Canary Islands – Part 2 Moya


Driving over Gran Canaria

We left Taurito on the southern coast of Gran Canaria and within 10 minutes realized we should not have declined the insurance on the car.
Driving over Gran Canaria can be a shock at first. Narrow roads that only accommodate one car are actually two lane roads that wrap around hair pin blind curves. Luckily everyone drives slow, honks around corners and it can actually be pretty exciting, once you get used to it.

Yes these are 2 way roads. Just remain calm, everyone is used to it
All throughout the island people have built their homes in caves. We met a person later in the trip and the insides can be very modern and luxurious.


After a fun and somewhat white knuckle day of driving over Gran Canaria we found the sleepy little town of Moya and our accommodations for the next three nights. Now, to find the person with the key. Turns out it was an entire house. The location was incredible. The home sits right on the town square next to the church and on the side of the cliff. There were three bedrooms, two sitting areas. Numerous outside terraces, a rooftop and the kitchen looked out over the gorge. The lady that checked us in said “Just the two of you?”

Our view for the next three nights
Private rooftop and where we would have most of our meals
View from the kitchen

So as you can see the house is huge, old and really cool. We took the place over, turned on some music and went to the corner market to see what we could find for dinner. It is usually a safe bet you can find a fresh chicken in a small town. There is only one store and one bar open, no restaurants in this small town of 600 people.

Mustard chicken, black olives, Mac & Cheese

After dinner we walked the town, took about 5 minutes and checked out the one thing open, the local bar. We would find ourselves here each night as this is literally the only thing open. The next day we would make some day trips to visit the wine country and other small towns.

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Tony and Terri-Lynn met in 1987 as teenagers. In 1991 they were married.  Tony has been a professional musician his entire life and spent the 90’s touring and releasing albums.  In 2001 the couple left the cities and moved to a small community on the Oregon coast. This is where they fell into television production and film making. In 2004 Makai Ohana Productions was founded and the couple produced advertising and creative content for hundreds of tourism related businesses and government entities in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Realizing the industry was evolving towards the internet they re-branded the business in 2012 to Xplore Film.  This company would now be an international business producing films world wide as well as an NGO in West Africa where the couple provides clean water boreholes, scholarships and even a prosthetic hand project.

In 2018 Tony and Terri-Lynn with their dog Bisque Kitt packed the belongings they could carry on their backs and flew to Spain. They bought a home and planned to spend equal time between the two countries running the business.  Then Covid hit and the world closed.  By 2020 they realized Spain, and specifically Torrevieja was now home.  They bought a sailboat and started to create a life on the Costa Blanca of music, film, events and community.


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