A blog about Tenerife, Linedancing, Food, Shopping etc.

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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year

Photo; Our kitchen this afternoon.


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Friday, December 30, 2011

Lewinski 29.12.2011

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Nice Work Partners




It has surprised me lately how well the Canarians work with us.
As you know there's a saying that they normally are moving on very slowly
just thinking 'mañana, mañana...'.

My experience is the opposite!

The ones we work with are always on time, -so far. Even the shops that have delivered mattresses, laundry machines etc. It's only a couple of apartment owners who have messed around with us, but they will not get much help finding tenants next year.
Normally when Brito call somebody about something they start working on the problem directly.
They quickly make decisions and full fill them.
My experience is they are faster than many other nationalities here on Tenerife.
But, it may be said that Brito also have told them 'the rules' directly in the beginning.
They all know they have to be on time. If they, without reason, are more than 10 minutes late they fall out and have to wait til an other day to get a new appointment.

I've lately tried to get in contact about some business with a couple of people from
XXXXXXX (i will not tell you the nationality).
They haven't been answering me even when they know I like to buy something they have for sell.
They haven't answered the calls, not responded to my sms message. Nothing!
People who act like this will never get a big business. A person who can't take responsibility for small things in the beginning will for sure never be able to take care of bigger things later on.

Let's say they have changed their mind or sold the stuff to an other person..?
No problem! But if they are people or a business worth of respect
they would anyhow tell me as it is.
Just disappearing is very childish and I wonder; - isn't it many times
uneducated people who act like this?
I will anyhow not spend any more time on them!
They are not professional enough to be in my interest of doing any business with them.

Brito thinks the same. We decided today to skip them. We must move on to get things done and if we let people like this be like anchors that hold us back we better cut the line.
If you like to co-work with us, and get a piece of the cake, you must get on a higher level!

There was a man some time ago who made an appointment with us 12 o'clock in the noon.
He liked us to help him finding tenants for his apartment.
We went over there on time.
10 minutes after 12 he called, without telling us any excuse or reason, and said he will be late
and promised to be there within 5 minutes.
We waited for 10 more minutes and then we decided to leave to not cause
other people having to wait for us.
The man called us after additional 10 minutes (i.e. all together 30 minutes too late!).
Brito told him we couldn't wait for him any longer.

We decided to move this man down to the last number on our "priority list". He's still there!
We haven't yet been visiting his apartment when we think he probably will mess up our schedules by not being on time if we start co-working with him.
Imagine if he would refuse to bring us the keys the day before and we get them in the last minute...and when we open the door we discover no cleaning has been done...and the guest is on the way in from the airport...Oh Dear what a mess that would be!!!

The people we like to work with must be, in case of possibility, available for us.
They must be willing to work with quality, keep their promises etc.
If they don't they will soon fall out.

Maybe I sound like I think I'm very important?
No, I don't think I'm more important than anybody else. Neither Brito!
The problem is only we can't spend our days waiting for people who never show up.
It would drive us crazy! That's why we have decided to work like this.
And believe me or not; IT WORKS!


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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Food


Oh, we have been eating and eating.
To be honest with you I became ill and got fever on Christmas day and then I didn't eat much, but before that I had a lot of everything, every day . .. Just too much!
Sorry if I make you loose your apatite in this post.
I'm just blogging about it to convince myself about how sick this is.

I have plans to get into a diet about the 10th of January. We'll see later if it works or not...
I would like to try out the diet that the English princess went into before she married the prince last summer.
I read somewhere that the diet specialists say it's more or less the answer for
the overweight problems of this earth.

I must loose at least 2 stones to be able to sing and dance in the same time,
i.e. without loosing the breath.
They say some people loose half a stone the first week which sounds very interesting for me.
I would like to see a quick result of my suffering and if I just get into it and start seeing the difference I will for sure make it. That's my thought at the moment...
I've made it before!!!

Oh, I just wish these weekends will get to an end so that I can start.
I'm not a fan of gaining more only because it's the New Year! But I also know the freezer must be emptied of cakes and pastries to make it easier.
This means I must continue eating for a while.

Poor Brito, after the 10th of January there will probably not be much delicacies in the freezer any more, neither in the refrigerator...but he can always sneak into a restaurant and have something yummy if he like...We'll see!



A Christmas plate.


Typical Finnish "sill sallad" with sour cream sauce.


Eggs filled with caviar and big Prawns.


Salted salmon with Swedish mustard sauce from Ikea +
Swedish herrings.


DESERTS:

Apple pie that we had with vanilla sauce or ice cream.
I've made two pies so far during Christmas.


