Some of the perks to my job include travelling, not too often, but they have been in some interesting and fun places (for example: Madeira last March). I was quite excited when my first trip of 2018 was going to be to Las Palmas, in the Gran Canary Islands! Although we were there for work, my colleague (and good friend) and I made the most of our time there.
Once we arrived on Sunday evening, we went to find a tapas restaurant close to our hotel. When we sat down in Cañas y Tapas, our eyes were definitely much bigger than our stomachs as we order six tapas dishes: patatas bravas, grilled vegetables, fried aubergines, goats cheese balls, more cheese and the enormously “small” Spanish omelette. We almost ordered a large omelette and the waiter advised us not too… and thank goodness we listened! We had to give food away to the table next to us… which luckily consisted of 2 norwegian soccer plays who were more than happy to receive free food. The local digestives afterwards were much needed to say the least. And we enjoyed the food so much, we went back the next evening for round two. Needless to say the waitor was very pleased to see us again… we even sat at the same table. Why change a good thing, right?
We arrived two days before the meeting began, so we had a full day to venture around Las Palmas the following day. We shopped, dined and walked quite a bit (in order of quantity). I search out a vegan cafe for lunch using Happy Cow and ended up at Terra Incognita Biofood & Juices! This spot was super cute and the special of the day was a soup and salad combo… just the kind of fuel we needed for the rest of the day! They also had speciality drinks in house, such as kombucha, coconut water and homemade juices. Afterwards, we walked along the boardwalk by the black sands beach (Playa de Las Canteras)
The next two days were spent inside research and conference centres –so i will save you from the not-so-interesting conference ins and outs.
The last day of our “meeting” was an excursion around the island. Twenty-five of us boarded a bus and toured from Las Palmas’ historic center to see some key towns in the south and in the mountains. Our first stop was Fataga, which was a 20 minute drive from the coast, through windy narrow roads although the edges of steep rocky mountains. We stopped here for a walk around. The town was very small and well kept with the traditional Spanish houses and brick roofs. Next stop was Mogán: a coastal city ridden with German and British tourists looking for that Vitamin D. Gran Canaria has many micro climates and we experience three of them in one day! Coming from the mountains, we had to strip off our heavy sweaters and find our sunglasses! This coastal town was around 25 degrees. Our last stop was Melanoas to have our last tapas lunch and see the sand dunes of the south. Before we knew it, we had almost dranken the restaurant dry (thanks to our EU Financial Advisory Member…) and it was time to bus to the airport for our flight. We quickly we walked along the long promenade looking out over the sand dunes before hoping in the bus. I’ve never seen anything quite like it – It was beautiful! Although the trip wasn’t long enough, it gave us a good idea of the island and what to expect if we ever return!
Thanks for catching up! Talk soon xox