Las Ledas to Mazo

May 30, 2010

This morning I carried on walking along the footpath around the island. I started in Las Ledas, where I stopped last week, and walked up to the summit of Montaña de las Breñas, where you get an amazing view. Then I carried on along the path to Mazo. I had planned to get to Montaña de las Toscas, that’s the southern end of Mazo, and I wanted to get to…


Folk Music for Canary Day

Like everywhere else, the Canaries have their own folk music, and no, it’s not “The Birdie Song.” The group Alfaguara will be performing folk music and dancing in traditional costumes on Saturday night, the 29th of May, in the car park in Cancajos.  (Presumably, this means the big one at the north end of the village, opposite the Centro Cancajos.) And  Barlovento has a fiesta, also this weekend.  I haven’t…

May 28, 2010

It’s been a busy week. I decided to do a bit less routine cleaning, and a bit more decluttering, since the decluttering should last a bit longer. I started on the messy shelves in the hall, got enthusiastic, and spent hours on it. I’ve even ordered some more shelves, which should arrive in about a week. I went to a funeral on the other side of the island. It was…

May 27, 2010

The footpath around La Palma

May 22, 2010

Because I’m slightly nuts and seriously unfit, I’ve taken it into my head to walk all the way around the island (in easy stages, of course). Luckily there’s a long-distance footpath to follow, the GR 130, all nicely marked. I want to do the southern half first, because it’s flatter. (Please note, flatter, not flat.) I hope to be a bit fitter before I tackle the seriously steep bits around…


Electricity Prices in Spain and Rumour-mongering

Apparently there’s an article going around the Internet that Spain’s economic troubles are entirely due to its green energy policy producing “sky-rocketing” power costs. I live in Spain. I just dug out my old electricity bills and worked it out. Over the last five years, the cost of electricity’s gone up by 7%. That’s 3% more than inflation. Not ideal, but hardly “sky-rocketing.” Spain’s economy is struggling. We have a…

May 21, 2010