ACTIVITIES ON  TENERIFE

I first visited Tenerife as a teenager in the early 1990s, on holiday with my parents. We stayed in Los Cristianos, making frequent visits to neighbouring Playa de las Americas, in the height of the summer season – which, in retrospect, was probably our first mistake. It was busy, tacky, and, aside from a day-trip to Mount Teide, not particularly picturesque. In the resulting holiday video, what was supposed to be a cute shot of my mum and I heading home from dinner one night is rudely – and actually quite hilariously – interrupted by a group of Brits on a pub crawl, singing “We Will Rock You,” at the top of their lungs. Except they weren’t saying “rock you”. I’ll leave it to your imagination to fill in what they might have substituted it with, instead…

Puerto Colon Tenerife

Puerto Colon Tenerife

Puerto Colón Tenerife   Planning a vacation and getting a little lost in the sea of enticing destinations? Trust me, I understand how overwhelming it can feel to navigate through endless choices. Here's a pro tip: Tenerife Island is a crowd favorite, but it's...

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Parascending

Parascending

Parasailing onTenerife South General Information about Parasailing on Tenerife Parasailing in Tenerife is an amazing way to enjoy the sights and unique beauty of this stunning island - come fly with us! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_nQ7Yh6Izw Description of the...

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Kids park land los cristianos

Kids park land los cristianos

Kids land Soft play area in los cristianos south tenerifeSoft play kids park in South Tenerife Kids Park Land Tenerife is just one of the many indoor play centers and amusement parks designed specifically for children in Tenerife. Catering to children between the ages...

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The Masca Valley Walk

The Masca Valley Walk

Masca Valley Walk Tenerife: A Stunning Hike Through a Lush Canyon Information Before Setting Off Before commencing your adventure through the Masca Valley it's important to note a key details. Firstly be aware that this hike can be quite challenging and demands a...

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Forestal Park Tenerife

Forestal Park Tenerife

About the Aerial Advernture Park Forestal Park Tenerife is an adventure park is situated in the lush, verdant forests of the Teide National Park, which is dominated by the stunning Mount Teide, Spain's highest mountain. The park offers a range of outdoor activities...

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Camel Park Tenerife

Camel Park Tenerife

Experience at the Camel Park Oh, the Camel Park in Tenerife? It's an adventure waiting to happen! Imagine hopping on a camel's back and trotting around - it feels like stepping into a storybook. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8nqmEj0myc Camel rides Camel rides at...

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Tenerife top 10 Golf courses

Tenerife top 10 Golf courses

Golf Courses Tenerife Map Below we have all of the gold courses in tenerife with a map link to every course. Abama Golf  Located in Guia de Isora, this is one of the most exclusive golf courses on the island. The 18-hole course was designed by Dave Thomas and offers...

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Los cristianos to la gomera ferry

Los cristianos to la gomera ferry

Getting to La Gomera There are different companies that offer boat trips from Los Cristianos to La Gomera. The two main ferry companies that operate this route are Naviera Armas and Fred Olsen Express. Naviera Armas operates daily departures from Los Cristianos to San...

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Stargazing Tenerife on your own

Stargazing Tenerife on your own

Tenerife Stargazing Tour Are you yearning to explore the universe from the comfort of Earth? I know exactly how that feels because, like you, I'm fascinated by celestial wonders and have discovered one ideal location for stargazing - Tenerife! This article will guide...

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Barranco del infierno walk

Barranco del infierno walk

Hiking Barranco del Infierno Tenerife: A Guide to the Trail I recently had the opportunity to hike Barranco del Infierno, a stunning natural reserve located in the south of Tenerife. The hike, which takes approximately 3-4 hours round trip, is a must-do for any nature...

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Paisaje Luna Hike

Paisaje Luna Hike

Paisaje Lunar Tenerife Picture yourself eager to explore some of the most breathtaking landscapes on Earth, but you're a bit stuck. You've heard tales of moon-like terrains but don't know where to start looking or what to expect. Well, you're not alone in this quest...

