I have always felt the pull of foreign lands, but until my family were settled with families of their own these were only pipe dreams. My husband and I first mooted the idea of moving to another country over a bottle of wine while staying in a gite in Siorac-de-Ribérac some 30 years ago. I was obviously more committed than he was as every holiday we went on I would longingly look in the estate agents windows and dream of living in the sun. Eventually the light dawned that I was not going to give up and completely out of the blue he said, ‘start looking for a new life’ – it was time to stop talking and throw caution to the wind.
We had never been to Tenerife, having always assumed, like many, that it was full of lager louts and loud music. However desperate for some winter sun we came over and immediately fell in love with the diversity, people and way of life. Tenerife was so totally different from our general perception. Six months after that winter break we were residents and don’t regret the decision. Our life is quite laid back; nothing is done in a rush. Whenever possible my aim is to spread the word that Tenerife is much more than a sun, sand and sea resorts. It is all things to all people, whatever you want from your holiday or indeed your life, you will find it on the island.
However my blog is not just about giving travellers advice on making the best of the island – but it is a place for me to write about the things I personally enjoy, the good, the bad, the weird, in fact whatever happens to pop into my head. It is the way I see things, sometimes opinionated, sometimes cantankerous, and sometimes cynical.
I always thought blogs were for the really clever folk, the professional writers or photographers, who would use them as a showcase for their work. Then I have realised – hey I can do that, it doesn´t have to be slick, it doesn’t have to be written to please anyone but myself. And it is seeing the number of people who have read this blog to date that makes me realise people are sick of the slick gloss that is churned out because someone is paying a dollar a word, real travellers want real experiences.
So what will the Red Queen find to write about?
My adopted home – Tenerife not just as the tourist sees her but also what it is like to live here. Warts and all!!
Travel – One of my great loves.
Eating – Oh yes, I will be adding reviews of some of my favourite places as well as recipes that I have adapted over the years.
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