Work at the moment is hectic, so when the opportunity arose for me to go abroad for a week, I jumped at the chance.

The week was an opportunity for me to let my hair down (no balding jokes please) and relax. Of course, with my mate Steve around, I didn’t do a lot of relaxing.

At the airport we had already planned that we would spend the rest of day around the pool. Although, this was soon shelved after we were told to get off the plane and wait in the boarding area until a part from the plane was couriered up from London.

As a gesture of goodwill, the airline provided all the passengers with a £5 voucher to buy some food. So after buying our Maccy D’s we found a secluded area to top our drinks up with Vodka that we bought from duty-free. This, of course helped pass the time. So did the drinks in the airport bars as well.

5½ hours later than scheduled, we had landed in Tenerife. When we reached our Hotel, Sol Tenerife, we unpacked the bags and decided that we would go for a drink.

View of the hotel pools and sea from the hotel balcony in Tenerife


For the week, we decided to stay in Playa de las Americas, which has not really got a gay night life. This didn’t bother me though as I just wanted to relax and not spend every night till dawn partying away.

Although, Steve had been to this area before and knew that there was one or two gay bars in the area. So tonight, we decided to have a walk and see if we could find one.

We walked passed the Veronica Centre, which is the straight equivalent of the Yumbo Centre in Gran Canaria. Or should I say, we tried to walk past, because before we knew it, we were being bombarded by people pleading for us to go to their bar.

Finally passing the centre we carried on walking until we came to another little centre. Here, we were asked if we wanted to see the strip show, we politely refused as it wasn’t a guy doing the stripping.

From Steve’s recollection, the same centre was also home to a gay bar, so we decided to investigate and came across a sex shop. We knew the bar wouldn’t be far off.

A couple of minutes later we found Gemini’s, that was to become our regular for the week. Later on in the week, we also came across Chaplins, which Steve had thought had closed, so after Gemini’s closed we would head there. So our week in Tenerife was sorted.

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