Arona Fighters

An evening of boxing is to be held in the Jesus Dominguez “Grillo” sports club, Avda Chayofita, Los Cristianos on February 24, where fans can enjoy two professional and 9 amateur matches.


The professional matches include two of the most charismatic sportsmen on the island, Adasat “Toro” Rojas and Jacobo Barreto “Caco”. The amateur matches include a female match between the champion of Spain amateur Melissa Tudge against Patri who is experienced in Kickboxing but has now moved into the ‘noble art’. The evening starts at 7.30pm.

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Tablets as a learning tool

The social services section of La Caixa bank has donated four tablets to the Los Olivos centre.

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The Adeje Los Olivos Centre for people with special needs has, since its inception, worked on ways to develop and stimulate the quality of life of those who attend the centre, and “following a pilot programme, has approved the use of computer tablets for users of the centre who have shown how they can adapt to different applications that are geared for their use”, according to councillor for the centre, Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro.

As a result of this experience, the Los Olivos group, representing mothers and fathers of the users of the centre, presented a projected using new technology for users to the social services division of the La Caixa bank, resulting in the donation of four tablets to the centre.    According to the councillor, the donation “will improve the range of possibilities for users of the centre, helping to improve their cognitive perceptions as well as their use of information technology.  The diverse therapies used at the Los Olivos centre have allowed for the advancement in the autonomy of many users and contributed to an improvement in the quality of life for those with special needs”.

Present at the handing over of the tablets were Councillor Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro,  Pilar Quiroga Gutiérrez, negotiations director for Tenerife West, La Caixa, ; Eva María Salazar Arrocha, director of La Caixa, Adeje,  Amadeo Barba Santos, president of the Los Olivos parents group and Artemis Carballo García, from the special needs unit.

Currently, the Los Olivos centre has 119 users and attends to a further 65 individuals. Individuals have different needs and require different levels of care and attention, and are helped in terms of social educative, personal, community and work-related integration.  Programmes run by the centre include occupational workshops, psychological attention, work experience for social advance, adult development schemes, ‘my time’ (family break schemes), and a carers school among other initiatives.

 

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Walk – La Laguna – Santa Cruz.

The final chapter, another easy day that wasn’t.

The tram took us back up to La Laguna and that was the easy bit. We walked up the nearest hill, good view back to La Laguna, but our way from there looked awkward so we dropped down to the road again and picked up the ‘correct’ lane further on.

Higher up we met a Dutch couple who seemed to be in completely the wrong place, they were using an alternative Kompass map, which didn’t seem much better than ours. As we climbed the lane, numerous runners in various states of exhaustion were pounding down. Obviously some sort of training run was in progress and the only person to stop and chat said they had already done 20k on a circuit from La Laguna.

Higher up a farmer tending his frisky cattle gave us some indication of a route through to Santa Cruz. At the highest point we rested whilst more runners came through. A track led off in the right direction through cacti and other prickly shrubs.

All was going well and we met up with a ‘Camino Lecheras’ which promised a continuing way. Research later has shown this was the route for transporting dairy products from La Laguna to Santa Cruz.

This was quoted on one site – La vegetación predominante en esta zona es una variedad del cardonal tabaibal, abundando bejeques, balos, cornicales, faro, incienso, verode, cerrillo, mato risco, tederas, tasaigo, magarza, pitera, gomereta, jediondo, culantrillo y otras. I think we must be missing something

Anyhow, we managed to loose that camino and took our own way down to the road at Valle Jimenez where we thought we had found our route. Crashing through undergrowth brought us onto a lane heading in the right direction. Then it was hopefully back up a cleared path, Lamesa, seemed to be going somewhere but ran out at the upper road near some transmission stations. We were challenged by security as to what we were doing but when we said walking to Santa Cruz our obvious stupidity allowed us through. The embarrassing thing was that we could soon be retracing our steps. At a viewpoint we could see Santa Cruz and decided to make a break for it down ancient terracing. All went well and soon we were on a road which zigzagged all the way into town. We celebrated our completion, almost, with a beer in a cafe near the port.

Next morning we relaxed over breakfast and repacking. A stroll through town to the market and then the emblematic Auditorium, an arching concrete structure. Past the inviting ‘lido’ was the Palmetum where we spent an hour marveling at the diversity of botany. Back to the bus station for lunch and the transfer to the airport.

Snow on our local fell has not melted since our return.

So we walked almost coast to coast across Tenerife. The GR131 only existed between Arona and La Esperanza and was excellently waymarked. The bits we did at either end linking to the ports, surely the original idea of a route through the Canaries, were virtually nonexistent. With a little more research we could have found a better way through what is good walking territory, it was good fun trying. Can’t imagine the local authorities will get round to completing the route.

On to the next Island….

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