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Paragliding Tenerife South

Paragliding Tenerife South

Paragliding In Tenerife South So, you're thinking about paragliding in Tenerife South? Brilliant choice! This spot is a dream for those who love the sky. With options like tandem flights and acrobatic adventures, it's pure magic up there - and yes, that means you'll...

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MUST SEE TOWNS

My parents never went back, having had their initial impression of a ‘Brits Abroad’ Blackpool-on-Sea well and truly confirmed. To this day, my dad still can’t listen to Queen without shuddering.

It would’ve been easy for me to have followed their lead, and spent the rest of my life assuming that Tenerife was the kind of place you’d only go to if you were so desperate for some cheap winter sun that you didn’t really care where you ended up, as long as it was less than a 5 hour flight from Edinburgh. 

Over a decade later, we took a trip to Maspalomas and loved it so much we decided to give Tenerife another go. It was a bad winter, that year, and my husband, Terry, had managed to find a cheap deal online: what did we have to lose? Other than two weeks of our lives, obviously, and apparently the respect of our peers, all of whom seemed mildly amused that we were going to the Canaries, instead of taking a more “worthy” trip to somewhere cultured. “At least it’s not Lanzagrotty!” was the most positive comment we got, and so we set off that December armed with sunscreen and low expectations, fully expecting to spend the next two weeks surrounded by British pubs and drunken tourists.

Instead, we found a totally different island from the one I’d visited in the 90s. By which I mean, “It was exactly the same island, obviously,” it was just that this time, with the help of a hire car and a willingness to explore, we saw a totally different side to Tenerife – and we saw it without having to venture too far out of our comfort zone, either. I mean, let’s face it: if you’ve booked a cheap break to the Canary Islands, you’re probably looking for sunshine and convenience, aren’t you? You want to eat in nice restaurants and see some of the sights, but you don’t necessarily want to have to hike 15 miles through the mountains, just to be able to say you ate an “authentic” meal in an obscure restaurant which no tourist had previously ever set foot in. And, if you do, I’m going to respectfully pre-warn you that this is probably not the website for you.

Where is Los Cristianos in Tenerife

Where is Los Cristianos in Tenerife

Things to do in Los Cristianos One of the main attractions of Los Cristianos is its beaches. There are two main beaches in the town: Playa de los Cristianos and Playa de las Vistas. Playa de los Cristianos is a wide beach with fine golden sand, and it is perfect for...

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Things to do in Playa des las Americas

Things to do in Playa des las Americas

About Las Americas on the South of Tenerife Costa Adeje’s neighbor to the east, Playa de las Américas, is a lively resort town that has been a popular tourist destination for decades. Known for its bustling nightlife, wide range of restaurants, and beautiful beaches,...

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What to do in Costa Adeje

What to do in Costa Adeje

Best place to visit in Costa Adeje Tenerife Costa Adeje is a beautiful resort town that is known for its stunning beaches, luxurious hotels, and excellent restaurants, making it a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. One of the best things to do...

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Things to do in Adeje Old Town

Things to do in Adeje Old Town

Costa Adeje Old Town Adeje Town is a part of the eponymous municipality of Adeje, which covers an area of about 105 square kilometers and is home to around 47,000 people. The village of Adeje itself is situated in the foothills of the Tenerife Mountains, at an...

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Things to do Icod de los Vinos:

Things to do Icod de los Vinos:

Visiting Icod De Los Vinos Tenerife Finding the perfect vacation spot can be tricky, right? You want somewhere with history, culture, and unique attractions; a place that's not overrun by tourists but still has loads of things to do. I've been there too—scouring the...

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Garachico

Garachico

Tenerife, the largest of Spain's Canary Islands, is a treasure trove of hidden gems. Among them is the picturesque town of Garachico, a place where history, nature, and culture intertwine. Let's dive deep into what makes Garachico a must-visit spot in Tenerife. 1....

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Tenerife Old Town – Puerto De La Cruz

Tenerife Old Town – Puerto De La Cruz

About Puerto De La Cruz The history of Puerto de la Cruz dates back to the 16th century, when the town was established as a small fishing village by the Spanish conquistadors. Over time, it grew into a major port for trade and commerce, serving as a gateway to the New...

