Bienvenidos a Tenerife
Santa Cruz de Tenerife Travel Blog› entry 32 of 34 › view all entries
We are finally safe within the sea walls of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, even after our late arrival. Which, by the way, was not our fault, we were told the Spanish Navy was parked in our spot and we had to wait for a berth to open. But at 0600 Friday morning, we made our way up to deck 7 to see the lights of the island shine in the distance. Tugs came out to get us and bring us to the commercial harbor, where we'll be for a couple days until a berth opens up in the cruise ship side of the harbor. As per Mercy Ship tradition, we were greeted by a local trumpeter, who played from the dock as we tied up. What a welcome we had!
Spent the last 2 days exploring the island. Yesterday, we just explored Santa Cruz, eating lunch in a local cafe, figuring out the bus system, trying to remember what little spanish I have.
Today was an adventure day. A group of us took one of the vechiles and headed toward the inner part of the island. Tenerife is one of seven islands that make up an archipelago. They were formed by volcanic activity, and the largest volcano, Pico del Tiede, dominates the island. Pico del Tiede stands about 12,199ft and is still active. We drove up to the visitor center and took a cable car up to 11,663ft, where they had trails that went around the volcano and showed amazing views of all sides of the island. The weather was nice- though really, really cold (about 30F- but there was no wind- but there was snow!)- and we could see 3 of the other islands: Gran Canaria, La Gomera & La Palma.
So, I'm down to 3 days and 47 minutes before I arrive back in Denver (if all goes to plan- my friend Sarah is sitting next to me and she says I'll be stuck in Frankfurt due to a massive delay- she's rubbing it in that she'll be enjoying a nice bath, having a glass of wine and sleeping in a warm comfy bed while I will be sleeping on the airport floor in Frankfurt. She lives in the UK and only has a 4 hour flight to get home and she leaves 4 hours before me). Anyhoo, I'll be home for Christmas! (no matter what Sarah says :P)