No matter if you´re young or old
You never be alone in la santa
La santa sport!
It might be the most stupid song ever, but it brings me back to the unworried period of my life when I was an athlete. Track and field was the major part of my life which brought me 10 rewarding (in all possible ways) years. Since I made it to the national team I had the honour to join overseas training camps. One of the places that will stay in my heart forever is Lanzarote (Canary Islands), more specifically La Santa. Not only it´s a perfect place for top athletes, equipped with everything they need to make it through their everyday training ordeal, it´s a charming and magical place as well. The fourth largest of the Canary Islands of a volcanic origin was “born through fiery eruptions and has solidified lava streams as well as extravagant rock formations”. Every step you take in Lanzarote reminds you of the flaming past. The incredibly clean and relaxing shore and the lava fields make an extraordinary couple. It´s pretty obvious that tourism has been crucial for the island´s economy, but if you make an effort, you will enter a tranquil and traditional agricultural world.
I had a great time being a part of all of this, but for the most precious memories I´m grateful to the people I have met. I will remember us having barbecues, being always ready to rent a car and hit the road. We used to sleep on terrace with the stars above us and shared our crazy ideas and dreams. We used to party till the morning when La Santa song meant we should really go to bed.
Many things have changed since the old good days. Some of us (not me) became Olympic champions. Some of us don´t live anymore and were accompanied on their final journey by the rest of us in tears and silence. Some of us still wait for a hint, some have become parents. Life has changed, but we are still there – it´s still us hoping for the best possible lane, just like on the track.
In La Santa you can meet your twin soul who will keep you company for a couple of years until you go your separate ways. So here´s to all of you guys!
This post is dedicated to Honza & Martina, lovely friends who didn´t make it. Have fun guys, wherever you are!
Thanks for stopping by!