We arrived in Las Palmas exactly one week ago today. So far we really like it here!
Here’s what we have been up to in our first week:
We are so excited to be living a minute away from the beach! Playa de las Canteras is almost 4km long and is considered one of the best urban beaches in the world. We have walked on the lovely promenade along the beach at least once a day since we arrived.
EATING & DRINKING
Alex has really enjoyed visiting all the local supermarkets to see what’s available. His favourite is currently the Super Dino close to us – it’s got a great range at really good prices and has a really cool bakery section.
We’ve eaten out a few times…
I really enjoyed the Pizza at Geiser, and we both loved our lunch at our local café (Alex had a vegetal sandwich while I opted for a tortilla sandwich). Alex has been really looking forward to trying a cortado in Las Palmas. We both had one here with our lunch and loved it!
The price was incredible too – just 0.80 cents for one!
On Sunday night we had a fun evening at a local tapas place with Alex’s cousin (who has lived here for over a year) and aunt and uncle (who are here for a week visiting their daughter). It was really cool to be able to sit outside and enjoy a meal with family in our first week here.
We are not far from Centro Comercial las Arenas, where there is a Primark, Zara, and so many more shops we recognised. I wanted to buy some new shoes so we headed over to discover our local shopping centre.
As well as supermarkets we have also been to an Asian shop that I found online called Godhwani’s. It sells everything from frozen samosas to paneer to tea to mitai (indian sweets) to soya sauce to quorn products. I don’t need to eat Indian food every day to be happy but I do love Indian food so I am really pleased we’ve found this shop, especially as Diwali is on Wednesday. Since going to Godhwani’s I have struggled to stop thinking about paneer so I think I will be going back there soon to buy some! At the shop we asked if there are any temples in Las Palmas. I had looked online and couldn’t find anything but thought it was worth asking. Turns out there are three temples in Las Palmas, with one being quite close to the shop! They said it’s only open on Sundays so we are looking forward to going soon.
On Saturday, after finishing a bit of work in the morning, we walked over to Vegueta – the Old Town. It’s about 5km away according to Google, but it didn’t feel that far to us maybe partly because of the cool street art that lined the route. We didn’t go into the Cathedral or any of the museums this time as we just wanted to explore the area.
On the way back we walked along the ocean rather than inland. We had been that way on the bus from the airport but it was dark then so it was nice to see the marina during the day.
While we were walking back from Vegueta Alex spotted the Rotary International wheel at a roundabout. I have been part of the Rotary family for around 2.5 years, having been President of my local Rotaract Club and also National Publicity Officer for Rotaract in Great Britain and Ireland. It was really cool to see the wheel in such a busy place. Later that day we saw a poster for a fundraiser being held by Rotary Clubs for Nepal. It was for that evening so it wasn’t possible for us to go but hopefully we will be able to go to an event while we are here.
This isn’t a holiday for us so we have had lots of work to be getting on with. Alex was planning to take most of the week off but as it was Trustees’ Week he has been busy promoting that.
On Tuesday we went to see a co-working space I had found online. It was a nice place, but I wasn’t sure it was what I was looking for so I decided to look into a few others. After a nice break on Tuesday I started working again on Wednesday, and have done a bit of work every day since then, including Sunday morning when I woke up a lot earlier than I was hoping to!
I did a ‘free day’ at a different co-working space, which is only 10 minutes’ walk away, on Thursday. It was a really nice place and I left feeling 99% sure that I will join for at least a month. While I can work from home I think I am more productive when working at a desk surrounded by other people who are all also working. It was only when working on Good News Shared from home that I noticed how much I need to be around other people, and joining the co-working space would be a good way to meet other digital nomads in Las Palmas.