A "Kladd kaka" for 8 people.
This is a typical Swedish brownie that we have with whipped cream or ice cream.
It's dark brown and sticky inside.


A nice cake for "fika".
It has got a layer of crispy caramel mass in under the chocolate.
Very delicious!!!!
We have made 2 cakes so far within two weeks, Brito has helped me out.
One cake has got 20 pieces.
Isn't this sick, please tell me!

This world is anyhow not fare. Brito can eat as much as he likes without gaining weight.
His body is always perfect. I grove bigger with every piece I eat! :-(


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Friday, December 23, 2011




I wish You all a Merry Christmas,
Susanne


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The White Carpet

He avoids stepping on the carpet...


He,he! Poor Brito!
For Christmas I have bought some new stuff for the bathroom.
Brito thinks the white carpet on the floor wasn't such a good idea.
He says it will very soon get dirty and yesterday, when I passed the bathroom door,
I saw him standing like this while he was brushing the teeth.

I know he's right, but I have plans to just throw it into the laundry machine, when it gets dirty + out on the line for a while.... and then it will look clean again.
For me it's more important how the bathroom looks.
I thought a white carpet would make it look nicer than a colored one...and
the price was anyhow only 10 Euros.
I will throw it away when it gets too dirty.
But then I probably will buy a bigger one, also white, because
this one is too small in my point of view.
But, there's one question...; -How will he stand if I buy a bigger one?


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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Jealousy

Oh, I'm s-o-o-o.... tired of jealous people at the moment. They just make me tired!
There are people on this island who can sit all day, drinking beer and making fun of Brito and me and our business. I can't understand it!
We have both been working hard the whole autumn and there's no excuse to be jealous.
Nothing comes to you for free! It's sweat and hard work every day!

I believe many people get opportunities during the lifetime and they could make a great success and become very successful themselves, but when many see the work that it demands to get there they regret.
They are in fact too lazy to make it and they don't like to solve all the problems that probably will take place during the path. When they get the opportunity they sit and dream about it, without doing anything, til it has passed and the door is closed.
Because nothing happened the opportunity was passed to somebody else.

Some might think the right way of living on this island is sitting in the sun with a beer wasting the time away talking sh*t, but I don't like to use my time in this earth that way, neither Brito.
We both like business and enjoy working hard and nobody can steel that from us.
At the moment we, every day, face a lot of problems that need to be solved.
We take them one by one til they are solved and there's no word in this world to explain the feeling we have in the night when the day is over and everything is under control. It's just a lovely feeling and we thank God for every new day we can live this exciting life.
Last night we just stated;
"Tougher days bring greater victories in the end. Quiet days don't take us anywhere".

To everybody who is working hard; Good Luck!


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A nice snack


We are both working like crazy at the moment and tapas like this is what we
eat in the afternoons when we meet up on the balcony to update each other.
Quick and easy to prepare and so delicious!


Brito is just too sweet! Look what I found in my desert...


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Lewinski 15.12.2011

Here a video clip from last Thursday at Lewinski terrace.
Really many line dancers showed up and it was so fun to sing.
Please, click on the small arrow if you like to watch it.


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Friday, December 09, 2011

New Agenda for December

During December I will also have Friday nights off .
My new agenda is:

OFF: Monday, Friday, Saturday
WORK: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday , Thursday

In January I will go back to the normal schedule and sing Fridays.


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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Gingerbread Biscuits

Brito is making a heart for me.

I have started baking for Christmas.
Yesterday I made gingerbread biscuits and the day before I made
cinnamon buns and cream buns.

Brito likes my cream buns and he eats at the moment 3-4 per day.
The gingerbread biscuits also turned out to be very delicious.
The receipt was quite big and we will have to bake for some more
hours before they all are ready.
I guess we will get about 100 biscuits from it.
I eat them with a piece of blue cheese + Swedish glögg and it's very delicious.
Brito is not a fan of glögg and prefer to eat them as a snack.


Before the baking.

Ready.


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Monday, December 05, 2011

Sardinas Frescas


Yes, I know I'm too spoiled! He made fresh sardines with
papas arrugadas and batas + mojo verde.
Delicious!


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Friday, December 02, 2011

Lewinski 01.12.2011

Here's a video clip from last night.
During the clips where you can see me singing, Eric Hill was behind the camera.


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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Tree

Me.

I have bought a big Christmas tree in Sta Cruz, for the balcony.
It looks very nice. Almost like a real one.
Yesterday, late in the night, we started putting it together to be sure we
would not get a big audience.
I will show you a photo later when it gets ready.


