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cost of john’s 2wk holiday in gran canaria

6 Mar

london

john who went for a 2wk holiday in gran canaria in feb 2014 sent me the cost of his holiday there. 

Total spent Gran Canaria hol  £802  including 
Flights              118
Accom                247
Camera                86
Stolen                120
Bank charges      14
Sundries            217

not counting the money stolen and the camera he had to buy to replace his stolen one, he spent about £600 all in. £300 a week. £15daily expense. 

I think that would be the normal amount one would spend on a holiday like that. for a 2wk stay that is quite good. i would discount the £200 lost as that is a one off expense, due to theft. 

so it looks like if i want a winter sun holiday that is the amount to budget for. i think i can do it for less because his sundries (all those  drinks you have to buy to get into sexclubs there) are peculiar to gran canaria and its gay scene.

airfares now make up quite a large amount of the cost. it was not so in the past when i got us tickets rtn to alicante for £35. those were the days. I doubt such cheap airfares will ever come back.

I am not persuaded to go abroad. I only have to consider what i spend at home, only £200 a month all in for the basic services, ( electricity £20, council tax £70, water £25, servicecharge for the flat £83, telephone and broadband £13) no rent and mortgage to pay; to put me off the idea of going abroad.

the only way i shall go abroad is if i can find a guy who would let me swap holiday accommodation free, and even then not sure if i would go unless he stays in naturist places like vera playa.( John reminded me that vera may be too quiet in winter, which is true. so maybe i wont even bother to go.) 

after all i can go to malaysia and stay free at our family home in petaling jaya, near kuala lumpur and i still do not go. and airfares can be low if u take the middle eastern airlines with one stopover. as low as £450 rtn .

the only thing is i have been there(malaysia) before and find not much to do apart from eating out at the hawker stalls, the food is delicious, but after some time, i crave my own cooking. a far cry from in the past when i would make a pig of myself whenver i go back.

then, i visit my parents which is the sole reason for going there. now they are both dead, i have not gone back since.

But i might consider going away to europe , esp vera playa if i can find a swap stay for free. then the only cost will be the airfare and flying in winter will theoretically be cheaper. I guess this is possible only if there are good friends to go with. 

though if the budget airlines  stop flying to the area in winter to save money then airfares will not be cheap.

i think the airfares will be the one big factor discouraging me to fly abroad. when it was £35 rtn, it seems a sin not to fly, but now it can be £100 or more. i think it will affect those who have holiday lets abroad. there must be fewer people wanting to travel because of the expensive airfares nowadays. 

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26 Jan

London
My friend john, who is now in gran canaria on a two week holiday tells me he foolishly left his bumbag containing his camera, mobile, and 150Euros when he was in the sand dunes in maspalomas; it was only a brief absence, he said, and it was stolen.
Maybe john was a victim of a scam, some one luring him away with the promise of sex, and another darting in to steal.
Ah well, I guess that is always the possibility of theft when we go on holiday. I guess john will just have to jot it down to experience. Haha. First, never to bring anything valuable when u go cruising in the sand dunes. And that is it really. Haha.

He is staying in a private B&B, which I told him about from a gay website. There , gay guys let out short stays. This one is only £10 a night and very central near the yumbo centre and dunes. What is the catch you ask. Well you will have to tolerate the antics of the host. Haha. In this case, john tells me he was woken up by loud cries of pain lasting an hour or so he said. It was some kind of sex antics which the host was indulging in with another, in the living room where he sleeps. Ah well, haha, u have to take the rough with the smooth I guess. At least john was not forced to take part… the host seems to be into S&M. (john was a bit worried before he left as the host changed his profile to say he was into bareback sex and rough sex… but of course, you can always decline to take part and no one will force you too. So it is quite safe to stay at these places. It will just be noisy if the guy gets lucky and happen to bring someone back for sex when you are staying there.
I pity the neighbours more. Imagine having to hear all those cries in the middle of the night for years.

I think john must be glad that he only agreed to stay one week, moving on to a couple he knows are naturists, living in a village in the countryside.

Ah well, sometimes I wonder why we travel … maybe I am just getting old, but it seems a lot of bother for nothing. U can get sex in your home town easy, no need to spend money travelling miles away living in uncomfortable places, eating dodgy food … and getting things stolen. Haha.

Here in London, I went to a event set up by a group called yelp.com they are a website that allows members who join (and it is free to join) to post reviews of anything … but most of the posts seems to be about eating places, and any businesses that wants u to spend money.
It is like trip adviser, but they say they are different because they are very selective in whose reviews get featured. They have a way of weeding out fake reviews or reviews by owners. They ask owners of business not to ask customers to review them.
I used to join another website that they took over, that is why I am on their email list.
I am rather supportive of them as it is a good thing, because they organise free events and invite members to attend.
The event I went to was their time travellers ball, held at the marriot hotel near grosvenor square, Mayfair. And very nice it was and just the right duration, 2hrs from 8pm-10pm.
I should have taken everyone’s name and search for their reviews online, but I forgot. Just goes to show I have lost all my networking skills, that is assuming I had any in the first place. Haha.

I guess with the Chinese new year coming up and a festival in Chinatown and Trafalgar square, on 2feb, someone could organise something.

Though for me, the crowd is too much and I tend to leave. But never mind me, I am just a loner, and don’t like crowds.

added. 3.2.14. i enjoyed the chinese new year show in trafalgar square. there was a lion dance, two guys leaping dangerously on top of pillars. very daring. and a dragon dance. actually the old fashioned chinese lion dance is the traditional one. i wonder when the dragon came in. nowadays the lion dance is a two man affair, but i can remember it was a troupe of guys climbing on top of each other to reach the top of shop houses where there will be a packet, consisting of firecrackers which will be set on fire whilst they try to retrieve the red packet full of money.  all the while the troupe will be manipulating the lion head and make it behave in a lion like way dancing and cavorting. it was thrilling to watch but it think the art and skill required to do those things are slowly dying if not dead allready.

there was also a chinese opera singer, from china. she was dressed in a fabulous red dress with a red headgear topped by a red feather. the dress top was shimmering and glinting from the sparkles set in it. when i heard her, i was immediately cast back into olden days where such ladies wore such dresses . it has such an old fashioned air about it. the hostess also wore a sparkly cheong sam(literary translation long dress. though the chinese call it chi pow. which is not so romantic as a cheong sam. i thought it is a very sexy dress, very high collared suggesting a demure and modest person, whilst so tight fitting and curvy and ending tightly round the knees with a slit on the side. i thought it a very sexy dress. no one i know nowadays wear it anymore. only my mother wore it when she was alive. no female in my immediate family wears it anymore.

Added. 31.1.14 i got a link to this guy who lives a naked lifestyle in gran canaria. it is not illegal there. that would be another reason to go there as it is a warm place so u can be naked all year round and be able to go out and about without any clothes and really live a naked lifestyle. I do hope the prudes dont change the law at present. i wish people would be more tolerant. after all, what harm are they doing… these people who want to be naked?