Well I am back (in more ways than one). Had a fabulous time. I never thought I would be able to do it but I did.
I booked a flight to Tenerife in January to travel there in April. I kept a weather eye out for the kind of accommodation that would suit me and finally booked into a hotel in Puerto de la Cruz. The hotel had lifts and because it was quarter the way up a mountain, it provided a complementary bus service to the town centre on the hour every hour..
I organised assisted travel because my eyesight is quite poor and mobility is not brilliant. How amazing was that! I was met at the customs desk in Gatwick and traveled in a buggy to the boarding gate. The guy driving then very kindly helped me in to a wheelchair and wheeled me on to the plane. Met a lovely couple and we gossiped all the way to Tenerife.
On the way off the plane I was placed in a lift that meant I did not have to climb steps and then wheeled all the way to the arrivals lounge. What was the temperature I hear you ask? 26 degrees I reply with a grin on my face that I defy anyone to match.
I took one very light suitcase and because I felt fairly refreshed I was able to walk across the road and catch a coach to Puerto. On arrival I caught a taxi to take me to the hotel (3 euros). The hotel was lovely but I was a bit daunted by the steepness of the road outside.. But that was what the complementary bus was for.
It felt a bit odd being out and about, on my own, given I had spent the last five years becoming increasingly more ill and having to really struggle to find out why. However, I shrugged my shoulders, pulled myself upright and thought how lucky I was to able to find out what was wrong and start to put it right. And, what amazing place to come to to try and assess what I could now do to help myself further. The first thing I noticed was how much my muscles ached.
Taking a fairly conservative approach I decided to start gently and try and build up levels of exercise every day. I decided I would wake up and start the day about 7.00 am by having a good breakfast. Then I would spend a bit of time assessing how I felt to see what level of activity I could enjoy that day, do a few stretches and finish assessment by having a nice shower. I also decided that I would try and eat healthily. But primarily, I thought having fun was the top priority.
Well everybody, I packed so much into that two weeks that I will write another blog to share the fun!!!. The photo was of a guy who performed a number of moving statues.