La Tomatina is one of those things that has been in my peripheral vision since I was a child. I vaguely remember seeing something about the festival on the news when I was really young and thinking it looked like the best thing ever. So this summer, I finally went!
Perception is a powerful thing. The loudest voice in the room can tarnish even the best reputation.
As is the case with the west against the Arabic world. Yes, atrocities have occurred whilst screaming “Allah u Akbar”, but that doesn’t make it in the name of Islam. There are books of the same story in both the Qu’ran & Bible. There are bad people in both Islam and Christianity. In both cases, the loudest voice in the room is tarnishing reputations.
Morocco had never even made my list of places to visit until recently. Memories of growing up in the Canary Islands and being hassled and harassed by Moroccans who had moved there, legally or otherwise, played on my mind. That and warnings in the media of what a dangerous place the Arab world is. Even people at work announcing that North Africa (I’m visiting west Africa) is dangerous.
Slowly over the course of the year my mind was turning to wanting to visit. I had no idea where I wanted to go; pushing in souks and people placing necklac…
Fuerteventura is the second largest Canary Island, yet it only takes 3hrs to drive from the northern tip to the southern tip. If you hire a car, you can pretty much get anywhere- even Cofete. The island was declared a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 2009. I lived there from 2005- 2009 working all sorts of jobs including DJing, waitressing, and estate agent. The resort I lived in was El Castillo (The Castle, in English) & it was a popular tourist destination.