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    Default 2018 Canary Islands

    Being a teacher has its perks. Recently, we had a week of school holidays in March. I found some cheap flights to the Canary Islands and decided to spend 7 days there. We started with 4 days on Fuerteventura followed by 3 days on Tenerife.

    I haven't had time to write the blog yet...I just managed to edit the pics and upload them onto the blog. Maybe I can work on the writing on Easter Sunday.

    Let's start off with a bang with some panoramic views...

    Parque Natural Jandia

    Cofete and Pico de la Zarza


    La Entallada

    Parque Natural Corralejo

    Punta de Teno



    Even more Masca


    Teide Caldera


    Some extra scenery shots...

    Hornos de Cal de La Guirra, Fuerteventura

    Antigua, Fuerteventura

    View around Mirador de Morra Velosa

    Castillo del Toston

    La Entallada

    Parque Natural Corralejo

    Punta de Teno




    Did you expect me to go anywhere without catching some new species? There was a bit of overlap in species with the Mediterranean, so it wouldn't exactly be easy to do well on with a large number of new species in the Canaries. However, with a bit of determination, I did catch 21 new species

    White Seabream (Diplodus sargus) - Species #772

    Guinean puffer (Sphoeroides marmoratus) - Species #773

    Canary Damsel (Abudefduf luridus) - Species #774

    Golden Grey Mullet (Chelon aurata) - Species #775

    Azores chromis (Chromis limbata) - Species #776

    Madeira Goby (Mauligobius maderensis) - Species #777

    Rock-pool Blenny (Parablennius parvicornis) - Species #778

    Bastard grunt (Pomadasys incisus) - Species #779

    Axillary Seabream (Pagellus acarne) - Species #780

    Common Two-Banded Seabream (Diplodus vulgaris) - Species #781

    Salema (Sarpa salpa) - Species #782

    Sharpsnout Seabream (Diplodus puntazzo) - Species #783

    Black Scorpionfish (Scorpaena porcus) - Species #784

    Saddled Seabream (Oblada melanura) - Species #785

    Madeira Rockfish (Scorpaena maderensis) - Species #786

    Red Porgy (Pagrus pagrus) - Species #787

    Pearly Razorfish (Xyrichtys novacula) - Species #788

    Emerald wrasse (Symphodus trutta) - Species #789

    Molly Miller (Scartella cristata) - Species #790

    Rock Goby (Gobius paganellus) - Species #791

    Macaronesian Sharpnose-Puffer (Canthigaster capistrata) - Species #792


    And some non-lifers

    Annular Seabream (Diplodus annularis)

    Comber (Serranus cabrilla)

    Mediterranean Rainbow Wrasse (Coris julis)

    Cardinalfish (Apogon imberbis)

    Painted Comber (Serranus scriba)

    Flathead Grey Mullet (Mugil cephalus)

    Ornate Wrasse (Thalassoma pavo)

    Planehead Filefish (Stephanolepis hispidus)

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    Great pictures and post. I eagerly await the blog to go with them. Get ready for the haters whom think public servants, and especially teachers should not be able to afford any such trips.

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    You know what...I wrote a whole reply about "teachers should not be able to afford such trips"...but I deleted it. I won't let that negativity ruin this report.

    All I have to say is this...if you can't deal with your child for a couple of hours each evening and you think you need a holiday, I deal with your child plus 30 other children for 80 minutes each class...3 classes a day...10 months a year...and you expect me not only to teach your child something new each day, but to get 90's in the course.

    You should be paying me to go on holiday just to babysit your child 5 times a week...nevermind trying my hardest to help your child succeed in the course...

    I know that doesn't sound like a passionate teacher. I'm just laying it out like it is. I love my career and I bring all my energy to class each day. But people don't see all the work behind the scene. They just see benefits, pension, holidays as perks of teaching. Meanwhile, we spend 4-5h each night preparing lessons, marking, writing reports, calling parents...above of our regular day school hours.

    Oh...I also teach night school and tutor 5 students a week.
    Last edited by MuskieBait; March 31st, 2018 at 10:49 AM.

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    As a husband whose wife taught in the worst parts of Scarborough for over 30 years , I agree with you totally. Most people have no idea of the dedication that teachers have to the kids and their profession. My wife just chimed in , ' that if you did not have those breaks , you would have no teachers'. How true.
    Last edited by fishermccann; March 31st, 2018 at 10:47 AM.

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    Wife just said you should have left up the first post.

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    I'm teaching locally-developed math at the moment. Essential kids. You wife should know what my class is like each day

    Let's bring it back to topic. Thanks for reading!
    Last edited by MuskieBait; March 31st, 2018 at 11:01 AM.

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    Yes, my wife taught DD, and ESL, we await the written report of your trip to a place we have always wanted to visit.

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    I'll put up the links when the blog is written.

    You and your wife should visit. We found flights as low as $800 return. Hotels can be $70/night (about 3-4 stars), or hostels can be $50/room/night. Car rental for about $300/week. Food is decent too. Eating at the local cafes and restaurants, we pay about $7-10/meal or if you stay at a guest house, you have a kitchenette and you can prepare all your breakfasts and lunches (and even dinner if you like). We made a lot of sandwiches for breakfast and lunches, then eat out for dinner. Everything was tax included. All the prices are converted to Canadian.

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