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Monday, April 19, 2010

why I only passed through Tenerife

these pictures explain why I did not spend any time in Tenerife (other than waiting for the ferry to La Gomera)
Note the high rise condos in the background of the IMO sad sailing cruise.
And the entertainer, who also appears like a sad story.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Heading home

Leaving in the morning from Vallehermosa, La Gomera. Taking the bus to the port, and then the ferry to Tenerife. Then a plane to Madrid, where I spend one night and fly out the next morning.

It has been a wonderful trip, with tremendous variety, but I am ready to be back home.

La Gomera, not a beach destination

I have been walking down to the beach almost every day. Very rocky, rough coast, dangerous to swim here, although some do. I certainly would not attempt it. There is a castle like ruin that used to house the crane that collected cargo from boats anchored off the beach. Looking at the waves I get some understanding of how difficult life has been here in the past.

La Gomera, Island scenes

Like most islands La Gomera has its own flora and microclimates. The trade winds blow over the island constantly, bathing the high peaks with a cloud forest climate, and the other side with a much drier climate and vegetation.
Familiar garden plants, but some that look completely strange.
Lots of different sedum family plants, some that look like big green roses.

La Gomera

Never been to Peru but the steep terraces and vertical volcanic spires remind me of pictures of Peru.
I have had some wonderful walks, some are quite long and push my limits. The trail guides must be written for the Germans, walks listed as easy, are quite vertical and take me about 2 more hours than described. I think I am a pretty good walker, but the inn keeper, Herman says a walk that goes up and around one valley and back down the opposite valley, he described as some doing before breakfast.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

La Gomera whistling language

On the ferry to La Gomera, the trip information was in 3 languages, Spanish, english and whistling!
Some resources on the whistling language of La Gomera

Unlike many languages this one appears to have hope of being saved, this article describes its origins and says that it is now taught in the schools on La Gomera.
Shepherds whistle while they work and brains process sounds as language

Here is a BBC sound file about the language

Compare the above to a whistled conservation from the Chinantec region of Oaxaca and Veracruz, Mexico. Article and sound files here