Brito.

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Lewinskis 24.11.2011

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Painting, Painting and Painting


Maybe somebody has been wondering what I've been up to when I haven't said anything on this blog for a long time.
One reason, why I've been quiet, is that I've been busy painting (with Brito).
The apartment almost looks like brand new now.

We started the project by paining the balcony furniture earlier in the autumn. Then we figured out we must paint all the flowerpots too...
A couple of weeks ago Brito started thinking everything would look better if he would paint the balcony walls, so he started doing that...

When it finally was ready we started thinking we ought to paint the walls in the kitchen too. That was not the easiest thing because we had to change the color a few times before we were satisfied...

Then Brito started looking at the other rooms and he thought the walls looked so dirty and he started paining them as well...

One night when I got home from work and sat in the kitchen I figured out the golden mirror had to change color too, and all the furniture in the kitchen was in a need of a restoration painting and next day we started painting them all in the same color like before....The mirror turned into a color called "piedra" that is light beige-grey.

When this was ready Brito thought the curtains didn't fit any more and I went out on town and bought new ones...

Like this we have been going on the last 3 weeks! I think it will never be ready!
Every time we sit down and look around we get new ideas of things that have to be done.

Yesterday when it was my day off we took a trip to Sta Cruz and I bought a lot of stuff for the house. I have plans to make a video clip later, when the home is ready prepared for Christmas...


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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Lewinski 17.11.2011

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Lewinski 10.11.2011

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Friday, November 11, 2011

The Volcano

One of the latest photo of the volcano.

The most of you have probably at the moment heard about the volcano outside El Hierro.
It started about a month ago and is situated down in the water outside La Restinga where
Clas and I used to go for vacation.
The volcano is more quiet at the moment but it can very soon take of again.
They don't know yet if there will be a new island born but a lot of magma and lava have been spitted out and it has created a "mountain" down in the water that is over 100 meters high.
It's about 300 meters down to the seabed where it's situated.

Click HERE if you like to watch an all around photo that
has been taken in the area.
You can zoom in and out with the plus(+) and minus(-) keys and
look around by clicking on the different arrows.

The volcano a couple of days ago.



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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Lewinskis 08.11.2011

We have been very busy at Lewinskis terrace lately.
Tuesday night it was 105 guests that visited us during the night.
A sad thing though is that I've caught a cold and yesterday I lost the voice
so that I couldn't sing at all.
Tonight (Thursday) I will sing a couple of songs but the most line dances will be
played as original tracks from the computer.
I've still got a soar throat and a hoarse voice and it's better to take it easy.

Please, click on the small arrow if you like to watch this video clip from Tuesday night.


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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Old Houses

This house in the center of Las Galletas has been evacuated but
how much protection will the fence and the nets be if the house comes down?


There are some old houses on Tenerife that better would be made stronger, or
taken down, in case there would be an heavy earthquake.
People are still living in some of them.

I wonder if all the old high complexes here in Los Cristianos will make it if there will be an heavy earthquake. Have they got a construction that is strong enough? If not I think the "Commmunidades" better should start preparing for this...just in case...
Some have started working on it while some keep quiet hoping for the best.



The house in Las Galletas has only got a function as a lamp holder.


Did the people leave in hurry?
The curtain was anyhow left on the outside when the window was closed.



Las Galletas

Me at the harbor of Las Galletas.

Yesterday when it was my day off we went down to Las Galletas for lunch.


White bread, mojo sauces and a Canarian white wine.


My favorite fish soap that I always have here.


"Sardinillas frescas con papas arrugadas".


Sorry I forgot to take any photos of the desserts.
Brito had something like a mango fromage and I had a carmel brulee.


We took the opportunity to have a stroll along the beach front.

There was a cute little dog that was barking at itself.
It was too windy for the camera microphon and you can't hear how it's barking, but
it probably thought there is an other dog in the water...?
So cute!!!!
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Lewinski 27.10.2011

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Without Makeup


You maybe never have seen me without makeup?
Here you get your chance.
Do you think I look silly with this bow on the head?
Brito think so, but I like it.
But I don't go out on town with it on though.



























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The Best Carpaccio



This is the best Carpaccio I've ever had.
Except the normal ingredients it has got asparagus and roasted apple slices.
Brito is a very good cook! I just think I get too spoiled at the moment!


This time I made the desert...it's a quick made calorie boom!


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Brito Was Assaulted


When Brito woke up Sunday morning (about 8.30) he decided to go over to one of the apartments that we are letting out to change a lamp bulb. A Swedish girl would move in there in the afternoon.

