Another Star of Science

Samuel Ting being given his star in the San francisco convent in Santa Cruz de La Pama
April 15, 2018

Samuel Ting won the Nobel prize for physics for discovering the subatomic J/? particle. He’s been on La Palma for a conference about the  Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer  which is on the International Space Station. ( It’s looking for  antimatter in cosmic rays, to learn more about dark matter and the formation of the Universe.) The Cabildo (the island council) took the chance to include him in their Stars of Science lineup. The idea is…

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Road closures between the observatory and Santa Cruz

March 12, 2018

They’re working on the LP4 road at Los Andennes, near the spectacular view into the Caldera. So the road between the observatory and Santa Cruz will be closed every day in both directions from 09:00 – 13:00 and 16:00 – 19:00.  The road from the Observatory down to Llano Negro in Garafia is not affected. From Santa Cruz this takes about two hours, whether you go through Tijarafe or Barlovento. Allow…

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Multi-coloured Moorish ceilings in La Palma

Cover of the book
March 5, 2018

There’s a new book out about La Palma’s art history, specifically the gorgeous multi-coloured ceilings. It’s only available in Spanish, but you can still enjoy the 28 colour photos and numerous black and white photos and drawings. The photos here are copied from the book which you can buy it from bookshops in Santa Cruz and Los Llanos. It costs 15€. When Felipe II forced the Muslims to leave Spain…

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The Sardine’s Funeral in Santa Cruz

The sardine’s funeral in Santa Cruz will be tomorrow, Friday. The procession will start at the Alemenda square (near the concrete ship) at 8:30 pm, and go along the Calle Real and then the sea front to the Cabildo, where the sardine will be cremated. After that three drag queens will perform. At 10:30 the band Los Lola will perform on the main carnival stage followed by Furia Joven and…

February 15, 2018
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Upcoming Carnival Highlights

Los Indianos parade, Santa Cruz de La Palma, Carnival 2007
February 9, 2018

Wig festival, Friday 9th starting 2:30 pm Santa Cruz Ambassador’s Parade Saturday 10th starting 6:30 pm Santa Cruz Concert by Los Vinillos y Forever Sunday 11 febrero, 9:00 om – 11:30 Santa Cruz main carnival stage (My husband plays the drums for Los Vinilos) Los Indianos Monday 12th All day Santa Cruz Carnival parade Los Llanos Tuesday 13th Sardine’s funeral Los Llanos Friday 16th Puerto Naos carnival parade Sunday 18th…

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Carnival’s coming

The Carnival bus from the local school, Breña Baja, La Palma
February 8, 2018

Like the rest of Spain, La Palma celebrates Carnival in the week before the season of Lent. I always say people are making sure they have something really juicey to repent, but these days most people just regard it as a darn good excuse for a party. It wasn’t always that way. Franco banned Carnival. It’s always been a time when people could say and do things they wouldn’t normally…

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