Steve Andrews

the island spoke to him and said: "This is where you belong!"

Steve Andrews is Cardiff born and Cardiff bred, and lived there until the end of 2004 when he moved to Tenerife. He had been to the island on holiday two years before and felt as if he had found where he truly belonged. It was a bit like how a transsexual feels trapped in the wrong body. For Steve it was as if he had been trapped in the wrong country. It was as if the island spoke to him and said: "This is where you belong!"

Coming to Tenerife was a life-changing experience in more ways than one though because Steve had to conquer his fear of flying to get there. He wanted to visit his friend the singer-songwriter Priscilla Hernandez, who lived in La Laguna and who had a song entitled Flying. Priscilla told him he would be fine once he was up there on the plane and able to look down on the sea of clouds. Her song had the lyric: "Dare to fly...", and so he did!

Steve fell in love with the island on his first day because for him it was like a walk back in time

Steve fell in love with the island on his first day because for him it was like a walk back in time. He had been brought up with a bee-keeper granddad and there had been lots of lizards on the railway bank by where his beehives were. Here in Tenerife, Steve was seeing lizards everywhere and plenty of honeybees. Steve was fascinated by the wildlife and the exotic flowers and trees, and he will never forget his first meeting with a Dragon Tree. "Wow! What's that?" he asked his friend who told him it was a "Drago." But it was as if the tree spoke to him as well. "Come and live on Tenerife," it said.

he ended up moving to San Marcos where he has been ever since earning his living writing for Tenerife News and other publications

Big Issue Cymru magazine, in which he had a column in Wales, had dubbed Steve the Bard of Ely. The title referred to the Ely estate on which he lived and to his talents as a singer-songwriter. When he first moved into the Chayofita complex in Costa del Silencio there were too many similarities with what he had left behind, what with all the Brits there who couldn't miss the latest episode of Eastenders. It seemed a bit like a subtropical council estate, and wasn't like the north of the island that he had grown to love. So he ended up moving to San Marcos where he has been ever since earning his living writing for Tenerife News and other publications.

However, before he left Chayofita, Steve was getting known a a singer down Flicks Bar in Costa del Silencio where his green beard had started a cult following. Green beard masks became the order of the day.

But near where he ended up living in San Marcos he discovered a pyramid. It was in a road called Camino La Suerte ("Roadway of the Luck"). It was a sign, thought Steve who has been investigating the pyramids here ever since, and says he feels like Tenerife's answer to Indiana Jones!
 
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