Getting to Tenerife

Twas a long journey. We arrived at the first of four airports at 08:30 Warsaw time and arrived at the villa at 23:15 Warsaw time, one hour earlier Tenerife time.

Three flights is a pain but at least we didn’t have stupid middle-of-the-night tourist timing and more importantly we and our bags made all the transfers without a hitch.

The car hire was the usual rip-off. You think you’ve paid for everything including removal of the excess but of course they find a way to fleece you anyway. This time it was because the normal insurance covers things like bodywork and engine but doesn’t cover glass or wheels! The emergency breakdown works during normal hours but not at night. So you have to fork out another 60 Euro to have “proper” insurance. I shall rant at length about rip-off car rental companies another day but they make me sick!

We’ve got a Seat Leon 1.4 and whilst it’s perfectly good for our purpose I feel the need to buy a whip to get it moving properly.

Sat-Nav got us here okay and seems to have acclimatised well aside from a few “recalculating” episodes. Lazy cow should pay attention!

The villa is fine. Certainly a massive improvement on a hotel room and will be a good test of this kind of holiday. With the weather as it is we’ll be big into “terrace living” and we’ve got two to choose from as the pictures show.

First up was a visit to a local supermarket, or zoo might be a better description. We got everything we needed though, from washing powder to bacon to Serrano ham. The bill totalled 104.84 Euro which seems about in line with Warsaw. Price check – litre of fresh milk 0.87 Euro, 12 fresh eggs 1.59.

We did the pool this afternoon, which is a community one and is great. A fair smattering of French and Germans to break up the Englishness of the place.

This evening we’re heading into town for drinks, food and karaoke!

More later.

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8 thoughts on “Getting to Tenerife

  1. Scatts, nothing personal mate, but comments like “a Seat Leon 1.4 … whilst it’s perfectly good for our purpose I feel the need to buy a whip to get it moving properly” suggest that you may be attitudinally challenged when it comes to sharing public roads with other users. Poland has lost 55,000 men, women and children in fatal road accidents over the past decade – speed (not alcohol) being the number one contributing factor.

    1.4 litres is more than enough! Give me the EU Transport Commissioner’s portfolio and I’ll see to it that that is all Europeans will have!* Those that feel the need for whips will themselves be whipped to the nearest queue for public transport!!

    Sorry to labour the point, but I feel (strongly) that every manifestation of Clarksonist speedfreakery, however mild, needs to be pulled over the side of the information superhighway for a rebuke.

    * They can spend the money they’ve saved on depreciating tin on buying land, building property and leaving something behind them to posterity.

  2. Speed being the contributing factor? Bollocks.

    A complete lack of awareness for anything further than 3cm from the car, we covered this in another post.

    Example, I used to live in the States, I drove Las Vegas to Barstow in an hour and a half, it’s 153 miles down what was a very deserted highway that day. Was overtaken at city limits by two cars going quickly, followed them 200m behind.

    In Warsaw see people going at 40Mph in old car 1m behind the car in front.

    Who is safer in these 2 journeys?

    Scatts, what part of Tenerife are you in, a friend of mine has an apartment in Los Cristianos that I’ve stayed in before.

  3. Michael, there’s a big difference between having power and using it dangerously. The Leon is just as capable of killing people as any other car, in fact the inability to get out of trouble quickly probably makes it more dangerous.

    Ian, we are in Chayofa.

  4. As I have ranted before… speed is one of the issues, but as others have already pointed out here, you can just as easily kill some people with a 1.4 in a Leon as a 1.6 or a 2.0 (which I’m sure are the other options).

    The main issues in Poland are, IMO, simply careless driving. People here just don’t give a shit about anyone else once they’re in their car. This is combined with a very poor understanding of the laws of physics, a lack of worn seatbelts, anger management/road rage issues, lack of proper car maintenance and car inspections, poor policing of the roads and last but always, always, always every Pole’s favourite excuse, poor quality roads. The last is always a good one because the logic seems to be “the roads are quite poor and dangerous, which makes it slower to get everywhere, so I MUST drive fast to make up for it”.

    I say that we should just adopt the Swedish/Swiss model of fines that are based on the how much money someone makes and how much the car they’re driving was originally worth (which would make all those shitty BMW and Audi’s suddenly less appealing). The only thing people really care about is money, so just slap them with absurd fines for small infractions and mortgage-your-home-and-get-a-second-job fines for big infractions. Suddenly everyone’s scared shitless at being fined three month’s income and drives the speed limit except for the occasional jackass and it’s a safer place, the end.

  5. Brad,

    Could not agree more, if the roads are bad why drive quickly? Surely the purpose of travel is to get to the end of the journey?

    I shall be trying some of your off the beaten track places as I fly into Krakow on Thursday. Any bars you can recommend, I know Tom at Nics but new places are always an interest.

    Scatts, found it on a map. If you go to Cristianos and are stood in front of the church then look at the road that goes up the hill to the right of the church, the apartment is in the building at the top.

    Have a great time, hopefully your weather is better than the last time I was in the Canaries (Fuerteventura – storms for 3 days, 80kph winds!).

  6. Regarding the car – I don’t know why, but almost all 1.4 normal engines put in compact cars are far less dynamic and less fuel-efficent than much better 1.4 engines with turbocharger. An average 1.4 sluggish car consumes on average half a litre more petrol per 100 kilometres than 1.4 turbo engine in the same car. And oddly enough new 1.4 engines need more petrol than 7-year-old Megane which I use. Appaling – it’s best to buy a small engine with a turbocharger.

    Regarding Michael’s comment – it’s not a matter of teh speed you reach but also the pace in which a car accelerates. I hardly ever drive faster than 70 – 80 kmph in Warsaw, but I want to speed up quickly and reach my target speed having covered a short distance.

    PS. I have studied some rules of eco-driving. Result – 7.2 litres of petrol needed to cover 100 kilometres in town (but without getting stuck in traffic jams).

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