El roque de los muchachos

This is where I was staying until last week, next to the beautiful MAGIC telescopes. They are a pair, and you can see both in the picture. Even though one of them is just visible as a reflection in the mirrors of the other telescope! Most of the time the weather was to bad for the telescopes to operate, but on a few occasions  we were able to see the telescopes in action and to see them move through the night sky. Quite the impressive sight! Continue reading

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Los Cancajos

Here we are now, finally caught up with my summer vacation.  (Yes I cheated and moved the posts back in time to roughly the time we were there)

So let’s get to where I’m currently at:¬† La Palma. I arrived with a couple of spare days to spend at the beach. I had booked a place in a hotel in Los Cancajos, as it was the closest place to the airport where we could stay. As it turns out this was lucky, since Los Cancajos has a beach, while there is no beach in Santa Cruz de La Palma, the island’s capital city. They are building one, but it won’t be ready for a few years. Continue reading