Meryl Kew

I like to get out and explore, one of my favourite pastimes being travel... one day a week is spent with friends travelling the island

Despite spending the first 20 years of my life in Hartlepool, probably best known for its famous monkey-hanging legend, the majority of my life has been in Surrey and Hampshire in the south of England. I moved to Tenerife six years ago selling everything. I didn't want to be in the situation where should I get homesick, I had an escape hatch. This was going to be an all or nothing move. My husband Jim and I had only been to the island once prior to our move and despite our preconceptions of what to expect we were totally besotted with it.

10 minutes down the mountain should I want to boogie the night away or I can go uphill 5 minutes and be surrounded by a very different lifestyle where English is rarely heard

We chose to live in Chayofa, a small village in the south with a very mixed community of residents, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian and of course Brits. I feel I am in the ideal location; I have the convenience of the resorts less than 10 minutes down the mountain should I want to boogie the night away or I can go uphill 5 minutes and be surrounded by a very different lifestyle where English is rarely heard.

I like to get out and explore, one of my favourite pastimes being travel, so it is little wonder that whatever else is happening, one day a week is spent with friends travelling the island. We have no particular plans; just go where the road takes us. This has enabled me to get what I believe is a good balanced view, not only of the resorts but also the small towns and villages.

my own inability to get to grips with the language ... still the locals are very forgiving and love it when ex-pats have a go, no matter how wrong we get it.

I only recently started blogging but have always been 'creative'. While in the UK, I liked to escape from the 9-5 routine by painting and writing stories for my children and grandchildren when they were young. It seems such a shame to keep the knowledge I have gained of our beautiful island to myself, so blogging for me is just a pleasurable extension, which has been encouraged by family and friends.

The only regret I have about living in Tenerife has nothing to do with the island; it is my own inability to get to grips with the language. Whether it is an age thing or there is only so much space in the brain, I don't know, but as I learn a new word an old word drops out the other side. Still the locals are very forgiving and love it when ex-pats have a go, no matter how wrong we get it. We are always good for a laugh!

 
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