Gran Canaria day 5 – Lost in the desert

When I woke up, I checked my bank account and saw that there was no money on it at all! I was broke. Of course I was a bit upset, but I tried to stay calm and thought about what to do next. As I wanted to go to the next place, I asked a friend of mine online if she can book a place for me. The money I had left was enough for some food and a bus ticket, so this wasn’t a problem at all. Fortunately she booked a place to stay for me via Airbnb in Maspalomas.

I got ready and checked out of the hostel. During that, I got to know the owner of the place, a German woman and had a nice chat with her. When I told her that I do work with Google Maps, she asked me if I can help her with some issues there. The streets on Google Maps were showing wrong and I helped her to report it to the Google Maps Team. She was very thankful about it.

I then left the place, checked the bus times and saw that I still had lots of time left until the bus would come. So I decided to go to the beach and relax a bit there. Afterwards I got into the bus and drove towards Maspalomas. This time the street was straight without any sharp curves. Not like the other one I had to get down.

When I arrived in Maspalomas I contacted my Airbnb host, but he was not at home just yet, so I decided to go towards the beach. I was in Playa de Ingles and I have to say, it is the gayest place I have been so far. When I walked towards the beach I saw cafes, bakeries, butchers, hotels, restaurants, and much more made for gays. You saw the rainbow flag absolutely everywhere!

As I arrived at the beach, I couldn’t believe my eyes anymore! Instead of a beach, I saw a desert right in front of me. Huge dunes were covering the area to the beach and it looked like in the middle of the Sahara desert. The sand actually even comes from there. It was also very hot that day and I burned my feet when I walked up and down the dunes. As I walked there, I also thought how people are able to live in a desert? I also have to say that it looked simply stunning and amazing! Yellow sand everywhere until the horizon!

Then it was time to go back towards the house of my host. The host was a guy in his later age and he showed me around the house and explained me how to open and close the doors, as it worked a bit different there. He himself is from England and is living together with his boyfriend. He also told me that his boyfriend is currently in London. After the little chat I walked back to the dunes, as I really wanted to see the beach.

On the beach itself the water was clear again and it you had different parts of the beach, as it was several kilometers long. One part was reserved for nude bathing, another for LGBT people and the last part was a normal family friendly beach. I walked through all of them (there was no law saying that you had to be nude on the nude beach, it was simply just allowed) towards the famous lighthouse.

From the lighthouse I walked a bit around and bought some souvenirs again. I also walked to the botanic garden and saw the first real coconut palm in my life. Really cool I have to say! But as it was so hot, I walked back to my Airbnb stay. As I walked I saw around 3 gay resorts and nearly no shops at all. I asked myself where people buy water in here, as I was very thirsty. After some time I finally found a small overpriced store and got some water there. I also had to walk up a hill and had an amazing view over Maspalomas.

When I arrived at the house I got some rest and a cold shower and waited for the evening to arrive. Later on the evening I went to the Yumbo center. The center is a shopping mall during the day and turns into a huge gay bar area at night time. There I met a guy and we watched a drag queen show together. I ordered a Guinness there, which was a huge mistake, as they served it with ice cubes and a straw. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this. So disgraceful! No Guinness in the world has deserved to be served like this! But I kept my mouth shut. After the show I went back to my place.

To the next day ->


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