Down at the bar, where we live, he was told that the police were looking for a crazy man who was going around in the town attacking people, but he didn't take much notice about it and continued the walk down to the apartment.

Outside the fuel station he saw a man standing on the street looking at him but he didn't think more about it and continued walking.

The man started following him and on the street outside Hotel Andreas. He was walking on one side of the street and the man on the other.
When Brito a little bit later walked into the street that is between Crisol and Fayser the man passed him.

In the end of the street the man suddenly stopped and started waiting for him.
When Brito came closer to the man the man started talking to him but Brito didn't understand what he said. He probably talked in a north African language because the man looked like he is from this part of Africa.

When Brito then passed the man he suddenly went after him and took a choke grip around his throat so that Brito couldn't breath for a long time.
He was very strong and Brito thought he would get a black out, but after a long while he finally got a grip around the mans leg and started bending it all he could.
This probably caused a lot of pain to the man and he loosed the grep around the throat a little bit and Brito turned around and gave him a smock in the face and then the man run away.

Brito sat down for a couple of minutes to breath and a woman who had been watching it stayed with him and asked if he's okay.
Then he decided to go over to the police station in the next block, that is behind the culture house. When he got back on the street outside the hotel Andreas he saw a man sitting at the street bleeding from the head. The crazy man had also been attacking him.

The police station was closed when it was Sunday morning so he had to call them instead.
After he had been talking to the police he went over to the medical center. He had a lot of pain and a difficulty to breath when the throat started swelling on the inside.
He got antibiotics and he's better now but has still got a lot of pain in the body and in the throat.

The police have probably caught the man, but we haven't heard anything about it.

People with mental illnesses like this should be locked in and not be able to walk around in the town.
They hear voices that tell them what to do and you can never be sure about what they will do next.
If the voice tell them to kill they will kill and they are very strong when they are in this mood and act.
They've got more power than normal and it can even be difficult for a group of many strong men to keep a crazy person like this down while waiting for the police.



Friday, October 14, 2011

Lewinskis 13.10.2011


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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Britos' Fruit Desert


Yesterday Brito made an 'almosa' for us including squids, prawns and clams.
It was so delicious!
He also made a quick fruit desert for us.
Learn how to make it in the video clip below.



Deep fried squids.

Clams.

Garlic prawns.


Please, click on the small arrow if you like to watch him preparing
the fruit dessert.

(Te quiero = I love you, but the Spanish youths write only a 'K' instead of quiero when they
like to make a message shorter... i.e in a sms message.)

The Ingredients:
Different fruits in pieces,
(we had mango, pineapple and kiwi)
Condensed milk or caramel- or chocolate sauce,
(we had condensed milk this time)
Spray cream.

A nice dessert or snack for a hot day like yesterday.


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It's goood!!! Brito finally just had to lick the plate to get all out of it.


Friday, October 07, 2011

Lewinski 06.10.2011

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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Fizzy Water In The Egg Mix


Last Monday Brito and me made a lunch together including Canarian
sausage, salat and fried onion rings.
He put some fizzy water into the egg paste, that you dip the onions in before you
turn them in the flour and fry them, and it caused a crispy very delicious crust.
I didn't know this before and thought I must tell everybody about it.
...Or is it only me who didn't know this tick?
Anyhow, I love them crispy!!!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

New Agenda

I will now start singing Fridays instead off Saturdays.

This is my new agenda:


8.30 - 11.30 pm

Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

Mondays and Saturdays off.



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Saturday, October 01, 2011

A Lovely Day

The main beach in El Medano.

Yesterday when it was my day off I went with Brito down to El Medano.
We went to a restaurant that has a terrace down at the ocean.
The weather was just perfect and we had a lovely relaxing day.


Mi disfruting a glass of local vino blanco.


A snack of camarones is perfect a sunny day like this.


Brito jumped into the ocean to have a swim tour.


Somebody had thrown a pan into the water and the fishes seamed very hungry.
I decided to not have a swim at this place.


I asked Brito to pose for some photos...


After a while he turned out to become a tourist attraction!
A tourist (?), on the other side of the bay, also
started taking photos of him.
She had something looking like a paparazzi camera but I think my
photos are looking better than hers...?
Please, tell me if you see him in some tourist brochure or advertising.
They will for sure have to pay!!!


The waves were rollin' all over him like a water massage.


We ordered some 'chopitos'. Oh, I just looove them!!!


Later on we moved over to the main beach and I could have a swim
without thousands of hungry fishes around me.


I tell you, It was a looovely day!!!