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A delicate balance

© Miguel Ángel Vilela (



From my last stay inTenerife, I learned a few lessons about how not to plan a holiday. The hard way.


1. Never travel to Tenerife in summer or whenever is "too hot". That's above 25 ºC for me :P

I estimate this means I should avoid going there from June to October, maybe May as well.


2. Never "work from home" to make the stay longer, in only makes it all harder. Unless there is a really good workplace where I can isolate myself from interruptions. My job comes with plenty of these.


3. Never be out by end of quarter, September being worst. Never, ever go out during or near Perf.

If you don't know what that is, lucky you! ;)


4. Never organize family reunions. That's work I'm not used to, turns out too stressful.


Never Again. Ever.


When you become an expat, you kinda lose your holidays. They aren't holidays anymore, but rather social visits to those who you miss and/or miss you. But you can only do so much in a few days, it quickly tends to be stressful. It's taken me five years to realize that I need to find a balance between hanging out with people and chilling out for a bit of a vacation that would pass for real holiday.


A very delicate balance.


Like the exposure in this photo, so that you can just make out some detail in the shady rock on the bottom while keeping detail in the clouds and sky. This one I could nail it :)




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Camera Info: Nikon D700 | 35mm(ƒ/2) | ƒ/8 | 1/250s | ISO 200 — Handheld — Natural daylight.

Processed with Raw Therapee with no exposure or color temperature tweaks. No HDR.

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Taken on September 18, 2011