Jack Montgomery

When the decision to take the plunge was made it was a toss up between Sri Lanka and Tenerife. In the interests of practicality and the suspicion that Sri Lanka might be too big a step, Tenerife won.

Jack Montgomery When Jack departed Britain for the warmer climes of Tenerife in 2003 it wasn't to escape a country he was disillusioned with or a job which bored him.

He loved the buzz of living near Manchester and was relishing a job which involved writing governmental reports, putting together bids to attract regeneration projects in the North West of England and travelling around the region working with various organisations committed to helping disadvantaged social groups.

the Spanish being directed at Jack sounded like a distant relation to that taught by his Madrid and Barcelona born tutors at the Cervantes Institute in Manchester

However, years of travelling to far flung corners of the globe and having adventures such as becoming immortal in the ghost city in China; getting caught up in the middle of a jail break in the Gambia; and being stalked by a psychotic monkey in Malaysia, had fuelled a desire to experience life in another culture. When the decision to take the plunge was made it was a toss up between Sri Lanka and Tenerife. In the interests of practicality and the suspicion that Sri Lanka might be too big a step, Tenerife won.

Jack The reality of life on Tenerife confounded expectations right from the start. Most people didn't actually speak English and the Spanish being directed at Jack sounded like a distant relation to that taught by his Madrid and Barcelona born tutors at the Cervantes Institute in Manchester. Even a simple task like getting a haircut was fraught with 'lost in translation' moments with Jack asking to have his hair cut like the hairdresser's dog on one occasion and even worse, to trim the hair on his bottom on another.

Being mistaken for the Irish ambassador for Tenerife at a wine awards dinner, led to...work as a feature writer and photographer

What Jack discovered was a Tenerife he hadn't known existed; one that was very different from that normally portrayed in exposé TV shows and newspaper articles. It was a Tenerife where, as well as year-round warm sunshine, there were bizarre fiestas involving funeral processions of giant papier-mache sardines; ritual bathing of herds of goats for good luck, and a bizarre liking for cross-dressing amongst the local men.

Jack Being mistaken for the Irish ambassador for Tenerife at a wine awards dinner, led to an introduction to the editor of a Tenerife lifestyle magazine and subsequently, work as a feature writer and photographer.

Even though he's written numerous articles about Tenerife and taken thousands of photographs, Jack believes there are still plenty of new experiences and adventures to be had

Since then, Jack has spent much of the last seven years exploring every nook and cranny in towns across Tenerife; translating forests of Spanish text in small back-of-beyond libraries; venturing deep into pine forests and ravines leading to secret villages; and dressing as a tarty widow at carnaval. All of which has provided limitless material and photographs for magazines, websites, blogs and two guide books, "Real Tenerife Island Drives" and "Going Native in Tenerife" which Jack co-authored with his writer wife, Andrea.

Even though he's written numerous articles about Tenerife and taken thousands of photographs, Jack believes there are still plenty of new experiences and adventures to be had - exploring Tenerife's undersea world; taking a tandem paragliding flight; searching for underground lakes rumoured to be so big they have boats in them; and the ultimate - squeezing into a sexy dress, slipping on a pair of stilettos and participating in the high heels drag marathon at Carnaval - which he says he might do next year.

 
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