Gran Canaria, impressions

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Here some photos of my trip to Canary Islands, Spain, Feb. 2010

Gran Canaria – Images by Reinhard Fasching

#Portrait 054, Mr. „Always Busy“, Unai, Gran Canaria

03.March 2010, Unai, business- and sportsman. Together with his wife Laura he runs the wonderfull Finca La Salud you can see in the back. Thats an old historical Finca in the northeast of Gran Canaria. Years ago it belonged to an old Benedict monastry. We spent there 3 weeks and Unai was my last portrait I did on the island.
He was born in Northern Spain worked at a ski instructor and studied Law there before he left for the island of Gran Canaria.
In his rare freetime he does windsurf (I think close to professional), bike-trial, canyoning, sky diving, sea diving, climbing, mountainbiking and so on. He renovated the old Finca together wit 4 friends in 4 hard years totaly in a modern architectural building with traditional roots. Now he rents it complete for tourists who like to stay
Togehter with his wife Laura he runs a petrol station and a mini market on the island. And last but not least he cultivates red vine.
And: as you can see at their homepage he is a good photographer as well!

Unai, owner of Finca La Salud, Portrait by Reinhard Fasching

Mr. always busy, Unai

@ Unai: I hope I did not forget anything. 😉 Keep your power and thanks to you and Laura for the good time we spent there!!!

#Portrait 053, Paco, Spain meets Berlin in Gran Canaria

18 years in Berlin, now in Gran Canaria

02.March 2010, my daily portrait shows Paco from Telde, Gran Canaria. Paco spoke perfect german, he lived in Berlin for more than 18 years, before he came back to Canary islands. Now he works at Lizarran a big restaurant chain in spain. They serve finest Tapas and Spain food in many places all over the world. This restaurant is situated in Las Terrazzas near Telde, Gran Canaria where we had our internet basecamp the last days. If you ever find such a Restaurant try out the tapas there, I promise you will never return to Mac D…

#Portrait 052, Wendi, sand artist with sculpture

Wendi with sand sculpture

Wendi with sand sculpture

01.March 2010, olympic games are over and life goes on. My next portrait is Wendi from Czech Republic. She built up these fantastic sand sculpture together with Miguel on the beach of of Las Palmas. It shows different moviestars in a big TV screen all built on sand. It took more than 4 days to do such sculptures. (And a tractor to put the sand in position)
During the nighttime the brother of Miguel watch for the sculpture. The wind was to strong on the beach, so they destroyed the sculpture for a new one after this photo.

#Portrait 045, Petra, 18th Hole, Real Club de Golf

Petra from Bielefeld, 18th Hole Golf de Badama

15.Feb.2010, We met Petra at the Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas. Petra lives in Bielefeld and spends her holidays with her friend here in Gran Canaria.
The Golf Club is the oldest in Spain, founded 1891 and is situated round a volcano with spectacular fairways and views

#Portrait 041, Adoney a wine worker, Gran Canaria

Adoney, a young worker, Canary islands

11.Feb.2010, the first portrait from the canary islands, spain. It shows Adoney, a young man who works for a wine maker in Gran Canaria, where I spend a time out for the next 3 weeks. Today his work was to protect the young grave plants against varmints, so he used the shown protective clothing.
I`ll tell you more about the winemaking there in the next days.