the day after my reading and totally out of the blue, I received an offer from a major company to collaborate with them.  Now that is really spooky !!

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Hospitals in South Tenerife

I’ve been asked to add a post about the hospitals we have in the South of Tenerife, and whilst I have no personal knowledge of using these facilities, I have tried to find as much information to share not only with residents but also with tourists.

The Canary Islands have more private hospitals than any other region in Spain and you will need private medical or travel insurance to access their services.

Hospitals In South Tenerife:-

HOSPITEN SUR (Green Hospital)
Tel. 922750022 www.hospiten.es
Calle Siete Islas 8, Arona,
Staff speak English, German and other languages. Mainly private 24-hour emergency service. Outpatients Tel. 922751182 / 922751662

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Tel. 922752626 / 922792400 http://www.quironsalud.es/tenerife-adeje
Urbanization San Eugenio, Adeje
24-hour emergency service. House and hotel calls.

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A holidaymaker told me the following tale… He developed a lung infection; the symptoms became worse and resulted in a diagnosis of pneumonia. He went to the Quiron, had excellent treatment and care but at a cost. The initial admission tests were €230 followed by intensive care at €2000 euros a day. His travel insurance refused to pay as he should have visited a public hospital first and used his EHIC as stated in their terms and conditions!

So I stress – check your insurance to see where you should go if you need treatment.

There is only ONE public hospital (equivalent to NHS) in the south.

Tel: 922174744
Calle Delta, 9, Arona – Open 24 hours

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You can see it in the hills 2 miles above Los Cristianos. You may need an interpreter, some say the staff speak English, others say not, therefore if it is anything that cannot be diagnosed by looking it is best to take a translator.

On occasions and depending on the treatment required, the sick may be transferred to the public hospital in Santa Cruz

Tel: 922602000
Ctra. Gral. del Rosario, Santa Cruz – Public Hospital

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layout of candelaria hospital

The EHIC can only be used in public hospitals, in Tenerife South this means El Mojón and the Hospiten Sur, which is mixed private-public and it entitles the cardholder to any medically necessary treatment that cannot wait until they return home. You should have your passport or some sort of photo id as well as an up to date EHIC, (if you don´t have your card when you go to the hospital, expect to pay).

If your EHIC is lost or stolen, you should apply for a Provisional Replacement Certificate (PRC) that will provide you with the same cover as an EHIC until you return home. To apply, call the Overseas Healthcare Team +44 1912181999 (Monday-Friday 8am-5pm). You will need to provide your name – address – date of birth – National Insurance or NHS number.

In an emergency to call an ambulance dial either 061 or 112 but be aware that the Spanish health system works differently to the UK so unless a qualified doctor calls an ambulance it will have to be paid for by someone – that will be you or hopefully your insurance.

There are plenty of clinics in the south that provide excellent healthcare should you need it. To decide if you need a hospital or clinic I would suggest  if you have a bug, an ear infection, a bad case of sunburn, a sprained ankle, unexplained sickness, or a multitude of things that I would class as ‘walking wounded’ go to the clinic. They will give you any medications necessary, bandage you up or whatever is needed to get you back to health. If it is something more serious that may need a bed then go to the hospital. In both of these don´t expect them to speak English so if you can take someone to translate.

Below is a list of clinics close to the holiday resorts take your EHIC in an emergency.

Tel: 922 791 253 / 922 796 300
Avda. República Panamá, 3 (Playa de las Américas)

Tel: 922752474
Pueblo Canario, 238 (Playa de las Americas)
Monday – Saturday 9am – 2pm and 4pm – 8pm.
24-hour emergency service and house calls.

Tel: 922717172
Avenida Bruselas, Edificio Terrazas del Duque, Adeje,

Urb. San Miguel. Tel: 922330550 / 333712 and 333798
24-hour emergency service and house calls

Tel: 922390134
Avda. Santa Cruz, 140 (San Isidro)

Tel: 922785092
Avda. Galván Bello, 23, Las Galletas.

Tel: 922790486
Ed. Valdés Centre, Los Cristianos

I hope the above will serve as a helping hand to anyone that needs medical assistance, whether in an emergency or otherwise.


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Is there cloud in Puerto de la Cruz?

Over the years, I have watched on TripAdvisor the debate about the differences between the weather in the north and south of Tenerife. However recently it has grown more than heated, to the point where anyone who says the north is cloudy is lambasted. The result is page after page of posts removed and anyone wondering about the weather won’t have a clue as to what is happening.

As readers know, I write a daily weather blog and add it to the Facebook Group Tenerife 4 All. Fortunately, Sheila is a member of the group and she accepted the role of ‘Northern Weather Girl’. As she lives in Puerto, she is on the spot to say what is happening in the resort.

At the height of the ‘debate’, I said on Queenie’s blog  …

I read that today was likely to start grey but perhaps that was just the north of the island because it is a clear and sunny in Chayofa

Sheila’s reply was …

Correct here in the North it has started grey but I think the sun will break through very soon.

And, the above webcam images were all captured within minutes of each other showing the differences. I, therefore, don’t understand the constant animosity that TA generates when it comes to answering questions on the weather.

