San Miguel De Teguise or Villa Teguise bears the name of the beautiful daughter of Guadafra, last king of the original inhabitants of Lanzarote, the Guanches. The Princess who married the knight who conquered the island for the crown of Castile, Jean (Maciot) De Bethencourt.
Arrecife is the administrative and commercial area of the island, with modern buildings and shop lined streets. Modern life has not stopped it from conserving the character and style of the colonial fishing village it once was. You appreciated the history when walking through the towns tree lined streets with white houses. Charco de San Ginés, the natural lagoon in the old town with the fishing boats tied up and men repairing their nets.
I had worked in the Canary Islands for 5 years, mainly on the Island of Lanzarote. The island of Lanzarote is my favourite so it’s only fitting I write a blog post or two. Luckily when working in Lanzarote I developed a website called Everything-Lanzarote. I shut down the site not long after I left, however kept the information.
All this de-cluttering is proving to be quite fruitful, for the local charity shop anyway. I have started slowly and have set a challenge of at least one item or one group of items everyday. One thing that has surprised me apart from the amount of crap I own is that it doesn’t take much time.
I mentally pictured each area I was going to declutter, wardrobe, under the bed and the store-room with the tools in. All these areas had items I no longer used or was unlikely to use. On that aircraft I drifted into a thoughtful sleep my dream was for a more meaningful life with less stuff.
Today is completely different I have a healthy bank account and can choose what I do and where I go. I spend less as I ask myself what value is an item going to give back to me. This is probably the best position I have ever been in. 12 years ago I owed thousands and worked just to pay back debt.