In this period of pandemic, musings, longings, dreams, visions of the future, plans become many. The list is getting long. What places should we go to? Where are we going first? Depending on the time of year when its possible to go abroad again, what do we choose and in what order? The next thing I know, I'm sitting for the hundredth time, going through photos and remembering what we've already have done, places, people, experiences... aaa what I long and how happy I am to have experienced what I have allready done.
In the meantime, I make a look back to the first 2 abroad trips me and my husband made with the children when we met a little bit more than 7 years ago. We chose to go to Gran Canaria and Arguineguin for 2 summers.
The children were so small that it felt like a good idea to stay in a large hotel that has everything. We got hold of good price and went to Sunwing Arguineguin Seafront with Ving.
A very nice apartment overlooking the stage and the sea at the hotel. Everything you could possibly need was to find at the hotel and my extra son also tried the hotel hairdresser with good results. Many arrangements for children, food, buffets with different food themes every day, drinks, ice cream in abundance. This was like a dream world for the children. Large and nice pools where we kept most of the waking time of day. And just as much fun every time Lollo and Bernie came walking.
One of the arrangements for children and young people was Mini Melo. They who wanted choosed a song and started to practice, either mime or sing and dance, all depending on what they dare to do. The evening when it is Mini Melo they who was responsible for the event made a really nice arrangement so it should feel like real Mello. The kids was standing on a decorated scene with a jury and stage host, they had a greenroom with snacks and the small performers was standing on the main stage as the whole hotel can see. Our girls could´t find a song they wanted... the choice was simply to sing acapella on both trips.
Youngest sang the first year "Lady" with Björn Skifs and the second year the girls ran together with the song "Hold me" with Nanne Grönwall. Very brave 😊
One day on our first trip to Grancan in 2014, Stefan and I thought we should do something fun and rented a car to look around the island. Said and done, we went away and it didn't take many minutes before the question came "when are we going back to the hotel?". That question then came countless times during the trip while we looked at beautiful views and had lunch at a restaurant that was inside the mountain. After this little fiasco, we chosed not to make a new drive the next time we arrived in 2015, we choose to wait until the kids got bigger and maybe not just want to eat ice cream and hang out by the pool.
The trip in 2015 we took a little walk outside the hotel and find a pool at a diving center. The girls wanted to dive and we decided to come the next morning. The oldest had tried the pooldive at home before but it is new for our youngest. The center had a theory review of what to think about and how it works. Then the girls had to help rig the diving equipment to learn how to do. They had fun and everything goes so well they ended up doing a lot of exercises like taking out and putting the regulator back in the mouth, filling and emptying the mask, somersaults, swimming through rock rings throwing a toyped to each other, telling how much air is left, etc. A really fun morning.
I really liked the hotel in the sense that everything is available, it is bright, clean, there are gyms, daily arranged workouts in the pool, always something to eat that is well prepared, evening entertainment with performance and music where we could choose to sit down by the outdoor dining and watch or on our balcony with direct view to the stage. It was different themes every night. I really enjoyed every evening!
What is minus for me and Stefan who gets a bit restless was that there are not so fun places outside the hotel to walk around, but for the moment it´s okay.
With the benefit of hindsight until May 2020, I have to say that this hotel itself if you do not look at anything outside has been the best hotel so far.
If you are happy to spend most of your time in the hotel area I can really recommend this hotel.
A giant creature that I admired since very little and saw the humpback whale on tv for the first time.
So big, enigmatic, friendly, loving and in its way athletic in its element water.
And their song that means so much more than you still know scientifically today.
There are many stories about how the humpback whale have saved both humans and other creatures from for example shark attacks.
It's great to see these great creatures jump up from the water and hit the surface with their big body.
The humpback whales belong to the bard whales and eat only during the hunting season which is during the summer period, the rest of the period they live on their fat reserves. Depending on the area, they eat krill, herring and other shoal fishes that they stun with their bubbles, rings into a bubble net or strike with tails or pectoral fins. When the humpback whale hunts in pack, they make a bubble net in a large circle where the diameter of the circle can be up to 30 meters. The bubble net becomes like a visual barrier where the humpback whales make the circle smaller and smaller where they finally go up to the surface with an open mouth and catch the mass of fishes. In practical and theoretical terms, a human can easily fit into the whale's mouth, but the pharynx is too small for us to be swallowed.
The humpback whale has something called bards and is comb-like slices that are of the protein keratin, which means that they are not as hard as, for example, teeth in other animals. These discs help to filter the food from the water.
The humpback whale swims alone or occasionally in temporary small groups. During the summer period when its hunting, they can gather in larger groups to hunt fishes together.
They usually swim 6-12 km/h, but during their hikes they increase their speed to 27 km/h.
The humpback whale can grow up to 19 metres and weigh up to 40 tonnes (approximately 20 passenger cars). The average length is around 12-14 meters where the female is usually a little longer than the male.
A newborn calf is about 4-5 meters long and weighs about 1300 kg. A whale mother goes pregnant for 11 months and becomes the most common pregnant every two years.
The first thing the mother does when her baby is born is to push her baby up to the surface to get her first breath.
The baby are breast feed for about 6 months and then starts to hunt and eat its own food but have milk from her mother up to the year.
The humpback whale has wart-like nodules spreading over the head and lower jaw that are reformed hair follicles. On the tubers, barnacles often grow, making the tubers even more visible.
Like our fingerprints, the tail and pectoral fins have a personal appearance and pattern, making it easy to recognize individuals.
Merry Christmas 2021
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