Santa Cruz de tenerife
All Year: Yes
Host ID: 50926
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Last Updated: March 9, 2020
Welcome to Tertulia's home, my name is Sonia, my husband Mauricio and my cats Chocolate, and Yuppy or Jupiter. We are SLOWLIVERS, NOR MAINSTREAMERS NEITHER HIPPIES. We wanna have helpers from 3 nights up to 9 nights. We live in the beautiful Tenerife Island, Canaries in a quiet traditional area of the city. We will be as descriptive as possible. It may sound we are very strict but is not so, is that we want to avoid missunderstandings.
We are not new at hosting people. I also have couchsurfing profile and i do receive some people. I find interesting that platform, but use it less and less. I noted that being too hospitable was preventing me to be productive in my creative activities and i rather have collaborators instead of visitors demanding a lot of time and resources from me. Despites CS has been a possitive experience in general, I had hosted some professional freeloaders and that have made me more selective or carefull with CS.
If you have a couchsurfing or facebook profile please let us know to know you better, but again, I am giving priority to hosting helpers.
Read all, please. I tend to no accept copypasters and non personal messages because i want to be sure all read our rules and way of living before contacting us. if u are a copy paster with cool profile but i may still need whats app communication. Remember I am opening my house to a person that i dont know.
Our helpers with priority to be accepted are who are interested or know about:
SOLAR ENERGY (people who can help to create connections or can advise how to do it properly, calculations of energy efficacy, foot\water\C02\soil prints, environmental cycle and slower or alternative economy). For our mind mapping and in the future to connect devices and home appliances.
ECO Fashion, Costumes, Installations, Concept Fashion and
LUCID DREAMING and all about dreams and sleeping well habits fostering.
Embroidery, african dance, crochι, cat crazy people, good cookers
**NON SMOKING HOME***
**WHEN WE GO OUT FROM THE FLAT YOU MUST GO OUT TOO. WE DO NO PROVIDE KEYS.
**CATS SAFETY IS MAIN RULE OF THE HOUSE, BUT ALSO ITS SPIRIT.
Very good for sleeping room (tiny but cozy, non shared), dark/lighty and with lots of silence to sleep. Reachable home by bus. Our flat is about 90 sm. We have a storage garage and a little terrace up to 20 sm each also.
FOOD :flexible and adjustable.
If u are vegan its good but you have to be more active in cooking for yourself and if we eat meat will not be something smelly or we will do as vegan as we can with u, I had to give up to mostly vegetarian diet due to my Diabetes 2, but its basically eat very few of everything (me). We try to eat healthy but are not radical in any sense in our lifes and neighter about feeding ourselves; if you are fundamentalist in that sense is better to do helpx somewhere else. We adapt to you but if you are not radical trying to change our own ways
* Food outside home: you should pay your own food items if we go out. You will never be pushed to go to restaurant but if it happens that I am showing u the city and we get hungry. We will go Dutch on our eating out. I can provide food at home but not from restaurants or cafeterias. You can skip that by making picnik with our food before leaving, no problem with that. If I want to invite you to eat something out I will clearly state it.
bed linens, towels for home and beach (so u don't use that space in suitcase)
washing machine if u want to do laundry of your clothes.
Some rides if they are on our way to places within the city
If you bring swimming/pool cloths and glasses and you like it, i can invite you once/twice to the public swimming facilities, or take u to Teresitas beach which is 1 hour by bus from home or 20 minuts by car distant. If you want, can join us when we go, as we go often.
books for reading at home and nice music (from our point of view, however, my cats and husband tend to prefer silence !!!)
we have a hammock and a mat in the terrace that u can use for stargazing or to think or meditate/yoga, etc. not for smoking
Spanish /german exchange (if u want to teach me). I also need survival skills of arab, french, woloof and berber, if u come from that lands which speak that languages u may have priority in our requests.
RESPECT AND INTIMACY
U have a powder room besides ur room but shower is common. If you whish to conversate we do, if you are not in the mood we will respect, all within good manners and considerate behavior.
DUTIES and ACTIVITIES AT THIS HOMESTAY:
Work 4 hours per day,5 days a week.note that they can be spread in 2 blocks of 2 or done all together, depending on the house tasks needs
If you know about design, sewing, weaving, origami, pattern making, embroidering or have some engineering background that might be useful to create wearable instalations and artclothing let us know.
If you are an artist on something let us know to see if some of your skills can be a source of creativity exchange. Part of your work will be then using your brain, but note that some home tasks also have priority.
If u know autocad 3d and other 3d programs let us know so we do more hours on pc than on home tasks. If you are an artist but dont like to work in group is quite ok, we do not mind if you prefer to keep on house tasks oriented help.
Drawing or painting skills will be always welcomed
People who can teach me African dance, Wolof and Mandinga surviving skills have a special place in our top desired skills
Good calligraphy skills at Persian, Arab, Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Korean or Indian might be used to paint on fabrics. Customization of fabric skills will be very much appreciated or skills to understand YouTube tutorials for that as I don't have much patience to follow tutorials. The same is applied for embroidery, origamy or stitching.
Please let us know about u us much as u wish, in order we can think the best matching combination of duties/our needs of help and your being, skills and knowledge. Each visitor may have different skills and each case is different, you wont be pushed to do all this at the same time, you are not a slave, but a person commited to work up to 4 hours per day in a human and as relaxed as possible way, but I HATE TO FEEL PUSHY; SO PLEASE BE PROACTIVE, IF U NEED TO BE TOLD "PLEASE WORK"; IT WILL BE DESCRIBED WHEN WE WRITE YOUR REFERENCE.
