“Intelligent conversation” with people is something I really miss since moving to the small island of Lanzarote in 2004. When I lived in London, I had a lot of friends who were into similar things as me, and also people on more or less the same intellectual level whom I could talk to about “anything and everything”, but finding like-minded people, or even people who like to talk about other stuff than the colour of their neighbour’s new curtains, on this tourist-ridden rock, is a bit of rarity.
Having my family over the last week, I was shocked once again that any time I start talking about things like astronomy (e.g. the first time a black hole was captured on photograph earlier this month), medicine (treatment of migraines etc.), politics, religion, the state of the world and positive things on how we can bring about change, the possible side effects of veganism – to mention just a few subjects – only 10 seconds after I start talking I am either greeted by blank stares, a quick change of conversation, or even being told that nobody wants to know. I was very upset this evening when my mum told me the latter over our meal at the Chinese, and I simply shut up for the rest of the evening and sat there in a strop, listening to them talk about the fat drunk guy who sat at the next table, or how the children over at that other table should be treated by their parents, or that the woman on that other table shouldn’t have a haircut like that because it doesn’t suit her (just to give examples).
I am soooo tired of people talking about trivial crap like that!!! I must admit, I do so too at times, but is there really nothing else people can talk about? And even when I ask them to tell me about themselves, they start on that, and a minute later the conversation again veers off to talk about other people and their problems. All I want is to hear about them, not some other people whom I don’t even know. But they can’t even do that! And if I talk about myself, I often get told that I only ever talk about myself and I don’t want to know about others, which is totally not true! And then I end up feeling guilty and thinking there is something wrong with me.
I have never been one to follow any herd, and I’m proud to say that I have never voted in my life, because I will not be swayed by what the media says about this or that wonderful politician who should be in power. Unless I have known this person personally for some time, I will not simply cast my vote for him or her and then trust them to run a municipality, state or country. This, in my opinion, is exactly why Brexit happened, because they let people who don’t, can’t or don’t want to think for themselves vote on something they don’t know a thing about and because the media fed them a lot of BS, which they believed.
But to get back to the point… 90% of the general public are something exotic and far removed from me because of all of the above, and because I crave more intelligent conversation than them. I cannot be listening to trivial pap all night when I go to the pub or for a meal, it makes me cringe after having to listen to it for more than half an hour, and I feel like I want to run away screaming and go home, because I can have more stimulating conversations with my cats (ok, joke).
I am, however, grateful for the less than a handful of friends I do have in Lanzarote, with whom I can talk about more stuff than just talking about other people or pointless celebrities. I like to hear things from others what their beliefs are, what music or movies they like and discuss those, talk about languages and their quirks, the environment, cat genetics (seriously!), latest advances in technology or medicine, photography and hobbies (not just my hobbies, but theirs too – most people don’t seem to have hobbies though!), and I would love to hear their opinions on things – but just like hobbies, people don’t seem to have their own opinions much either, and I find myself alone and frustrated and my brain and intellect feel like they’re about to die….
The total lunar eclipse of 27th July 2018 was the longest eclipse this century, with the totality phase lasting a whopping 138 minutes! And for an extra treat, with the moon looking red, planet Mars was right next to the moon in all its red glory! Looking south, a little further to the right of the moon, there was also Saturn and the super bright Jupiter (can’t miss that one, it’s the brightest thing in the sky, apart from Venus in the northwest). If you didn’t get to see it, here are some of my photos – I had to put up with a lot of cloud, but still got some good shots in between.
Following my disappointing post about the Cannapharmacia closing down for good in July last year, a new cannabis association has popped up in its place, and in the same location, run by new people!
The new club is called Klinic Cannabis Club, and apart from a wide variety of grass and hash, they also have medicinal products such as cannabis oil, creams, balms, vape liquid and tinctures, plus they sell vaporisers and bongs and a good selection of paraphernalia.
Since taking over the premises from the old Cannapharmacia, they have completely remodeled and redesigned the interior decor, which is very warm, ambient and inviting, and apart from a bar and plenty of comfy seating on one side of the club, there is a pool table and video games in the next room with some amazing space weed / Star Wars murals on the walls.
The club has made a big effort to be 21st century friendly and offer the latest technology to their members, with a swipe card that you “load” with credit at the reception. This is used not only to swipe you in so the system knows who you are, but also to buy your products with once inside the club.
They also have an app called SmokApp available for Android and iPhone, with which you can see all your own member info, and check latest news, what products they have in, and events and workshops that the association runs, amongst many other things.
New cannabis clubs appear to be popping up everywhere in Lanzarote, with a few new ones here in Puerto del Carmen as well, but unlike Klinic Cannabis Club, they do not offer up to 20% discount to their medical users. You do need a letter from you doctor though stating whatever condition/illness you have to prove that you are a medical cannabis user to qualify for this discount.