Kick off of 2016

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We started the new year with a trip to Nerja, Spain in order to visit my sister-in-law and to see her newly purchased apartment. We’ve had 6 great days in Spain and enjoyed being away from home and just relaxed and gathered energy. Of course we’ve had lots of tasty tapas too!

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Tomorrow it’s time to go back to work after 3 weeks of vacation. I’m quite eager to get into the normal daily life again, although it’s been very nice not having to wake up at 5.15 every morning. 🙂 Pretty soon life will be busy and stressful again and then I will remember this fantastic view. Can it get any better?

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Departure

Our last day on Tenerife was very calm. As we had a late flight we could take it easy all morning long and checked out at noon. At 1 pm the transfer bus picked us up and 40 minutes later we were in the airport.

I have to say that the (south) airport on Tenerife was fantastic at least for us flying with Norwegian. No line whatsoever. Within 15 minutes of arriving at the airport we had both checked in and gone through the security checkpoint!

The view from our flight around Tenerife were fantastic too! Luckily the captain turned off the seatbelt sign just in time for me to be able to start my iPhone and capture a photo of Teide.

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And somewhere over France I enjoyed a beautiful sunset…

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My brother picked us up at the airport in Stockholm and we arrived at our apartment at midnight.

Sunday evening I “enjoyed” another departure as it was time for me to go back to Linköping. I have a important meeting tomorrow morning so instead of taking the 6am train (I usually take the 7.20am train) I decided to go today already. Mathias waved goodbye at the train station but before that we ate dinner at The Bishops Arms. They had a very yummy Toast Skagen.

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Last dinner

For our last dinner here on Tenerife we decided to try another one of the not included restaurants. We ate teppanyaki at a restaurant called Nami. They served sushi as well but as we haven’t eaten teppanyaki since living in the US it was quite easy to make the decision even for someone like me who loves sushi.

Everything tasted fantastic! The fried rice, chicken, beef tenderloin and the crepes for dessert. The miso soup didn’t have enough taste to me but usually don’t like that type of soup anyway.

We were all alone at the teppanyaki table so had plenty of room for ourselves and the chef’s full attention. Here are a few photos from tonight’s dinner experience:

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Yellow submarine

As we were high above sea level yesterday we thought it was only fitting to go below today. 🙂

Submarine Safari offers an 1-hour ride below the surface watching fishes. It was a cool experience and we saw plenty of fish. Suddenly a diver showed up and it was even more fishes around the submarine. 🙂

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The afternoon we spent together with my friend Jenny and her family. When we talked last week both of us got very surprised when we realized we’d booked a trip to Tenerife the same week and would only be 30 minutes away from each other. Of course we had to meet up!

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Culinary highlight

Our evening at the fine dining restaurant “Duo” here at the resort turned out fantastic. Our first meal at the resort that we’ve really enjoyed. Both of us are very picky when it comes to the culinary area and we prefer eating an exceptionally meal. We are definitely gourmets rather than gourmands.

Tonight we enjoyed a mango soup (which we didn’t order, but was served anyway), four types of tapas for appetizer, a Steak Diane (my main course), a lamb dish (hubby’s choice) and lastly a chocolate soufflé. Everything tasted fantastic… we left with happy stomachs. 🙂

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Teide

We’ve had another fantastic day on the road today. We’ve spent it under, in and above the clouds during our car trip to Teide.

Photos says more than words so here are some of the fantastic scenery and views of today:

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And for all of you wondering where my food photos are, here goes… enjoyed another fantastic lunch today, a fish with potatoes and avocado.

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Next time we travel I think we’ll go with half board… we’ve been more satisfied with the meals outside the resort than in. Might change tonight when we’ll visit one of the restaurant which is not included in the hotel stay. They have three restaurants that guests need to pay extra for.

Winding roads

This morning we got our rental car delivered and away we went. Our planned journey for the day was drive north from Alcala to visit the towns of Masca and Garachico and a few others in between.

A friend had informed us about Masca and the horrifying roads to get there. I didn’t think much about it originally because we have lived in the Rocky Mountains after all. We didn’t get far up on the road towards Masca and I changed my mind… they were tiny with sharp curves… they were terrifying to go down! I’m so glad Mathias was driving and not me! I’m also glad that we met the bus on our way up and not down! 🙂

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It was very crowded in the town of Masca so we didn’t find a parking space so we could explore the town but we got some fantastic photos of it from a distance.

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In the town of Garachico we ate a late lunch, a fantastic sea bass fillet with garlic sauce. One of the best meals so far here in Tenerife! The view from our table was pretty great too…

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While eating a few trucks filled with bananas passed by.

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After lunch we started the drive back towards Alcala. Once again we drove up and down through lots of sharp turns. These were much better though as the road was wider! We arrived at Mirador de Garachico which offered a fantastic view of the town where we ate lunch.

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At another place we were above the clouds. It was only 13 degrees Celsius outside but out I went in my short sleeved blouse and skirt. Got fantastic photos so I won’t complain.

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