+++ EXAMPLES OF POSSIBLE TASKS+++
Help in cooking following instructions; cooking something nice from your land; test recipes making them with me; cook for our cat; lets bake if u are good at it.
Do cat sitting that is cleanning its sand box and surrounding area. If you like cats you are invited to play with them while you are having a coffe or having breakfats or relaxed at home.
Doing deep cleaning tasks alone or with our help depending on the task, for example classification in the kitchen, fridge, work rooms, garage or other rooms; cleanning floors, and toilets; vacuum and windows cleaning.
. Help and join (if you wish) thematic picnics i organize somethimes.
Help us to re-make our pots based little agriculture in our tiny terrace.
If you know german part of you duties or your time might be used as language exchange. There might be translation tasks too, to help organizations or in the solidar economy projects, it will depends on the moment
If you know chinease, japanese, arabic, farsi or any other language which writting is diffent, you will use part of your time as caligrapher, which is something easy and fun for you!. All within your work time.
*Some sewing with hands or embroidery or drawing.
*Depending on house needs maybe some task relating to painting or cleaning walls.
*Sometimes I collect old furniture, if u know refurnishing that, let us know.
*If u are a DJ or music fan bring us music to exchange in pendrive. I also can share my music tracks with u. If you are a musician or photographer let us know.
*If u like mind maps, we can do several together to practice its techniques or to think together about any subject.I am very interested in development of creativity.
*If u know Spanish we can also take u to conferences of your interest in case they happen in the city. The same for music festivals or free concerts at museums.
We love creative people and to learn from everybody!
My house is like a cat cafe,they are our Gods. Ur windows cannot be open due to cats policy. THAT APPLIES FOR main Door and balcony IN ORDER TO KEEP OUR CATS LIFE!
After your work is well done, feel free to enjoy the island independently until 10:30 pm in weekdays or 12 in weekends if you are out. But if u arrive late please do not cook.
Some behaviours are not welcomed in our place: having drugs, drinking or having sex with friends, being noisy. As soon as it happens you will be out of our place and get a bad reference.
Bring a photocopy of your passport and of your insurance, eurobased social security card, or the insurance from the credict card used to buy the tickets. THIS IS ONLY WHEN YOU ARE HERE, WE ARE NOT REQUESTING YOU TO SEND IT VIA E-MAIL. WE NEED TO KNOW YOU HAVE YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE OK AND HAVE A REGISTER OF WHO WAS AT OUR PLACE IN CASE SOMETHING WRONG OR BAD HAPPENS REGARDING YOUR OR OUR SECURITY. SO PLEASE DO NOT SEND IT AHEAD IN TIME, ONLY BRING THAT WITH YOU AS YOU COME.
You wont have our keys and you must go out when we are not at home.
Respecting our schedulles. I will wake you up between 9-9:30. Take it into account if you are a night chatter. If u wake up earlier you can relax up in the terrace but carefully as u open main door because of the cats. You can also do your breakfast if u wake up earlier.
If u need to sleep a siesta. Let us know to respect that silence better as this flat is small and its not always easy.
* Work needs are mostly scattered during the day but u are not a prisoner here. At breakfast we do agree on daily work and its flexible. But I have to advise u that is scattered within the day because most work is washing dishes and cooking. If u need to do a excursion or go out we talk about it so u can go and the work is done too.
*If you also are digital nomad and work in remote u can do it at your room but please tell me your remote work routine in your request to see if it matches with the helpex experience at our home. If u need a lot if peace and silence for your remote work in garage or terrace u can have that peace but then you have to use your mobile internet dates, because there are not WiFi in such spaces.
WHAT WE LIKE OR DISLIKE:
We like Independent travelers who are not iddle at home after they finish their duties. Of course you can rest as much you need but if you stay too much time iddle at home you may be bored at your room.
* We consider we are tolerant people. We wont discriminate if you are part of a minority. we respect your believings, we expect the same from you.
*If you need to shower everyday for us is OK but be considered about how long it is. On the other side we lov e people who is very clean with their own body as well as our cats.
*We Hate not honest people, steal or any other lack of respect to property or people and non human beings. Is not acceptable for u a careless or not responsible tourist attitude regarding city or natural spaces. We all avoid people with rude manners. if you are not polite you will be asked to look for a hostel.
MORE ABOUT LIFE IN SANTA CRUZ:
Bus is not so cheap but you are saving a lot by staying with us so you can get info with us or places reachable by bus or easy for doing hitchhiking. the name of company of buses here is TITSA so look it up in Internet.
For Europeans or foreigners holding a spanish NIE, public libraries usage are for free. i love to go.
there is a free botanical garden 15 minutes walking from home and a nearby park if you want to read or need your space to be alone or with friends. Also a beautiful plaza next to a churche with lovely plants and trees.
a coffe and a sandwish can be about 4.5 euro in a cafeteria if our food is not of your taste or eating out fits ur plans.
Parque Maritimo is an affordable place to enjoy swimming pool reading a book and vintage architecture besides the sea.
You have La Laguna 35 minuts away by tramp from home.la Orotava is also nice but further
there is a subtropical jungle to visit called Laurisilva, for that, u need a lot of bus logistics. if you come to the island for longer we teach u some ways of enjoying this bio jewel.
We give you ideas about low budget life as traveller or visitor and you tell us ur experience as well =)