Sunday, 3 May 2015

Zoo Day

It was a while ago now that I went to Fuerteventura (March, you seem like a distant memory) and I already want another holiday desperately. I was looking through my pictures to reminisce and came across a load from our day trip to the Oasis Park Zoo in Fuerteventura. 

I love a good zoo day. On the one hand I feel terrible that these amazing animals are in captivity instead of out in the wild where they should be, but on the other hand, a lot of these animals have already been taken from their natural habitat for various reasons. At least in a (good) zoo they are well cared for, fed and often they're able to breed rare species too. On the whole, I would rather see the animals in a zoo than I would wiped out by forresters or poachers in the wild.

The Oasis Park Zoo in Fuerteventura offer the chance to sign up for extra experiences, so I was able to do a camel safari and head to feeding time with the lemurs. I've never done either of these things, so already the day was off to a great start. The lemur experience was my absolute favourite, the lemurs are so inquisitive and they also had two of the most adorable babies I've ever seen, holding on tight to their mum's bellies. See if you can spot them in the pics!

I spy a baby lemur!

The other thing that I really liked about this zoo, was that is felt as though they'd made a real effort to recreate the environment that each animal would inhabit in the wild. From lush forest greenery to dry sandy lanscapes with palm trees, it was all there!

Check out the smile on this cutey!
This guy was eager to get in the shot!

Till next time, Shel x

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

To Lanzarote for a Day #2

So last time I left you, I was being driven away from the Volcano through miles and miles of volcanic rock. After we left the area, we were taken to an Aloe Vera factory where they explained more about the uses of Aloe Vera and did a few demonstrations, including slicing it up and eating the inside - yuck! 

Can't say I was all that keen to start chowing down on raw Aloe Vera but I was intrigued to know that you can ingest it, as I would only ever have thought to use it on skin. I forgot to take any pictures from this stop on the trip because I was busy rubbing gooey Aloe Vera into my skin and perusing the shop.

Next on the list was a visit to a vineyard where we got to sample some wine (far too sweet for my liking) and stopped for lunch.

 After that we went on to discover a black sand beach and directly opposite, a vibrantly green pond, which gets it's colour for algae and is connected somewhere underneath to the sea. We had a walk across the cliff top to see the green pond and once again, it was pretty darn windy! The sun had come out at this point though and it was a gorgeous afternoon, sigh.

It was time to head back to the harbour and hop onto our boat which would take us back to Fuerteventura, via another 45 minute crossing *groan*.

Thankfully for me, the sea seemed a lot calmer and I also chose a different seat more in the centre of the boat. No idea if that's meant to help with sea sickness but I certainly didn't feel bad on the way back. It also helped that the sun was shining down on us and I was able to enjoy the leisurely sail back, basking in the warm rays and watching all the kite surfers. Not bad, not bad at all.

Until next time...

Shel x

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Friday, 17 April 2015

To Lanzarote for a Day #1

While I was on holiday in Fuerteventura, we were offered various excursions, one of them being to nip over to Lanzarote for the day to see the active Volcano (Timanfaya).

Now, we were assured by our rep that the journey from Fuerteventura by boat was very quick at around 15 minutes.  I historically do not do well with boat trips, especially in the choppier waters around the Canary Islands ( I once spent an entire day being creatively sick in at least five different locations on one boat) but come on, 15 minutes I can deal with.

 So imagine my dismay when we climb aboard our vessel to be told by the trip coordinator that the crossing will actually be 45 minutes. Fml. She then cheerfully told us that if we do feel sick, to look to the horizon and focus on that as it's the only stable thing when on a boat.

Cue me gripping the side of the boat (white knuckles and everything) breathing in through the nose, out through the mouth, fixed rather dementedly on the horizon. Pretty certain I drew some curious looks my way and sounded as though I was in the throes of labour (if that's how I cope with a rough boat ride what on earth would I do during actual labour?!).

Eventually the journey came to an end and with my breakfast still in my stomach (just) I boarded the coach that was to take me to the Volcano. The rest that followed was a bit of a blur because I was still feeling some what woozy but I managed to get a few snaps on my camera then my phone when the camera battery ran out (of course). 