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Vilaflor Tenerife South

Vilaflor Tenerife South

About Vilaflor Vilaflor is a picturesque village situated at an altitude of over 1,400 meters (4,600 feet), it is one of the highest villages in Spain and boasts stunning views of the surrounding mountains and forests. The village is known for its traditional Canarian...

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Things to do in El Medano Tenerife South

Things to do in El Medano Tenerife South

El Medano Tenerife Best Beaches in El Medano El Medano boasts some stunning beaches that are perfect for sun-lovers and water sports enthusiasts alike. Want to discover what makes them so special? Keep reading! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GjWvw8ftso Playa El...

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Things to do in La Orotava Tenerife North

Things to do in La Orotava Tenerife North

Some information about La Orotava La Orotava is a town lwhich features a mix of Baroque, neoclassical, and Canarian architecture. One of the main attractions in La Orotava is the Casa de los Balcones, a historic house that dates back to the 17th century. The house...

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San Cristóbal de La Laguna

San Cristóbal de La Laguna

Things to do and see in SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LA LAGUNA Planning a trip can be quite the task, particularly when you're eager to ensure that no top spots are overlooked. If you find yourself tirelessly scrolling through webpage after webpage, in search of the best things...

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Santa Cruz Old Town

Santa Cruz Old Town

Santa Cruz De Tenerife Old Town   Ever found yourself daydreaming about stepping back in time, wandering around serene streets steeped in history? As a travel enthusiast with an insatiable curiosity, I've been utterly charmed by the intriguing allure of Santa...

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NATURAL SIGHTS

Instead, this website is a quick guide to some of the places we most enjoy seeing when we visit Tenerife – which we now aim to do at least once per year. That first holiday as a couple, you see, turned out to be the first of many : we discovered, not only that Tenerife is, indeed, one of the few places you can reliably expect to find some winter sunshine after a short-haul flight from the UK, but that it’s also a very much under-rated holiday destination.

That last statement probably sounds a bit odd to you: Tenerife – and the Canary Islands in general – is, after all, one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. (Tenerife is part of the European Union, despite being located just off the coast of Africa) Thousands of British tourists visit the island every year, so it’s hardly an undiscovered gem, is it?

Well, no: it isn’t. Not in the slightest.

Despite its popularity, though, we’ve found that Tenerife is still somewhat looked down upon by some travellers. Most people we know, for instance, still don’t really understand what makes us keep going back there so often, or what there is to do there, other than lie by the pool for a few hours, before heading out to an Irish bar or British pub for the evening. This book, then, is an attempt to explain it: to tell you why we love Tenerife, and what we’d recommend you see while you’re there. It’s written from the point of view of ordinary holiday-makers, rather than seasoned travel writers, and is aimed at people just like us: young families or couples looking to make the most of their time in Tenerife, without having to go too far out of their way to do it.

And with all of that said, here are just some of the things we love to do and see in Tenerife…

Mount Teide Tenerife North

Mount Teide Tenerife North

Getting to the top of Teide Taking a trip to the top of Mount Teide is an unforgettable experience that offers stunning views of Tenerife and the surrounding islands. There are two main ways to reach the summit of Mount Teide: by hiking or by taking the cable car....

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Things to do in Los Realejos

Things to do in Los Realejos

Things to See Around Los Realejos Los Realejos, located in the northern part of Tenerife, is a town rich in history, culture, and natural beauty. It's a place where the green of its landscapes meets the blue of the Atlantic, offering visitors a plethora of sights and...

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The Drago Milenario Tree

The Drago Milenario Tree

About The Drago Milenario Tree The Drago Milenario, or the Millennial Dragon Tree, is a large, ancient tree that is estimated to be between 800 and 1000 years old and is one of the oldest living organisms in the world. The tree has a unique appearance, with multiple...

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Stargazing Tenerife on your own

Stargazing Tenerife on your own

Tenerife Stargazing Tour Are you yearning to explore the universe from the comfort of Earth? I know exactly how that feels because, like you, I'm fascinated by celestial wonders and have discovered one ideal location for stargazing - Tenerife! This article will guide...

