Canary Expedition 2015

In May 2015 I went on my second astronomical expedition to the Canary Islands. Second year in a row. Because I’m passionate about astronomy and because La Palma – La Isla Bonita. La Palma is home to the largest optical astronomical observatory in the world and a park with many other national observatories. It is a Mecca for astronomers, along with Chile and Hawaii, has special anti-light pollution legislation and one of the most beautiful skies in the world. But astronomy is not everything in La Palma. Although it is only 42 km long and 28 km wide, the diversity of this island is the size of an entire continent. The Isle of Eternal Spring.


The island of La Palma in the Canary archipelago is addictive. I was only two years in a row, but Vali Grigore, one of the organizers of the expedition, was about 10 times in a row, year after year. In short, La Palma is a tropical island with a perfect climate of eternal spring, with high volcanoes, in North-West Africa, but which belongs to Spain and has an infrastructure worthy of any Western European territory (much better than in Romania ). Obviously, it is an area of the European Union, with the euro currency. Besides, when I was there, the prices were low, almost like in Bucharest.

Why don’t they all go there.. Because tourists with fitze are mostly attracted to the neighboring island of Tenerife, and in terms of housing, because outside of vacations you have limited possibilities of expression and earning: astronomy, salt mining, tourism, hotels and restaurants, stone. The area is considered, at best, underprivileged by the Spanish. Please, don’t tell anyone, don’t crowd there.. The sand on the beach is pitch black so you definitely wouldn’t like it there..

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Canary 2014 – First encounter with paradise

In 2014 I decided that my soul needed another hobby, I searched deep in my memories and realized that I have always been fascinated by the stars. From this moment, without dwelling on other redundant thoughts, I sought to act concretely towards astronomy. I remembered an astronomy club attended 10 years ago by my then girlfriend.

Then, 10 years ago, the stars had fallen asleep in my mind. I hadn’t been to any of their meetings even though she had a telescope and I remember she invited me every time. All at their time.

At the beginning of my life, when I looked up at the black and starry sky in the countryside, in Argeș, I saved that memory among the few that mark your life. From then until my hormones went crazy in my teenage years, I would want to be an astronaut and an explorer.

Then followed a life full of form, disengaged, productive, sometimes depressed, but without salt and pepper for the soul.

The reawakening of my soul had begun shyly since around 2012, with the first mountain hikes. This step would have taken me even further towards reconnecting and defining myself as a person.

From these memories to the first step towards astronomy, it was just a google search. Google search, “astronomy, SARM”. “It’s like SARM was called, from sarmale..”. The result sends me to the page of the Romanian Astronomical Society of Meteors (SARM), more precisely to their excursion page.

“Yes, a trip like that would be a good step,” I thought. I called, booked a place and in a few months we were leaving for the Canary Islands.

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