|This is a Dragon tree, a native species to the Canaries.|
While she's doing smart stuff and the kid is in day camp atop a nearby mountain, I'm here in La Laguna writing. Working vacations are the only kind of vacations writers get. The change of venue has done me good, because Madrid is stifling this time of year. Not that Tenerife is much cooler. Being off the coast of Western Sahara it's part of Africa even if it is owned by Spain and filled with Spanish Colonial architecture.
|Seventeenth-century private home, now a museum.|
|Yours truly at another part of the same house.|
|These prehistoric-looking plants sprout out of walls everywhere.|
|Another church in the nearby town of Santa Cruz.|
|Being an island, of course we visited the beach. That's me in the water, still freezing despite being at 28 degrees latitude. I'm swimming in an artificial lagoon of volcanic rock so the undercurrent doesn't sweep me all the way to the Caribbean.|