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Monday, 16 January 2017

Jaro and his bike are now in Spain (middle January/2017)....

Jaro and his bike flew to Spain, and are staying in the town of Playa Santiago, on the island of La Gomera.  Here is his blog:

Until the middle of January, I was stuck in Montreal.   Luggage has been packed since early November, but still no visa from Spain, so everything delayed this year.  My apartment was pre-paid, so I was paying for an empty place.

The airfare was another thing that was affected by the long delay in obtaining the Spanish visa - I booked on the day I got the visa and left the next day. The airfare was  just over $1000 Canadian, with my bike, and with a seat with extra room.

The ferry from Tenerife to La Gomera was 34€, on the "Fred Olson".   Pretty big boat, as ferries go, complete with lounge and restaurant on the upper deck, with cars and trucks below. The trip takes 50 minutes. and the ferry services other islands in the Canaries as well.

Then a $40€ taxi fare from the port to Playa Santiago.  The new digs are very nice!   The apartment is fairly large, almost ground level, in a gated complex with a pool in the middle. The rent is CAD $60/day and includes cable, wifi and a small TV.  A laundry machine is installed in the kitchen, along with a small fridge. Some cooking items were missing, so I requested those. Less than 5 minute walk to the coast and supermarket.
Hardly any traffic on the roads here - they are good quality and VERY hilly - endless switchbacks to get anywhere.  Also, there are tunnels on some roads. Very quiet town -- nothing like Tenerife's coastal tourist resorts.

Photos belong to Jaro Franta

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