I’m Ursula and today making my debut post as ITQSummerIntern18 v3.0. Daydreamer, Froyo lover and Reggaeton enthusiast, I’m a soon-to-be-third-year Engineering Student on loan for four and a half short weeks from the University of Cambridge, UK. During my time at ITQ I’ll be subbing left from Robbie as Chief Visionary of the Farmbot project (but more on that later).
Two weeks into my stay it’s remarkable how much Gran Canaria has a way of feeling like home. From beautiful beaches, stunning landscapes and perfect (not to be understated) weather to lively streets teeming with bars, restaurants and shops, Las Palmas offers loads of opportunity to do as much, or as little, as you like.
While here on my internship with ITQ I’m staying at the Asociación Atlas Gran Canaria, an out-of-this-world hostel and meeting place for wanderers, artists and social entrepreneurs both from the local community and abroad. The people here are so incredibly friendly it hurts, from as many far-away lands as Egypt, Germany, Brazil and Turkestan (and yes, Spain) to gather in this little corner of paradise. Located in La Isleta at the northern end of Las Palmas, the hostel is just 6 minutes walk from La Playa de Las Canteras and La Playa El Confital. Yes that’s right, 6 minutes.
To tell the truth, I’m a bit of a homebody, so this is perfect for me. I love being able to go to the beach of an evening, swim, relax and wind down; watching the sun set over the ocean is such a yummy way reconnect with myself after a busy day at work, I’m hooked! What’s more, Las Canteras is home to some insane sand sculptures (and also ice cream shops) – as a lover of art, ice cream and beaches, it really doesn’t get much better than this.
To make my life even easier Atlas regularly hosts events for the local community – everything from yoga classes and origami workshops to presentations on Africa’s emerging sustainable textiles industry, film screenings and live music – the majority of which are free and open to all. Between this social goldmine and late night adventures to Pachichis (our favourite tapas bar) and beyond, my first two weeks in Las Palmas have been filled to the brim with sweet vibes and sweeter people.
I’ll be back in two weeks to tell you all about the killerrrrrr position I’ve landed as an intern at ITQ (there’s a robot yo). But until then I’m hoping for more sunshine, so I can keep working on my hot tan before I go back to rainy England.