The Banana Museum, Tazacorte

When I first heard there was a banana museum in Tazacorte, I laughed. But since about 40% of La Palma’s population works works in the banana industry (growing, packing shipping etc.) it makes sense. Besides, bananas are the 4th most important crop in the world, (after rice, wheat and maize), and this is the only museum about European bananas in the world. The museum contains lots of information panels in…

March 16, 2010
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Going Bananas!

March 5, 2010

I finished the rush translation job and decided that I’d earned a morning off. So I went off to Tijarafe to see the banana museum. I had trouble finding it, but it was a lovely, sunny morning, and the old part of the village was nice, too. I stopped to ask an old lady directions, and we had a nice chat, and I found the museum with her help. Well,…

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New experiences

Last night I finally got to see the dancing horses (caballos fufo) during the fiesta in Tazacorte. I wanted to get photos, so I made sure I charged up the camera battery, and tookthe full kit. When I got there, I found that the horses were dancing in pretty dark streets, and that they move really fast. So I was really pleased that I’d brought along my big flash gun,…

September 29, 2008
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Fufo horses

Fufo horses in Tazacorte. Today (Monday 29th) is the feast day of St Michael. Since he’s the patron saint of Tazacorte, last night the town celebrated with their famous dancing horses. Famous on La Palma, at least. Would you believe, it’s the first time I’ve seen this in almost 18 years of living here. The crowd following the fufo horses. Well, it’s fun. As you can see, a horse-shaped frame…

September 29, 2008
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