Our recent holiday to Lanzarote started off as a real adventure, driving through the fire mountains at night with no map, no street lights and only the moon to guide us! Even by moonlight the landscape was stunning, although I did wish Simon would spend more time concentrating driving on the right side of the road!
Waking up to see it by daylight didn’t disappoint either and exploring was a lot less treacherous when you could see where you were going. This wasn’t necessarily the case for the surfers, more on that in the coming weeks.
The week was jam-packed with sports and activities of all kinds, one of my favourite being trekking up Pico Partido volcano in Timanfaya National Park. We were told by the guide, Jose Luis, about how the sea of lava reclaimed the land. It was certainly impressive and being told that if we fell into a lava tube we would never be found sure added to the excitement!
Along the way we were told about the culture of Lanzarote. My favourite was the fact that when a child is born it is tradition to plant one palm tree for a boy and two for a girl. Aside from the palm trees and a plant which apparently can be smoked in the absence of tobacco, we were told about the only fruit native to Lanzarote, the fig (simply known as ‘the fruit’ to the locals).
We also had our first stab at creating a time-lapse video, a stunning sunset. We have now completed the video, which can be viewed on my post The rise and fall of a photographer’s sun.