17 December: I’m not sure who’ll remember this post but I’m updating to remind readers that In Tenerife is a news and information website, not a help desk, nor an information desk, nor a fact-checking service for what is read in other papers, nor an individualized holiday and travel advice centre, nor a talking shop for “does anyone know” type of questions. There is a place for that, it’s Facebook, or TripAdvisor. Not this website. I will not be sitting here all day failing to read the BOC because of an avalanche of such questions …. and it is only 10am. All such idiocy is being deleted. I will post my news when I have something to say. If it conflicts with your other media of choice, as I’ve said before, it is for YOU to interpret, and for YOU to decide whom you prefer to read, and for YOU to make up your mind as to the reality. Not me.
30 November: People, thank you so much! It means lots, above all that I was right to consider this a kind of community of really quite serious readers, a community where we all love this place and for whom it’s usually more than just a quick holiday each year then to be forgotten. Please don’t feel there is a danger the website won’t continue. Yesterday’s expression of my feelings was an intention to reclaim the site for myself, and I hoped, for you too. And you’ve taken my breath away, a bit, by such responses, so I’m glad it’s reclaimed for you too. I’ll close it to comments now but … thank you.
29 November: It won’t come as a great surprise to some, I imagine, that I’ve been under rather an avalanche lately. It has comprised a landslide of questions about covid testing above all, which means that it overwhelmingly comprises those who are visiting Tenerife, not “In Tenerife”. Readers who have genuine interests in and questions about life here have disappeared, equally despairing no doubt of the absolute takeover by holidaymakers intent on travel regardless of anything, their own desires all important and negating completely any regard for safety requirements, their “need” for a holiday imperative and overshadowing any resident’s need to feel safe.
The overriding gist is how to get here without a test, how to “get round” the requirements, or to find out how rigidly or not they’ll be policed and enforced, the cost of €100 or so per test apparently being too much to add onto the cost of a holiday. That’s understood, it’s a lot of money, but are we therefore supposed to believe that these people will save tourism in Tenerife? When the test is too expensive? And the same goes for the 90/180 day rule for Swallows: “how do I get around it” is the question 90% of the time, the exceptionalist assumption being that rules apply to others, not them.
I’ve hit the buffers, I’m afraid. I can’t carry on in the face of such selfishness, stupidity, and arrogance, nor with the entitlement of those whose reaction to being given a link with full information is to return with a yes but what about my specific question … a question that has been answered in the link which their second email shows they have no intention whatsoever of reading. The fact that they become abusive when asked simply to read the information already provided and then additionally linked to in an email that should have been unnecessary, demonstrates fully their sense of entitlement to free, personalised, and tailored answers. Only today I’ve been asked by someone who is so determined to come and so incapable of concern for anyone else that they demand “advice please” as to how to source a test in the UK despite impossible timings as though I can be commanded to produce solutions against law, sense and sanity to help the selfish find a way around a law intended for their, and my, safety.
That is not what this site was intended as and dealing with what are now thousands of enquiries in the last fortnight from people whose only concern is that they should not have to read anything means I have no time to do what the site requires anyway. As Mencey has said, this cannot continue, and although these times pass as they have with other tourist takeovers such as when Monarch and Thomas Cook went bust, I’m afraid I’ve come to the end of the road in dealing with it. This site will be changing back to a personal blog, and I will not approve any further comments nor respond to emails asking how to get around coming without a test, or how those who voted for Brexit get around the 90 day rule they voted for and which will now restrict their own movement and cost them their freedom to visit this wonderful place without restriction.
I value my life, and my worth, above such contemptuous abuse as I’ve experienced over the past several years, in fact, and hope that regular and serious readers will still follow my posts on things that interest me.