Trust me when I tell you that if you're sleepy on the coach journey, you'll soon wake up when you step outside - the wind up there was so strong I did a really cool stumble backwards and my entire jacket inflated and billowed out. Not in a superhero way but like one of those weird inflatables you see outside furniture shops. Why on earth those things are meant to make you go and buy a bed I do not know. Anyway, now that I've painted the image for you, lets continue.

We were then treated to a few displays to demonstrate the Volcano's powers (there were no sacrificial offerings to the liquid hot magma heart of the volcano or anything, don't panic). First of all, they dig up some volcanic rocks and tip them into your palms - et voila, toasty rocks! You either drop them because you weren't expecting them to be that hot or do a little jig as you hop from side to side and move the rocks between each hand before it gets too hot. 

Then they put some dried grass into a hole in the mountain where the heat is so intense that the grass bursts into flames. I think I would have been more interested / impressed by this had I not been standing directly in the path of the smoke that engulfed me.  Finally, they pour some water into pipes which go down deeper into the volcano and the heat blasts the water back out. This was everyone's favourite and earned a few 'Ooohs' and 'Aaaahhhs'. Who needs fireworks?!

After we'd seen the volcano show, we boarded the coach again and began the winding descent down from the mountain, through miles and miles of blackened volcanic rock. It was like being on another planet... I wonder if they ever filmed any star wars there, it looked like the right kind of landscape! Excuse the blue-ish tinge to these pictures, we weren't allowed off the coach, so they're taken through tinted windows.

I have a few more pictures from my day in Lanzarote but I think that's enough for one post. I'll share some more later... tune in next time to find out if I managed to withstand the boat journey back or if I added to my list of places to be sick on a boat.

Shel x
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Thursday, 9 April 2015

A Week in Costa Caleta

So, I was pretty rubbish at taking pictures while I was in Fuerteventura but in my defense, I really needed a week to just chill out and that's what I did. I managed to read nearly four books while I was away and it was very, very relaxing. Marvy. That being said, I did manage to get out for some long walks to stretch the old legs so I have a few snaps to share.

For the most part, the landscape is very barren and rocky with vast open spaces interspersed with mountains and... more rock. That makes it sound bland but I didn't come over like that, there was a sort of poetic rugged handsomeness to the landscape (ooerr). Also, there are a LOT of lady birds there. No idea why.

It has to be said that on the days I went exploring, it happened to be somewhat crappy weather, so I'm (literally) not showing Fuerteventura (or Costa Caleta, specifically) in it's best light here. But when the sun was shining, there was no shifting me from the sunbed. Sorry I'm not sorry. 

There were (partially) blue skies too, I promise. See! There's even a palm tree! If that doesn't scream holiday then I don't know what does.

But my favourite thing about Costa Caleta, are the cheeky little Chipmunks that live amongst the rocks. They like eating peanuts and cucumber so if you head down to the coastline with either or both in your pockets, you're bound to make some new friends. Those guys... too cute.

I like to call this next guy, 'Pensive Chipmunk'. Just look at him, sitting there, contemplating life and looking out at the world. Somebody put that on a greeting card already!

And on a final note...

Te Amo my friends, te amo. 
 Awww, who knew I could get sentimental?

Shel x
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Monday, 6 April 2015

Easter Weekend

Considering I've only just come back from a week away in Fuerteventura, you wouldn't think I'd be needing a break that badly. But after falling ill on the last day of holiday and attractively passing out in front of everyone at the hotel (Drama Queen - me?!), the Easter weekend rolled in at just the right time. Three days back at work really took it out of me... *tiny violin plays in the back ground*

Anyway. The Easter weekend was a chance to just kick back and relax, I spent some time with my family, snuggled down with a new book and I may have snuck out for a few cheeky cocktails with a friend. I accidentally found myself in the gin palace (again) before moving on to a new bar in Norwich, Mr Postle's apothecary where I came across my new fave cocktail the 'white lady'. Just... yum.

I thought I would share with you a few pictures from my weekend... hope you like! 

I had to start off with these snaps of my adorable nieces. Who knew you could love two little people so much?!

Shel x

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