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Barranco del infierno walk

Barranco del infierno walk

Hiking Barranco del Infierno Tenerife: A Guide to the Trail I recently had the opportunity to hike Barranco del Infierno, a stunning natural reserve located in the south of Tenerife. The hike, which takes approximately 3-4 hours round trip, is a must-do for any nature...

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Paisaje Luna Hike

Paisaje Luna Hike

Paisaje Lunar Tenerife Picture yourself eager to explore some of the most breathtaking landscapes on Earth, but you're a bit stuck. You've heard tales of moon-like terrains but don't know where to start looking or what to expect. Well, you're not alone in this quest...

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Whale watching tenerife

Whale watching tenerife

Best places to whale watch in Tenerife Whale watching in Tenerife is a popular activity for tourists visiting the Canary Islands. Tenerife is located in the Atlantic Ocean and is home to many different species of whales and dolphins, including pilot whales, bottlenose...

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Cueva del Viento (cave of the wind)

Cueva del Viento (cave of the wind)

Cueva Del Viento Tenerife   Ever found yourself at a bit of a loose end when trying to pick out that truly unique holiday activity? Trust me, you're far from the only one. I've been sat there too, endlessly flicking through suggestions that all seem to mush...

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The Cumbre Dorsal Road trip

The Cumbre Dorsal Road trip

Driving the TF-24 The Cumbre Dorsal Road (TF-24) is a scenic road that runs through the heart of the Cumbre Dorsal mountain range in Tenerife. The road begins in the Teide National Park and winds its way down to Laguna a historic city in the northeast of the island,...

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Piedra La Rosa – La Orotova

Piedra La Rosa – La Orotova

Getting to the Piedra La Rosa The Piedra La Rosa rock formation is located on the TF-21 road that connects La Orotava and Mount Teide. It is a large reddish rock formation that is shaped like a rose and is visible from the road. The rock formation is a popular...

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Pino Gordo Tenerife South

Pino Gordo Tenerife South

The largest tree on Tenerife The Pino Gordo tree near Vilaflor in Tenerife is one of the most famous and iconic trees on the island. It is located in the Canarian pine forest, which is a protected natural area that covers a large part of the island's central mountain...

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Mirador Altos de Baracán

Mirador Altos de Baracán

Visiting Mirador Altos de Baracán Mirador Altos de Baracán is a stunning viewpoint situated in the Anaga Rural Park, in the northeast of the island, and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. To reach the Mirador Altos de Baracán, visitors can take a...

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THEME PARKS

Siam Park

Siam Park

Information About Siam Water Park Tenerife Siam Park is a world-renowned water park located in Costa Adeje, Tenerife. This popular attraction is known for its thrilling water slides, wave pool, and other exciting water-based rides and activities. Here's everything you...

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Kids park land los cristianos

Kids park land los cristianos

Kids land Soft play area in los cristianos south tenerifeSoft play kids park in South Tenerife Kids Park Land Tenerife is just one of the many indoor play centers and amusement parks designed specifically for children in Tenerife. Catering to children between the ages...

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Forestal Park Tenerife

Forestal Park Tenerife

About the Aerial Advernture Park Forestal Park Tenerife is an adventure park is situated in the lush, verdant forests of the Teide National Park, which is dominated by the stunning Mount Teide, Spain's highest mountain. The park offers a range of outdoor activities...

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Camel Park Tenerife

Camel Park Tenerife

Experience at the Camel Park Oh, the Camel Park in Tenerife? It's an adventure waiting to happen! Imagine hopping on a camel's back and trotting around - it feels like stepping into a storybook. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8nqmEj0myc Camel rides Camel rides at...

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Jungle park Lions

Jungle park Lions

Jungle Park Tenerife Planning a holiday can often feel akin to unravelling a complicated puzzle, wouldn't you agree? The quest for a destination that offers not only fun and excitement but also educational value for the entire family is no small task. Indeed, I too...

