Here we are, full of energy for the holiday season and full of ideas for the coming months!
This brings me to presenting a co-operation with iSense S.L. to serve the Fuerteventura Holiday & Resident Community: Fuerteventura2GO!
There is a multitude of printed information on the island about what's new and what to enjoy, to visit, to participate, etc – some in only one language, some in a multilingual concept. The same applies for on-line WIFI-based systems. Nothing wrong with that, but why not having all this – and even more – in your pocket, all the time, at any place... as a FREE App in your Smartphone or on your Tablet, whatever system, IOS or Android? A real off-line holiday companion for tourists and a helpful business data base for residents. Wherever you are, wherever you go to, Fuerteventura2GO is your butler. Please have a look on page 11 for more info and for your download.
One secrecy of Life.
On one of those reflective days in 2015, it came to my mind that – maybe – during this year a baby would be born that, once as an adult, would become the first human to put his/her footprint on our neighbouring planet Mars, searching for clear evidence of life – past or present.
And then I started wondering about how life on Earth might have come about...
Definition of Life.
To find a proper definition of life is tougher than I first thought. Consulting scientific sources gave me a vast amount of definitions, but all of them were challenged by peers. So, for the objective of this small article, let's not waste too much time on this and let us accept the following simple description of life:
"Life is a dynamic process, concealed in a closed unit (cell) that transforms energy and matter via self-sustaining chemical and physical activity in order to be able to increase in biomass, to constantly interact with its environment and to reproduce itself in an autonomous way – all this together, called metabolism".
What is Spiritual Consulting / Astrology?
I show with Lenormand, Tarot, Symbolon or your Horoscope some answers to your questions about Love, Health, Profession or other personal topics. If you want to change your life in a positive way or want to realise your strongest wishes, I can help you with the Power of Thoughts (Law of Attraction).
Let it go...
... and let it flow. Easier said than done. Anybody who made the step to Fuerteventura – or another foreign location – knows that letting go became a permanent companion, in the past and maybe today still is. You leave behind the usual life, family, friends, job, home and the surroundings that you got accustomed to for a journey into another world. Attitude is everything, as the challenges are multiple and complex, most of the time. Issues which you never anticipated emerge, situations that you never experienced will call upon you. And so it can happen that, when sticking to the usual procedures and structures, your journey might become rather bumpy. However whatever the outcome, you will have learned and built up experiences that never can be taken out of a book. Experience – whether positive or negative – remains an experience that will bring you further on to your path of life.
I drive a lot on Fuerteventura roads, for business and for pleasure, and every time when I enter Jandía and approach those statues of children, looking into the sky, I get a sense of fascination. Their facial expression and body language invite you to hold on, watch them standing there and become aware of feelings of timelessness and introspection. And because these statues generate the same or similar sensations with many people, they truly became emblematic for the South of the island, if not for the entire Fuerteventura.
As I have used my pictures of this creation, realised by Lisbet Fernandez, at many occasions,I decided to visit the creator who has her workshop in Costa Calma and write about her and her work.
The ability of mankind to work natural fibres for basketry was one of the fundamentals for the development of human activity. It allowed for transportation and conservation of goods and made them less dependable of nature and local conditions."
The original inhabitants of Fuerteventura – Mahos – knew about the benefits and technology of using natural fibres for baskets and bags. At that time palm leaves and reed were used mostly. The colonisation of the Canary Islands brought new transformation and manufacturing technologies.
When the first Conquistadores arrived on Fuerteventura in the 15th Century, they encountered the local inhabitants (Mahos) almost completely nude. "Males only had a hairy goat or sheep skin that was fixed on the men's back and women additionally had two extra pieces – one in the front and one in the back – which were fixed at the waist and reached till their knees. Pieces of skin were connected to each other by threads of finely cut leather. They had no shoes and walked the island on bare feet." (Bontier y Leverrier. 16th Century)
According to my memory, I grew up as a normal kid. However, I have been mobbed in school and couldn't get help from my parents. "Don't pay attention" or "it won't be that bad" they answered. This situation at school and the unbelief of my parents resulted in my shyness. The fear of being marked as "weird", led to my social isolation. I became a timid person. Then, after education, I have been mobbed at work to such an extent that, at occasions, I had suicidal thoughts. I wondered "Is this going to be my life?"
The moment that I really hit the bottom of my misery, at the age of 27, I met my future wife. She invited me for a drink and I remember that I was very silent, being afraid to make errors and stupid remarks. I couldn't imagine that a woman would be interested in me. My self-esteem was at such a low level. She became my first date.
