I counted my lucky stars that we would spend 11 days in a Spanish speaking island (which I could do thanks to the views of the stars at night!) as this was the perfect opportunity to put my A-level Spanish to good use. We stayed in the Bahia Principe Hotel, Costa Adeje, and WOW, was it impressive.
All of the staff in the shops were so friendly, including one woman in a jewellery shop that I must have visited about 5 times! Being as indecisive as I am, I couldn't decide what to buy and she always let me have a poke at the jewellery and try it on- something that would certainly aggravate some British shopkeepers! Just like the plaza, her personality shined through and after noticing my 'hippyish' sunglasses, she started telling me about how she was a cross between a hippy and a rocker when she was younger- a bit of a random detail but her story made me smile. :)
I loved seeing the different cakey creations every night and they were all so elaborately decorated with swirly icing, fruit and cute little sprinkles.
Not forgetting drinks, I tried my first glass of Sangria in Tenerife which soon became my signature drink of the holiday! I definitely preferred it when they used rose instead of red wine but either way, it was very yummy. I also tried my first Strawberry Margarita cocktail which tasted so fruity that I forgot it was even alcoholic and drank it incredibly quickly... whoops. One evening we went to a cocktail bar in Costa Adeje and I had a lovely 'Sex on the beach' cocktail- but don't you just hate ordering those in front of your parents?
One day, I was ordering a drink at the pool bar when a Spanish woman noticed I could speak Spanish and started talking to me. She admittedly spoke really fast so I couldn't always understand what she was saying, but it was so reassuring when she told me that my accent was good and she could always tell what I was saying. On the following day, she introduced me to her children and we spent a good 30 minutes chatting away- which, strangely enough, included her telling me about how good the book '50 Shades' is after I told her that I want to be an author haha! However, it turns out that they left the following day and I didn't get the chance to say bye or to even ask their names- but knowing that I made some Spanish friends that I could communicate with is good enough.
What surprised me most about the island was the nature that it had to offer. I will admit that I previously thought Tenerife was mostly made up of sand and hotels (stereotypical, I know), but I was pleasantly surprised when our jeep safari took us to a woody forest and we later stood on a cliff overlooking thousands of trees.
Nevertheless, what made the day was neither the nature nor seeing Mount Teide in the flesh, but it was actually our tour guide Frankie. As soon as we sat in the jeep, his personality shined through and there was never a dull moment during the day- least of all when he put his music on and starting singing Wham's 'Wake Me Up' and doing the YMCA whilst driving on the edge of mountains! He managed to entertain us for 8 hours whilst being our Tenerife encyclopedia for the day and taught us so much about the island and each sight we came across.