Our first explorations of Lanzarote began at Marina Lanzarote, where we were docked directly in front of a high-end shopping mall. Surely, we’d traveled hundreds of miles to visit exotic, Atlantic Islands…but there we were at Marina Lanzarote gazing up into the orange hue of Burger King’s neon ‘WHOPPER’ sign. During the day, cruise ship passengers browsed duty-free merchandise. From speakers mounted atop overhead sidewalk lights, low-volume elevator music kept shoppers’ moods in check; relax, you’re on vacation, it’s only money and you totally rock that Hugo Boss shirt. At night the overhead speaker music changed to an eery series of electric, intermittent “dings,” “pings,” and “do…do…do’s,” which when heard faintly from inside the boat, particularly when seated beneath the durod vent in the bathroom, sounded as though an alien ship was hovering above and I was the next to be peacefully beamed-up; great timing, aliens, who wouldn’t want to be beamed off the toilet during the wee hours of the morning! Ahhhh, the marina! Luxurious laundry machines, cold showers (wait, are cold showers becoming the new norm!?), intermittent electric, barking dogs…all the joys of being in the ‘burbs. Between chores, we spent several days pal-ing around with friends aboard S/Y Mira Polaris and S/Y Granite, checking off errands and getting together for impromptu brainstorming sessions regarding various boat projects before shifting into cocktail hour. Every sailors’ day should end with a stiff drink and good laugh!Soon, neighbors aboard S/Y Serendipity of Sweden, S/Y Herr Nilsson, S/Y Vagus, and S/Y Win2Win joined the marina antics and we became too many people to contain within Marina Lanzarote’s gates!
When the sun set on Lanzarote, the explorations did not end! But photo-sessions dwindled…bad lighting, of course.These tiny, albino crabs were not the only occupants of Jameos del Agua; a lava cave transformed into a restaurant/night club by Lanzarote’s well known architectural artist, Cesar Manrique. The atmosphere was astounding, service terrible, food delicious, and music (no offense) not good! The next cave bar of the night, Restaurante Lagomar Bar Laqueva, also designed by Cesar Manrique, proved a significantly better experience!