Canary Islands (15)

Sunday, 23 October 2011 03:37

Los Amigos Backpackers Hostel is Just Amazing!

Written by Ken Ku
I have to admit that when I first booked the Los Amigos Backpackers Hostel online, I had absolutely no idea what I would be getting myself into.  All I knew was that it had 100% ratings and that was basically it.  On the map it seemed like it was super close to the airport and that transportation was convenient as well.  However, when I actually bought my ticket I found out there is actually two…
Thursday, 20 October 2011 05:53

Last Day on Tenerife! Three Weeks Has Passed Way Too Fast!

Written by Ken Ku
Today is my final night here at the Los Amigos Backpackers Hostel and I really don't want to leave.  It will be difficult tomorrow.  Saying goodbyes is never something I have been very good at and this time it feels especially tough.  I have grown so close to these people: Francesco, Ferdinado, Luigi, Federico, Diana, Lucia, Marta, Daniel, and Francesca. Lucia and I will be heading up to Tenerife Norte airport and that will be…
I just love going horseback riding.  I remember how excited I would get back in high school when I used to ride every weekend.  When I found out that there was a ranch here in Médano that offered trail rides, I knew that I had to go.  Then I found out more about Rebecca.  She used to be a German model and now she has retired here.  Rebecca lives in a very simple house without…
Sunday, 16 October 2011 18:51

Sleeping Outside Under the Stars

Written by Ken Ku
The past few nights I have been sleeping outside just gazing up at the stars, letting the cool breeze take off into the dream world.  I have only slept outdoors once before and that was on a camping trip in college and I have to say that sleeping outdoors is a very interesting experience.  After two days of sleeping out doors, I really wanted to spend the rest of my time here on Tenerife sleeping…
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:19

The Celebration Continues...With Poncha

Written by Ken Ku
The day started out pretty much the same as all the others: sitting outside enjoying the cool air for the brief few moments before the sun becomes too hot. Of course yesterday wasn't going to be ordinary.  It was the continuation of Lucia's birthday celebration as well as Canadian Thanksgiving.  There was plenty of preparation to do but since this is Tenerife, there was no rush to get everything done. I thought about what I…
There was a goal yesterday to do yoga on the beach but at 10 in the morning, the sun was already scorching hot and just being out for a few minutes was enough to burn.  Of course that is what sun screen is for but it just doesn't sound like a good plan to do too much physical activity in that kind of heat.  I did however find a new pose that I want to…
Sunday, 09 October 2011 05:32

Yoga at the Beach, Life is Wonderful

Written by Ken Ku
The weather here on Tenerife is starting to cool down but only in the mornings and at nights.  By cooling down, I mean 18C.  Still when the wind picks up it is enough to put on a long sleeve shirt.  This morning, after breakfast the sun wasn't too hot yet, Lucia, Luigi, and I went down to the closest beach to the hostel and did our morning yoga.  It was definitely a new experience for…
Saturday, 08 October 2011 05:46

A Day to Remember

Written by Ken Ku
Today started off fairly uneventful, woke up late and had the abundant free breakfast that the hostel always has available from 9 to 11 in the morning.  Today I decided to so something different.  I had two hardboiled eggs with a dash of salt each, some muesli with yoghurt, a grilled sandwich with cheese and tomatoes, and of course coffee.  It was simple but delicious. After checking some emails, I just laid in the sun…
Friday, 07 October 2011 18:44

Dinner by Candlelight

Written by Ken Ku
I have been eating more than ever since I've arrived here at Los Amigos Backpackers Hostel and last night I had dinner by candlelight with the everyone.  Lets just call them family.  That's certainly what it felt like, we all sat around the big round table outside, had a nice meal, and lots of laughs.  Even Diana's Dalmatian, Pana, joined us though she had her own food to enjoy.  It really will be my turn…
Thursday, 06 October 2011 05:25

Thanksgiving is Coming Up!

Written by Ken Ku
Thanksgiving is one of my favourite holidays, especially in Canada.  The weather is cooling off and the leaves are changing colour and the winter is approaching.  Though I live in Vancouver and our winters are quite mild, it is still an awesome feeling to be with family and to celebrate this time with good food and conversation.  Now I am on Tenerife, the sun is beating down constantly everyday and in the last few days…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 07:06

Taking Photos in the Rain

Written by Ken Ku
I was just getting ready to set up my camera to take a photo of the prized mango tree in the courtyard of Los Amigos for Ferdinando when it started to rain on Monday night.  It didn't rain hard but each droplet was large and in no time the ground was shimmering.  At first we almost abandoned our attempts for the night, then I remembered the beach umbrella!  It only took a few seconds to…
Monday, 03 October 2011 04:31

An All Day Birthday Celebration!

Written by Ken Ku
I celebrated my 27th birthday starting right at midnight today.  It really started last night at the bar in El Médano.  Right at 12:01am someone started to sing me happy birthday.  First in English, then in German, then Spanish, Italian, French, and ended with Arabic?  That might be the longest birthday song that will be sung to me for quite some time! The rest of the day today I went up to Los Abrigos to…
Monday, 03 October 2011 02:52

Strolled Around El Médano Last Night

Written by Ken Ku
I spent the day just lounging around the hostel yesterday and met many new people.  The hostel that I am staying at has a lot of Italians staying here and it is a good time to learn the language.  Since the hostel is smaller than the ones that I've been staying at before and it seems like many of the people are here for a longer period of time so it is nice to get…
Saturday, 01 October 2011 05:35

Spent the Day in the Sun...Got Dark

Written by Ken Ku
Today was an absolutely beautiful day to let it go to waste.  At first I wasn't too motivated to go out because I wanted to rest a bit from all the traveling I did yesterday.  However after talking to a Polish woman that I had met, I realized that it is her last day in town, I should hang out with her more.  That way not only will I get a better sense of where…
Friday, 30 September 2011 05:45

Tenerife is so Relaxing

Written by Ken Ku
Even though it was a frustrating and long travel day, as soon as Francesco picked me up from Tenerife Sur Reina Sofia Airport, I felt all the tension melt away.  I knew that I was really able to enjoy my time here.  I have absolutely no plans for the time I am here but I know that I will definitely enjoy the beaches and the ocean.  Possibly go scuba diving, several times (if I can…