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Aqualand Tenerife South

Aqualand Tenerife South

Aqualand Tenerife Are you searching for a splash-tastic adventure that mixes thrills with aquatic fun? Maybe you’re on the hunt for an unforgettable day out while soaking up the sun in the beautiful Canary Islands. I’ve been there - scrolling endlessly, trying to pin...

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Loro park parque

Loro park parque

Visiting Loro Park Loro Parque is a zoo and amusement park that is home to a wide variety of animals, including parrots, penguins, dolphins, and gorillas. The park covers an area of approximately 135,000 square meters and features exhibits such as the "Katandra...

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The Monkey Park Tenerife Review

The Monkey Park Tenerife Review

Money Park Tenerife Reviews Now, I’ll be honest, here: I didn’t want to recommend a zoo - in fact, I didn’t even want to go to one because, like any other right- minded person, I firmly believe animals should be wild and free, not penned up in tiny cages, to provide...

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MUSEUMS

Museum of the History of Tenerife

Museum of the History of Tenerife

About Museum of the History of Tenerife The Museum of the History of Tenerife, also known as the Museo de la Historia de Tenerife in Spanish, is located in the capital city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife on the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain. The museum...

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Castillo de San Cristobal – A Review

Castillo de San Cristobal – A Review

CASTILLO DE SAN CRISTOBAL Tenerife Have you ever found yourself stood before a historic site, the weight of its history palpable in the air around you, but with a wish lingering in your heart to know more about its narratives? You’re certainly not on your own. There I...

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Casa de los Balcones

Casa de los Balcones

About Casa de los Balcones Casa de los Balcones is a historic building that dates back to the 17th century and is one of the finest examples of traditional Canarian architecture on the island. The house is known for its distinctive wooden balconies, which are a common...

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FOOD DRINK AND GARDENS

The golden mile las americas

The golden mile las americas

 The Golden Mile Tenerife Stretching alongside the coastline and linking Los Cristianos with Playa de las Américas, The Golden Mile has evolved into a magnet for tourists. This iconic road is lined with upscale hotels, sophisticated dining venues, chic boutiques, and...

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The Veronicas Strip

The Veronicas Strip

About Veronica’s Strip Tenerife Planning a nightlife adventure in Tenerife and feeling overwhelmed by the numerous options? I've been there too, sifting through countless club reviews till dawn. After extensive research and personal experience, I'm excited to guide...

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The Botanical Garden in Puerto De La Cruz – A Review

The Botanical Garden in Puerto De La Cruz – A Review

The Jardín Botánico Garden Puerto De La Cruz Welcome to the Jardin Botanico Garden Puerto De La Cruz - one of the oldest botanical gardens in Tenerife! Are you looking for a unique destination that offers captivating sights and an impressive variety of plant species?...

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Casa del vino tenerife

Casa del vino tenerife

Tenerife Wine Museum Casa del Vino Tenerife is a wine museum and cultural center that is housed in a beautifully restored 17th-century Canarian mansion and is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the region's rich wine culture. The museum's exhibits provide...

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The Drago Milenario Tree

The Drago Milenario Tree

About The Drago Milenario Tree The Drago Milenario, or the Millennial Dragon Tree, is a large, ancient tree that is estimated to be between 800 and 1000 years old and is one of the oldest living organisms in the world. The tree has a unique appearance, with multiple...

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Marquesado de la Quinta Roja Garden

Marquesado de la Quinta Roja Garden

Visiting the Victoria Gardens The Marquesado de la Quinta Roja Garden is a beautiful and historic garden that is part of the Quinta Roja estate, which was originally owned by the Marquis of Quinta Roja, a noble family from the 17th century. The Marquesado de la Quinta...

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LA FUENTE DEL MIRADOR Tenerife South

LA FUENTE DEL MIRADOR Tenerife South

People watching at La Fuente Del Mirador I’m starting this guide in the same way my husband Terry and I generally start our Tenerife holidays: with a cold glass of wine (Or, on one memorable occasion, an entire jug of sangria, which Terry ordered for himself, thinking...

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