GOM WITH THE WIND (and a whistle)…
01 January 2011
`Quite frankly mam, I don’t give a damn about your Lanzorotes and Ibizas. Where natural beauty is concerned, it is best discovered walking the quiet forest and mountain trails of islands such as La Gomera.’
I had done my best to entice an Australian friend over to accompany me on one of Sherpa’s eponymous best selling tours – but it is certainly no beach holiday.
‘What will I need to bring?’
‘Well the usual stuff, you know, supportive walking footwear, big floppy sun hat, cotton shirts – slip, slop, slap n’ all that for you Ozzies. But especially as it is December some warm clothing and as usual a waterproof jacket. I am sure that the weather will be great but you never know at this time of year do you? Even off the North African coast there are several species of wind that can blow up as well.’
On the flight to Tenerife South we are sitting next to a Gomero lady on the plane. It’s the first time she has been back for a while.
‘So is it true that Gomera has a language of whistling?’
‘Yes Silbo, Gomero whistling is the traditional method of communicating across the ravines of the island...It was one of the languages of the indigenous people of Gomera – the Guanches.’ She goes on to talk about the beauty of her native home.
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