May 3rd (1)

I think today I have two things I want to share/get off my chest, so there will be two separate posts, I think. Maybe.  The first is just a general bringing up to date.

It’s a funny, not much of any kind of day today. We got back from a week’s holiday in the Canary Islands in the early hours of the morning and fell into bed, exhausted after a four and a half hour flight and a further one and a half hours on the road.  And not a good flight either. Bad weather? Turbulence? Hijackers?  Nope. Just crap service from start to finish. We flew with Ryanair, as we have done many times before. We know that they are cheap and cheerful. Well, cheap-ish and,  last night for sure, anything but cheerful.

This is not a rant. We don’t have high expectations of the equivalent of a bus service but… As I said, four and a half hours and it took two or more of those hours before the drinks trolley got to us. With no hot drinks left. And a rude cabin crew member who told us they had run out, it wasn’t her fault and then, when we pointed to the other trolley serving a hot drink even as we spoke, she didn’t even reply. (It was their last one, the girl hadn’t been lying, but she didn’t have the courtesy to reply.) Customer Service presumably doesn’t mean the same in Ryanair speak as it does to the rest of us.  So we paid an inflated £1.80 for 250 ml of Sprite each, which wasn’t what we wanted but was pretty much all they had. That’s £7.20 a litre.  And here’s the thing – exactly the same thing had happened on the outward journey. Not to us; we were in different seats and were served sooner but, by the time they got to the middle of the aircraft, they had run out of hot drinks. Shallow learning curve, don’t you think? Will we fly Ryanair again? Only if there are no alternatives.

Anyway, sorry about that but I feel better now.

The holiday, by the way, was a great success. We stayed at Royal Tenerife Country Club, with Diamond Resorts, a time share club of which we are members. Very satisfied members. The quality of accommodation and service were just great throughout. See, I don’t only grumble, honest.

Reading Malcolm Gladwell on the terrace in this, the best of all possible worlds, to slightly misquote Voltaire.
Reading Malcolm Gladwell on the terrace in this, the best of all possible worlds, to slightly misquote Voltaire.

The Club is a bit out of the way and I think we had pretty much exhausted the surrounding area by the end of the week, but we had a lovely, relaxing time, with a friend who couldn’t have been easier to share an apartment with and a couple of evenings out that were just superb.

So may I recommend Restaurant Pata De Oro in San Blas? They do both A La Carte and Tapas and both were superb.

Restaurant Pata De Oro, San Blas, Tenerife. Well worth a visit.
Restaurant Pata De Oro, San Blas, Tenerife. Well worth a visit.
Tapas to die for.
Tapas to die for.


As I mentioned in the photo caption, I was reading a book by Malcolm Gladwell. If you haven’t read any of his books, do. He makes all sorts of complicated ideas easy to follow. He’s an American or maybe Canadian journalist and I just love his books. Only read two so far, but I’m working on it.


And that’s it for post no1 today. Hope I can remember what the other one was supposed to be about.


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