Sitting upstairs in Loris Tapas bar Teguise on a sunny Sunday is just an ideal way to relax and let the weeks stresses and strains drift away. Okay! I don’t have any stresses or strains from last week but still, a great place to relax. Today will be a little different as I usually have coffee and cake but for a change I will enjoy some mouth-watering tapas.
Loris tapas bar is situated in a small plaza close to plaza de constitution in the 600 year old village of Teguise. I first met Loris about 18 months ago when I was on a recce of the village for a tour I would do. Everyone in this village is very friendly and whoever you are and wherever you’re from you’ll always be made welcome.
Loris is from Italy and moved to Lanzarote with his lovely wife Maria and they own an old tapas bar. The tapas bar is 2 floors and I’ve become accustomed to sitting at the top of the stairs at a small table, I feel comfortable but out-of-the-way from the hustle and bustle of this busy bar. Every Sunday Loris plays jazz music as well as the odd Spanish song which everyone joins in. The atmosphere here is a warm friendly one with a little bit of a celebration thrown in, it makes for an interesting, never boring occasion.
Upstairs has an ornate wooden roof with a beam across the centre, the walls are traditional plaster and stone which has been decorated in plants and artwork. There are seven small wooden tables with wooden chairs on a floor that reminds me of my old school days. Downstairs is the bar, some benches and tables, most of the people and tables are outside. As it’s market day there are plenty of people milling around and enjoying Loris’s hospitality as well as the market stalls.
The coffee is delicious and the cakes are moist, both highly recommended. The menu makes your mouth water, with traditional Canarian tapas dishes made the Italian way, a real treat. Tapas for Two leads the way on the menu with an explanation of how tapas came about.
Our tapas: The word “tapas” means “cover”, that comes from the old habit of covering drinks and glasses of wine in bars and restaurants with a piece of bread or cut of ham. Tapas are a variety of small savoury Spanish dishes, often served as a snack with drinks, or with other tapas as a meal. No week is complete without a visit to Loris tapas bar in Teguise.
So I have 32 days left in Lanzarote and to be honest they can’t go quickly enough. Things have started to get odd as it seems you get ostracised (although Ostriches don’t bury their heads in the sand). I’ve been asked four times where I want to fly home to and as you have to give three choices, I guess I’m booking and paying for my own flight, because I don’t get the feeling that after nine years with the company they are going to send me to the airport I need to go, everything is also so last-minute that you can’t make any plans. There are a million and one things but I’ve just had to sign a gagging order, so no gossip from me then!
I have to get my finger out as I’ve a hell of a lot to do, I thought leaving a job would free up my time but it turns out I’m going to be filling it with even more than I originally thought. In fact just so I have a to do list I’m going to share what I have planned with you. This list is not in any particular order which is not a good thing because I really need to be organised before I leave Lanzarote.
Sell everything I don’t need.
I’ll be using Gumtree, Facebook and possibly be doing a car boot sale if those are still a thing.
Order all the stuff I do need. (Okay I probably don’t need them)
If anyone has affiliated links to Amazon, DD Hammocks, Alpkit. Then let me know ’cause I’m buying stuff so you might as well benefit.
Sort my digital life out.
I have accounts everywhere and need to streamline them all so iftt will be busy keeping all my accounts in sync. My Google Drive is messy, so that needs a tidy. I have a few websites to update and prepare for a year of neglect.
Record episodes of my new Travel show and podcast.
Although most of the show will be recorded on the road, I need to record a trailer and the sponsor segments before I leave. (Possible new website on its way too so it’s all in one place)
All the usual crap.
How do you write to everyone (companies mainly) to say I’m now un-employed and homeless when you’re un-employed and homeless. I can’t see the point in a PO-box as I won’t be around to empty it.
Build my touring bike.
Self explanatory really but I need to build a decent back wheel and set it all up. Then load it all up and go.
Sort out the final route and visas.
Turkmenistan has closed its border for people wanting to transit the country, and a tourist visa requires a guide. This may mean I’m going the other way around the world, yep! My itinerary could now possibly be in reverse. So that’s France, Spain, Portugal and then America first or I could go through Africa then South America, depends on visas.
So I’m sure I’ve missed stuff out, I’ve a lot of correspondence to do with a lot of people as well as write scripts and practice talking into a camera surrounded by strangers, that’s weird! The one thing I got wrong on my last trip was not recording segments which were planned, most were ad hoc which is a nightmare to edit. I have to film as if I’m “Live” that way there is less editing and I can upload straight from the camera.
So where can you check my progress?
There are multiple projects going on at the same time but the main website will be mrjholt.co.uk, everything will be here first and then I’ll write different posts and information on each site. For Example. boardwalkphotography.co.uk is my photography site and will have a holding page until I return or stop in a country long enough to populate it. You can donate at boardwalkphotography.co.uk. all donations however small are greatly appreciated and will go towards my journey and keeping the websites up and running. I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, instagram and many more all of which have links on mrjholt.co.uk.