It's just a little bit sad that I'm writing this just now. But I still remember this trip like we came home yesterday. We always travel together with my sister and auntie, but this time was special and different as this was our first trip for all of us as a family. First flight for our mom and brother, first vacation for our daddy and first family vacay for all of us. Me, my sister & brother, my parents and auntie. Best time we have had in a while.
It all started buzzing around house day before, last things to throw in suitcases, last things to remind our grandma as she watched house as we left and for me last check-ups: nails & hair. For the first time ever I decided that I want my manicure to be gel nails. So I went to capital city in the morning to get my nails done by amazing nail specialist. I decided that little bit longer than usual and light pink will be amazing choice as I will get tanned and brown. Check! Came home and after short while my hair dresser was at my house highlighting my blonde hair. Long story short I'm ready. Went out to tell some of my friends that I'm leaving for a week. As usual nobody knew.
Early morning, no breakfast for me, everybody stressing around the house trying our best no to kill each other, made some coffee to go, went out for some smoke, daddy is stressing and kinda mad, I don't know why, but still we smoke our cigarettes and wait for his colleague to come pick us up and take to the airport. Before that we pick up our aunt and in the airport meet with my sister. We take some drinks and small breakfast, more coffee. We're in time. So soon we're ready to get in airplane. Mom was really afraid of flying. She was asking me before that so many questions: what if, what if! Soon our airplane went up in the sky and mom was like: ''That's it?'' Easy and breezy.
After 6 hour long flight we landed safely. We stayed at Hotel Troya in Adeje. Our rooms were nice, not too big, not too small, but view of balcony was amazing. My and sisters view wasn't that wide, we got to see main street and McDonalds, BUT we also saw the ocean. And palm trees. We checked in our hotel, got comfy, went out for some lunch. Small, but amazing place near hotel served us pizza and pasta, cocktails and perfect view of main street and beach. It was so warm, like first days of summer in Latvia (how I miss those hot, sunny days) and while we were lunching our family friends just drove past us yelling: ''Hello, dear friends!'' What a feeling to see your family members at the same place. They stopped by and we decided to meet up that night. After lunch we went to the beach, just to check how warm water is. Adeje beach and the spot in front of Hotel Troya was perfect. Water was warm. We took first photos. Sun was shinning right in our eyes, sand was burning our foot and we were telling to ourselves ''Wow, woah. It's amazing here!'' And what a relief that a flight was safe and sound for parents and my brother. In the evening we dress up and went out to the bar/club next to our hotel to meet up with our family friends. We drank cocktails and they told us how they first days went. It was warm even thought in was dark already. Club music and sound of the ocean. It was amazing.
In the next day we ate breakfast, changed to swimwear and went to the beach. Swimming in the ocean for the first time in my life. Water was so warm. Local sellers buzz around and yells ''Wrap 30EUR, cheap wraps, many colors''; ''Watermelon, watermelon, melon, banana!'' and offer to buy production from them. But of course we know how to bargain. We just sat in warm sand and enjoyed warm sunshine. Drank some drinks, chatted, time by time went in the ocean. Relax. Take it easy. That's how I would describe our first day.On next day we went out to the Siam Park which was ah-mazing! All the attractions, pools, slides were huge and fun! I've never had such a fun in any water park ever, Siam Park had slides for 4 persons to join, most enormous turns and up side down adventures. Also views, pools and beach there was beautiful. Food was great. It's really one of those places where you can spend all your day in. So much to do, so much to see. We and kids had so fun times there. Especially in The Wave Palace! Those waves in that pool... I don't know how to swim. All the waves on top of me and I'm barely breathing but still I didn't leave because it was so fun! Everybody screaming and laughing, it was such an adrenaline. On other day we went to the Loro Park where it houses an extensive and diverse reserve of animal species. Also another day full of adventures! We went to so many shows in one day! It was so cool, especially because we had our own guide Hose. Not only he knew the best places to go and show us, but also all the stories! And let's not forget about all the stories he told us about himself. And the past part that he lived for few years in our homeland Latvia! What a coincidence! One of those days he even asked out my auntie, but she decided to stay in... On the same day when we went home we lost