It is well documented that the Canarian archipelago has a unique climate that is determined by the trade winds. These blow in from the north and push low-lying clouds (bruma) up against the mountains, the result, the locals call ‘la panza del burro’ in English the belly of the donkey. The clouds often bring moist air with them creating what is known as ‘Horizontal Rain’ – not rain, in the true sense, but mist that provides constant moisture for the banana plantations, vineyards, and crops that flourish in the north of Tenerife.

November to February are generally the months most affected but even in summer, the clouds brought by the trade winds can sit stubbornly over Puerto making it frequently look grey.

However, every cloud has a silver lining, and this is what makes the north softer and greener.

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Keeping Kids Safe on the Beach

With tragedies happening on a regular basis the following is just a reminder to be careful while enjoying our beaches.

Fun in the sun and fun in the water are a perfect combination on a hot day, but you need to watch your kids at the beach, at the pool, in a water park, in fact anywhere where there is water. Safety needs to be put first, especially where kids are involved.

The following tips will ensure everyone has a wonderful time and comes home safely at the end of the day.

Children should never be left unsupervised in the water. It only takes seconds and just a few inches of water for an accident to happen. There are obviously going to be times that you cannot watch the kids. You might have to go to the bathroom so assign a guardian, to watch them in your absence. Tell them “You are in charge until I come back”. Make this someone specific, as you can’t assume that someone is going to naturally take over.


Make the lifeguard your friend – when it comes to the ocean, their knowledge is next to none. In one summer, these guys will spend more time on the beach than most people will in their entire lives. You should respect what they tell you and ask for help if you have a problem.

Teach your children to swim as soon as possible. Until they can, they should always wear a swimming vest. Other type of inflatables, are not always safe. Never ever, let your child take an inflatable mattress or other inflatables toys, into the water without supervision as currents can quickly take them offshore.


Fun in the sun means plenty of protection. Apply sunscreen early, as it needs about 15 to 20 minutes to absorb into the skin. While the label may say “waterproof,” no sunscreen is truly waterproof, and should be reapplied after swimming or every two hours. Also protect with a hat, light clothing, and lip balm.

Keep hydrated, it is easy to forget to have enough to drink. Often children are so busy having fun they may not let you know they are thirsty. Make sure you keep lots of water to hand and offer it to them often.

The beach should be a safe play area but children can get disoriented and get lost. A good idea is for them to wear an identification bracelet or to write your phone number on their skin or a garment that the child is wearing

Children playing in the water make noise. When they are quiet, you get to them quickly to find out why.

Know your swimming limitations if you think the water might be too rough for you, then err on the side of caution. Don’t put yourself or your kids into a dangerous situation and keep well away from areas that are known to have an undertow.

What is an undertow? Every day, some 6,000 waves break on any given beach. They push water up the beach and gravity pulls it back down, as backwash. When big waves break on the beach, a large uprush and backwash of water and sand are generated. Beachgoers feel like they are being sucked underwater when the wave breaks over their head – this is undertow. Swimmers will be tumbled around roughly. It is typically dangerous for children who can’t walk up the beach against the strong flow.

Recognize when someone is in trouble – tell your child if they see anyone in trouble do not try to help but to alert you or call 112.


Enjoy the beach this summer but please take care.


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The sparkle that is Arona

I use the expression “sparkle” literally for Arona’s Golden Mile, (Avenida de Las Américas) is full of glitter and glitz. While fairly well known, it isn’t famous enough to be included in Wikipedia’s Golden Mile listings, but for those who love Tenerife’s classiest shopping area it could be Las Vegas.


Friday evening when temperatures were in the mid-thirties, we met a friend for dinner. As we drove down, there were signs that the road was closed to traffic then I remembered I had mentioned in Queenie’s Blog there was a craft fair this holiday weekend.

As we came out of the car park, market stalls lined the road. We paused for a moment to survey the flamboyant scene, people with bags, families casually browsing and lovers strolling hand in hand.

Tenerife’s thriving arts and crafts scene is often linked to fiestas and on this occasion, local artisans display a wide range of hand produced goods. The mixed bag of stalls included toys, ceramics, embroidery, woodwork, as well as jewellery. As we walked down the road, the smells of Vanilla, Rose, and Jasmin fill the air from the handmade soaps.

After our meal, we sat on the seafront wall like three kids dangling our feet and licking ice cream cones as we watched the world go by.

We recognised the middle-aged street artist seen earlier in Fund Grube with his young girlfriend whose rear end could give Kim Kardashian competition. It was hard to say what she looked like with her booty so big and her waist so small. It was all a bit hypnotising to be honest.

The PR guy clad in black looking like he was auditioning as an old-school mob boss for “A Bronx Tale“. He smiles at the punters but when they refuse his menus, he mumbles “cheap bastard” as they continue on their way, funny, he does it all the time.

As we finally headed to the car, we heard the sound of music. Amongst the fairy lights, twinkly restaurant signs and colourful stores a group of traditionally clad folk entertained passers-by. The dancers, their garments fluttering, in the evening breeze, moved like water transformed by the music. They advanced, retreated, pirouette, their arms waving above their heads as they flowed and swayed in graceful arcs, limbs in constant motion. They brought a wordless interpretation of rhythm, in a way the audience could understand no matter what their language.

Never let it be said that tradition isn’t in south Tenerife, it creeps up unexpectedly and allows residents and visitors the chance to get to know local traditions and for a short while to ‘feel Canarian’.

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