Friday, January 4, 2013

Some Random Observations on Life in Gran Canaria

After wonderful Christmas-holidays back in Norway, I am now back in my lovely life in Las Palmas. The sun is warm, the beach is my neighbour and I can't complain! I have been writing on this post for months, every time I thought of something new I added it to it. I think it's time to just post it!

***The selection of fruit here is very nice, and I am totally enchanted by these small platanos canarios, they are so cute! So small, but so sweet and tasty! I know that small platanos are not unique to the Canary Islands, but the Canary platanos are famous all over Spain. I just never saw these supermini ones in Barcelona! There are also local mangos, pineapples, oranges, cherimoyas and more. I guess that's what a tropical climate gives back, great!


***I find it very charming how old fishermen line up at the beach by 7:00 in the morning, selling freshly caught fish to anyone passing.

***It's interesting how the accent is quite different from the one I got used to in Barcelona. Canary Spanish reminds me of South American Spanish, a little "lazy" (cutting endings and s'es) at the same time as it's super speedy. It's like they need to cut off the words to get time to say all they want to say before some invisible time limit is up! 

***Old men gather in the park to play domino. It's just like I saw in Cuba and I think it's so charming!


***Life is way more laid back here. In Barcelona (naturally, being the big city it is) people were stressing around all the time, and everywhere. I got into that rhythm, and was one of all those who stressed down the street, slalom'ing my way past slow walkers on the sidewalk, and running to catch the metro (instead of thinking like I did at the beginning... "Why run? The next train will arrive in just a couple of minute, r e l a x x x ...")  but I really enjoy taking things at a different pace, like they do here. Maybe it could drive me nuts one day, but for now I really enjoy it.

***In Barcelona it's forbidden to walk around in bathing suits, or even without a shirt. Anywhere, also on the boardwalk. Every day here you see surfers, people running with no shirt, people walking around in a bikini. And they are not all tourists, it seems the locals see it as the most natural thing. After all, they are on the boardwalk, 2 meters from the beach where it is allowed. So what's the big deal? (In Barcelona you will actually get a fine if you are not "properly dressed"!)


***A bus is not called autobus here. It's called a guagua!  I think it's a funny name for a bus and I get this urge to giggle, as I feel like it's not a real word, but people say it very seriously. (This is also used in some South American countries I have been told.) There are more Canarian words too, that are different from Spanish. A cake - tarta is a queque in Canarian. Peanuts - cacahuetes are manices in Canarian. Popcorn - palomitas are roscas here.


***People are friendlier here. Maybe I am generalizing, but I have never experienced so many friendly and smiley people in other parts of Spain. You can't put a price on polite- and friendliness. Thank you Canarias! They even put up a free outdoor exhibition where the theme was smiling and happiness, and paint new inspirational quotes on a wall at the boardwalk every week. I love the vibe of this city and it's great to be back!

14 comments:

  1. Du er altså så heldig :) kjenner jeg blir misunnelig på deg som kan gå i sola der nede og stikke tærne i sanden, nyte synet av atlanterhavet og de herlige palmene..
    En vakker dag blir det min tur hihihi
    Kos deg alt du kan og hils sola fra meg :) Klem fra det kalde, våte nord!

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    1. Tusen takk for hyggelig kommentar! Ja, det er slett ikke verst dette :) Må klype meg litt i armen av og til. Spesielt surrealistisk er det å komme fra full vinter til full sommer på en dag. Jeg skal hilse tilbake :)

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  2. I'm glad you enjoyed being home and are not back "home" as well. And I can easily imagine how different people can be...big city people and thinking and behavior is so different to what you experience in a smaller, more beachy area. This happens in CA too. Just going to Santa Barbara brings you back to earth...just relax...life is beautiful, the sun's out and nothing should worry you. The second you go back to your big city people run frantically for nothing. :( It's ridiculous.

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    1. Interesting how things are the same in CA as well. I want to go to Santa Barbara :) sounds lovely.

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  3. Riktig godt nytt år! Håper du hadde det fint i Norge i jula. Jeg hadde ei helt rævva nyttårsfeiring, bortsett fra det var jula fin... Sukk, tror ikke det blir særlig mye reising på meg i år. Men har satt meg det hårete målet å gå minst 300 turer i løpet av 2013, så da skal jeg ihvertfall få tida til å gå!

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    1. Takk det samme! Jeg hadde det koselig hjemme. Det var mørkt og kaldt, men det er koselig til jul, og sånn det skal være! Så kjipt at nyttårsfeiringa var helt på ræva (hihi, liker ordbruken din!) håper det nye året blir knall for deg, spennende ting på plakaten iallefall! Og 300 turer er et sprekt (bokstavelig talt) mål!

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  4. Godt nyttår!
    Det er så morsomt med "random observations", og noen ganger lurer man på "er det bare jeg som har lagt merke til det?". Det er så herlig å oppdage ting, og man må bare smile når man kommer til det. Det høres ut som om du opplever så mye fantastisk og jeg er klar til å henge med! Klem fra meg

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    1. Takk for det! Det er mange ting en legger merke til om en bare åpner øynene og observerer, og er det noe jeg elsker så er det det :) Det er veldig hyggelig om du slår følge! Klem tilbake

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  5. Underholdende lesning. Spania er vel like forskjellig som Norge er, fra nord til sør :-)

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    1. Takk for det. En av tingene som fascinerer meg sånn med Spania er nettopp hvor voldsomt forskjellig det er fra landsdel til landsdel, i kultur, mat, væremåte, klima etc. Veldig mangfoldig! (Mer enn Norge tror jeg at jeg vil tørre å si!)

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  6. It definitely sounds very charming! I love that people are so friendly and the old guys sitting in the park playing domino. Laid back places are my kind of place. :)

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    1. Same goes for me! And it's really nice with a lot of friendly faces everywhere!

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  7. sooooo pretty! I also am in love with the men playing dominoes. So stinkin' adorable!

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