Making Friends, a New Beach and a Devastating Disappointment

Well it’s been quite the roller coaster ride these past few weeks ending in not-so-nice news.
But first …

While we were looking for another apartment to move to, we stumbled across this little pub, called The Crazy Horse Bar, in a cul de sac at the top of a hill.

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Fascinated, we went in and were delighted to learn that it was a pub mainly frequented by British expats that lived in the area. Homely furnishings and incredibly friendly people, I decided that this was where I wanted to be and that I wanted to live close by so that I could make friends and become part of the community.

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We got invited back the following Saturday to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.

Saturday came and we arrived late afternoon. All the ladies were dressed up in various British colours

and they all brought food for us to eat – bangers and mash, curry and so on. They played songs I hadn’t heard for a long time and we all had a sing-a-long. Fun!

A few days later, we went to Melanara where we heard there was a lovely beach. Melanara is home
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The story behind this giant statue is that Sculptor Luis Arencibia carries the sea in his piercing stare, as did poet Rafael Alberti. The Atlantic glint in his eye has an explanation and an origin. As a boy, the artist used to swim out to the point of volcanic rock (where Poseidon now stands) that poked out over the sea on the south side of Melenara Beach. Many years later, Arencibia would create a four metre high bronze sculpture of Neptune that still towers over the area to this day, and which allows the lord of the seas to look out over his kingdom from his watch tower.

It’s also home to sprawling hotels and resorts!

We eventually found a parking space (did I mention that parking is a huge problem in the Canaries?) and made our way to the beach. On our way in, there were a couple of people working on sand sculptures and asking for donations if you want to take photos.

And then there’s a boardwalk with the beach on one side and restaurants and bars on the other

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Haha! I love the way they make ‘patios’ anywhere. Getting thirsty, we spotted Paddy’s Bar and decided to stop in

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Paddy’s Bar was tiny with very friendly people. The drinks were expensive compared to the other places we’ve been to, but we soon figured out that Melanara is on the higher end of the holiday scale.

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Back at home, Lucy continues to hone her fly-catching skills and is getting quite good at it.

When she’s not catching flies, she’s getting up as high as she can so she can survey her domain from above. One of her spots is right next to the front door. Her aim is to scare everyone who comes through it.

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In between that, she’s living her best life

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Then, last week we received some devastating news. Our visa application had been denied by the Spanish Government. As disappointed as we were initially, we decided that we’re going to travel around until we find a place to call home. Next stop Belize! We fly out on the 29th!


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