Thanks to her perseverance, I slowly but steadily crawled out of the pit. She constantly mentioned to me that I had a lot to offer and that I was a loving person.
Peak: January 3, 4 -
Quadrantids Meteor Shower. Up to 40 meteors per hour at its peak. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Bootes, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
February 6 - Jupiter at Opposition. The giant planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. A good pair of binoculars should allow you to see Jupiter's four largest moons, appearing as bright dots on either side of the planet.
February 22 - Conjunction of Venus and Mars. The two bright planets will be visible within only half a degree of each other in the evening sky. Look to the west just after sunset.
April 16-25 /
Peak: April 22, 23 -
Lyrids Meteor Shower. About 20 meteors per hour at its peak. These meteors can sometimes produce bright dust trails that last for several seconds. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Lyra, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
April 19 - May 28 /
Peak: May 5, 6 -
Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower. Up to 30 meteors per hour at its peak. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
May 23 - Saturn at Opposition. The planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. A medium-sized or larger telescope will allow you to see Saturn's rings and a few of its brightest moons.
A hands-on holiday guide with a lot of info about Fuerteventura. We have pictures and videos about places to visit, most sport activities, family fun, excursions and what to do on Fuerteventura.
When you circle above Fuerteventura to prepare for landing and when you only focus on the land below you, you will see a completely barren area with no visible vegetation and you might think that you’re about to land on Mars. And when you are transferred from the airport to your hotel the views you capture from your bus seat may confirm your first impression and raise the inevitable question “Is this a holiday destination?”
The North of Fuerteventura was the first area on Fuerteventura to be developed for tourism in the early 60'ties. Ideal surfing conditions, splendid beaches and an existing infrastructure - although primitive at that time - were the decisive elements. The North of Fuerteventura is home to the following important villages:
Corralejo, El Cotillo, Lajares, Villaverde, La Oliva, Tindaya.
Corralejo: ancient fishing village with a modernised town centre. There is one main street with a handful of short side streets that contain the majority of Shops. Worthwhile visiting for Restaurants and Bars are the music square, Calle La Iglesia, Muelle Chico, Paseo Maritimo (all 3 in the old town), Shopping Centre La Menara and surroundings (Centre of town) and Shopping Centres El Campanario and Palmeral.
The centre of Fuerteventura has economically two major areas: the capital and the recently built tourism and golf centre Castillo or Caleta de Fuste. The centre of Fuerteventura is very diverse in geography, history and economic activity. The most important villages/towns are:
Puerto del Rosario, Caleta de Fuste, Betancuria, Antigua, Ajuy.
Puerto del Rosario: evolved from an ancient mooring spot in 1426 to take in water and food for the journey to the actual capital of Fuerteventura. Puerto del Rosario is not affected by mass tourism. Once a week the Cruise ship AÏDA docks in the harbour and streets in Puerto become somewhat livelier. There are 4 main streets for shopping, a couple of museums and some nice bars and restaurants.
The South of Fuerteventura was the last area to be developed as a tourist area on the island as there was a need to create an infrastructure first. Nowadays, it represents the most important tourist area of Fuerteventura with sandy beaches, optimal surfing conditions and plenty of recreational and nightlife possibilities. The most important villages are:
Costa Calma, Jandia, Morro Jable, Pajara, Gran Tarajal, Cofete.
Costa Calma: once a barren area, this place has been transformed into a little oasis with user-friendly accommodation. They recently built a new promenade along the main street that joins the 2 roundabouts. Miles of white sandy beaches invite old and young to enjoy beach-time at full. But here, at “Playa Barca”, is also a hot spot for windsurfers due to unique geographical conditions that provide stronger winds than in the surrounding areas. No wonder that the international surf centre “Rene Egli” is located here. You can walk on the beach for miles. This is beach holiday at its best.
Philippe Laurent, business owner at La Folie des Délices in Corralejo, presents his new creation: the Macaron Gofio, a meringue shell with Gofio and filled with Gofio and Truffe de Lait (Milk Truffle). Philippe builds on 3 generations of pastry making which has resulted in this new member of the Macaron Parisien, two shells that are combined with any kind of tasty filling. The key to a maximum culinary experience is quality of the products, know-how and freshness.
James Kynge, a journalist in Asia for two decades and the former bureau chief of the Financial Times in Beijing, provides an intriguing view on the origin and dynamics of the recent economic developments in modern China. At the end of the book you will have a far better understanding of what is called "Emerging Markets" and more specifically "Modern China". It also sheds light on the cause of what we call today "The biggest crisis of the Western World since WW2". This book should be read by all college students... and their parents.
Price: 10 – 12 USD