track and somehow ended 4km away from our hotel. But after some hike together we were back on the track and went to the dinner! Actually, when it's so sunny and warm it doesn't make that big of a deal if somethings goes wrong. There was a day when we met with Hose and he took us to the open pools in the ocean. What a views. What a experience. That day it was really hot: around 32 degrees by Celsius. Also it was little bit windy but the ocean and waves were incredible! Haven't seen nothing like that in my life. Half of open pools where closed because of dangerously huge waves. We went to other ones. Blue water and foaming waves around us, sun is burning and water in pools refreshingly cold. Half of our family went in for a swim, also my brother and sister. Then suddenly huge wave comes in front of them and my brother who at that moment was holding on rock just went three metres away from it under water. Foaming water all around and we can't see anybody around, but still people are not only screaming but laughing too. But I understood that it's not safe as I don't see my only siblings. We saw our family friends but there was no clue where's my brother and sister. After 3 minutes of screaming ''Where's brother, where's sister, check on them!!!'' My brother gets out of the water crying that he just hit his ass against rock, he was a little bit shocked too. But still there was no clue where's my sister. And I'm screaming and screaming that somebody should check on her. Few minutes after Marta is yelling that my sister is in another pool safe. Me and daddy still remember that moment and shock, even tho everybody was fine after all it was so scary. The ocean is powerful and I get why you shouldn't joke around near it. After our pool day Hose took us to seafood restaurant where me and sister drank aperol spritz and ate real paella. Spanish food is excellent! Never I've ate paella as tasty as in Tenerife and Mallorca back in days. Also restaurant was above ocean and we sat in the most beautiful place with amazing view. Few airplanes flew above is reminding that this dream is coming to an end, but we managed to drink more cocktails to forget about it, haha! After our dinner we switched cars and me, my sis and brother went to the hotel in cabriolet, roof off and hair in the wind. What a dream. As we where 7 adults and 3 kids we called our group ''La Familia'' and whenever we went out for dinner or to the beach we really seemed like one big family. And loud one too. One evening we went to our family friends to their apartments for sea food evening. It was lovely night. We ate so many prawns. They were so good. Mmm. That same day before we went to Masca, if ever in Tenerife one of the must see places. Especially because of cactus flower ice cream which is served in small cafe and it front of you there's mountains and ravines, and far away the ocean. Our hotel also had train which goes all around main street to the port and back, so daddy one of those evening made amazing surprise for us. Of course just jumping in and sitting there would be boring. We waited and waited for mini train and when it came we jumped in and got comfy when suddenly daddy takes out whiskey, coca-cola and ice out of his bag, moments later we all are having cold cocktails and strolling around Tenerife, also with some chorizo in our hands! It was such a fun surprise, we had such a fun! Miss that night.
Without our adventures Tenerife is amazing place where to shop souvenirs, make-up and perfume. There was amazingly nice thrift shops as well as shopping stores. When we were tired of beaching we just scrolled around shops and main street. Also there was amazing places where to eat, but mostly we ate at our hotel. Main street was full of clubs and bars, also cafes and restaurants. Me and my sister, just two of us went to the Hard Rock as well, even tho it was closing by the time we got there. There was so many places where to go, so many things to see. People also seemed to be happy and helpful. Only, there were also people who... Well, they were way too intrusive. All the British guys who yells: ''Come here to party, I will give you discount''; ''This is the best bar, come here'', etc to represent their working place were mean after we said no to them. But me and my sis, as we are flaming hot headed Latvians didn't own them a single word. Ain't no pussies here, just a pussy power! Overall, as I always mention all the best parts and little critic about places I've visited, I can say that Tenerife is place to visit at least once in a lifetime! And it's so colourful that it will be fun for family trip, romantic trip just for two of you and also it's safe to visit it by yourself, alone. You will find what to do, see and feel there in any company. It's one of those places where I pinched myself time by time reminding myself this is not a dream, this is reality! And I'm here with people I love the most - my family. And we're happy here, I think the happiest we have ever been as a family...
xx, Happiness Victim Blog