Thursday, 29 August 2013

Location, location, location!

There seems to be some confusion about exactly where in the world I'm actually staying at the moment, so let's clear things up a bit. There is a place called Palma de Mallorca, which is a town on the island Mallorca. It lies in the Mediterranean ocean outside the Spanish coast like so:

Palma de Mallorca. This is not where I am.
This is not where I am at the moment. I am on the Canary Islands, which also belong to Spain but which are located outside the coast of Africa, like so:

The Canary Islands. This is where I am.
Let's take a closer look on these islands. There are seven of them, pictured below. On Gran Canaria, the biggest town is called Las Palmas. This is not where I am. I am at the island La Palma, the North-Westernmost of the Canaries. 

The Canary Islands, with La Palma circled in red. This is where I am!
The main city of the island is called Santa Cruz de la Palma. I usually go down there on my free days to spend the night at a hotel at sea level, but it's not exactly where I live. About an hour and a half's drive up the steep mountainside you find the Observatory at the Roque de los Muchachos. There, at the Swedish Solar Telescope, is where I live!

The island La Palma, with Roque de los Muchachos. X marks the spot!
So now you know where to find me, should you feel the urge to stop by for a cup of tea. It's a rather pretty island seen from above, isn't it? Its rather damn pretty up close as well I can tell you, not to mention dramatic and diverse. A perfect place for adventures. Tomorrow I'll tell you about what I learned during some of my recent ones.

Love and islands,

1 comment:

  1. Good geographical education! Thanks bro!