Tenerife

We've been so busy with getting ready for Christmas and the baby and doing other things that we haven't even had time to poop. But some how we managed to fit in a week long vacation in Tenerife, Spain, which is one of the Canary Islands. Stefanie is now 5 months pregnant and already can't really move so well, so this was one of those typical "laying on the beach in the sun drinking cocktails (non-alcoholic of course)" kinds of vacations.

Any time you want to go somewhere and stay in the same hotel the entire time, the best thing to do is to organize the trip through a travel agency who will give you some packaged deal. Which is exactly what we did. For ~650Euro per person our package included the flights, 7 nights in a 4 star hotel, breakfast, dinner and a rental car for 4 days. If we reserved earlier we would have gotten a better price, but this was still a significant discount. However, booking a trip this way also means that the hotel will be in a super tourist area. We stayed in Playa de Fañabe, which is at the edge of a large city stretching 5 miles along the coast with nothing but hotels, restaurants and beach shops.

If we stayed on the beach the whole time I think I would have died of boredom. I can only sit still for so long. But that's why we got the car. One day we drove through the center of the island. Tenerife is a volcanic island, and a large volcano, Mt. Teide (the highest mountain in Spain), dominates the island. A large part of the island is over 5000ft altitude and there are 6 different climate zones. We probably drove through most of these on the way up to the mountain. In the National Park, there are lots of places where you can see old lava flows and different rock formations. It was all very neat and beautiful; I had never seen any place like this before.

We also took trips to other non-tourist beaches and small towns. I even went hiking one day while Stefanie stayed at the pool. And one day we went on a whale watching trip, where we saw lots of dolphins and small whales (that look very much like dolphins).

That was pretty much the whole trip. Now we're back in Bremen with 20°F weather, putting together our Ikea furniture for the baby and thinking about where to put all the stuff.

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