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Day 2 - Is this happiness?

I was woken up early in the morning by the wind. I don't know if it blows always during the night or is just temporary. Anyway the weather is perfect: warm enough during the day to wear shorts or dress. I tried also the water in Puerto de la Cruz and it's cold. I still hope to take a bath before I leave, even if I might get cold after.
Today we did an exploratory ride on the island. We started from south-east, took the highway till Santa Cruz de Tenerife. On one side there was the sea and on the other side the mountains. The vegetation on the east coast is more dry than the other side of the island, is a semi-desert. I was not able to take pictures with all the landscape due to the speed but my eyes immortalized everything.
From Santa Cruz de Tenerife we crossed the island towards Puerto de la Cruz. Here we took a longer break from driving, had the first coffee of the day (around 1pm),eat something and tried the water. The sand here is black. It's funny but when I saw the sand on my toes I thought it looks like caviar.
I usually avoid touristic attractions but this time I went to one of these places, and I will go to a few others in the next days (go with the flow). I'm talking about Loro Park. This is like a zoo with different species and shows with dolphins, sea lions, orcas.
We spent 2-3h wandering around. I can't help but wander if those animals are happy with what they are doing. As the song of Pharrell, clap your hands if you're happy, the sea lions were clapping, but how are they behaving in their natural habitat? At the orcas show they tried to show us how those mammals are in their natural habitat. I couldn't enjoy it too much. All the animals are beautiful and I appreciate the opportunity to see them but still it's worth to sacrifice their freedom for our amusement? I saw for the first time red panda. They are so cute I'm gonna die!
From the park we drove down to south following the west coast. Here the vegetation is more luxurious. I liked more this side of the island. The highway was through the mountains, at high altitude. At some point we found ourselves again with the ocean on one side and the mountains on the other one. I wish I could have captured the sunset. It was amazing. Those shades of blue, purple, red. The sea and the sky were becoming one thing in the horizon.
After 145 km (according to Google) we ended up in the same Irish pub. I think we'll go back there the next nights too. Tonight there was a gentleman singing live jazz music.
After today I noticed:
- on the island are a lot of older people
- most of them British or German
- they look so happy and enjoy the moment
Maybe this is not a bad place to spend the cold winters when you will not be young and beautiful.
In the morning there were some clouds but they vanished quickly
On the left is Puerto de la Cruz
Beach with black sand in Puerto de la Cruz 
@Puerto de la Cruz 
Live music in the Irish pub


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