Lanzarote

My walking project brought me to Lanzarote. Most interesting place manifestation so far, I would say. I kind of knew I wanted to visit the Canary Islands, I had never been here, but they sounded beautiful. Apparently each of the islands is very unique. When I was still unclear which one I wanted to visit, my friend mentioned Lanzarote and it made click in my body. Two days later I had booked my flight and found a place to stay.

Getting here was very smooth, I even had a friendly chat with one of the security women at the airport. The local bus stopped in front of the airport building in Lanzarote when I came out and took me to the place where I had to check in, in about 15 minutes. On that ride I observed some of the touristy beaches and promenades. But I have already learnt to avoid the places where most tourists are. I live on a Finca around 5 kilometers away from the sea in a shared apartment. My flatmate is lovely. We just clicked and have spent most of the weekend together.

She is renting a car and we dedicated most of Saturday to discover the world of Lanzarote’s famous artist Cesar Manrique. He built one of his houses into the lava of the island’s volcanos. Architecture in tune with the surrounding nature, very inspiring and beautiful. He was also involved in creating the Jameos del Agua built deep into the craters of volcanos, there was a lake in which a very particular type of white crab is living, a restaurant, swimming pool and a whole auditorium under the earth. Also the surrounding nature is breathtaking, in the true sense as I sometimes found myself stopping to breath. We stopped at a particular windy place on the way and could literally lean into the wind, but after experiencing the joy of letting ourselves lean in we both turned back instantly as we noticed that in the next moment we could have been blown away.

Energies are intense wherever we go. Yesterday we visited a small local market and my flatmate met an old friend. She told us about a special church with strong energies, we spent some time there, took off our shoes and connected directly to the energies that the volcanic rock is apparently emanating. I don’t understand what is happening, but I can feel lots of energy. At the same time my sleep seems to be very deep, deeper than normal and very regenerative.

Today it is raining, rain that this normally very dry island urgently needed. Our eurhythmy teacher told us that after long phases of draught the volcanic sand is too dry to be able to soak up the rain, she described how she mixed dry sand and rain water to ‘teach’ the sand about water again.

The Finca, in which I stay, is associated with a Centre of Anthroposophy. Here in the centre we can participate in sessions of Eurhythmy some of the mornings, take treatments or participate in concerts, talks, etc. There is also a small Cafe/Restaurant where I am sitting now and writing. I can connect to the internet here, at the Finca we are far from any wifi.

I am glad that I ventured out on the bike that I rented on my first day, the sunniest day so far. I had somehow made up my mind in the morning to go to a place in the South of the island (Playa Blanca), kind of far and when I was riding there I noticed that I was going mostly downhill and with the wind. It was so much fun and the view was so stunning that I did not want to stop although I knew I had to go back the same way. And going back was hard but not as hard as I had thought and I was happily tired when I arrived at the Finca. On the way I saw the Salinas de Janubio and in the distance the next Canary Island Fuerteventura.

This feels like a whole new world to discover.

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