After writing two depressing posts about Auschwitz, I really need to move on to somewhere happier to cheer myself up. Let’s go to Canary Islands.
Geographically Canary Islands should be considered as part of Africa as it’s near the north western part of Africa. However since politically it’s actually part of Spain, I classified this post in the Europe category. Lanzarote is one of the most popular islands in the archipelago and it is also the easternmost island.
Canary Islands is a very popular vacation destination for Europeans – especially in winter when most of the European countries are freezing. We heard that a lot of retired people in Britain actually lived on Canary Islands for the whole winter because the cost of hiring holiday apartments there is actually lower than the electric bills they need to pay in Britain to keep their home warm!
One interesting observation of Lanzarote is all of the buildings there are white in colour and look nearly the same. Later we found that actually there are lots of regulations to protect the island and white building is one of them. The emphasis of environmental protection while developing tourism is a direct influence by a native artist called César Manrique. It’s actually an amazing feat – as we could see countless examples of how over-expanded tourism has destroyed a lovely place and brought trouble to the locals.
The picture here was taken at a pier. The ferry in it is a daily service between Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, which is another island in the archipelago.