To commemorate International Women’s Day, we wanted to speak to Regina Danielsen, a lady from Germany who came to the island of Lanzarote for a change and rules out returning to her native country
- What brought you to the Canary Islands?
The first trip I made with my friends to Spain was to Lanzarote, an exotic island of volcanoes of which I fell in love with when I discovered its history and its people. I thought it would be my residence for a week, but it became an idyllic place to live and raise my family.
“There are two features that Lanzarote has; it entraps you and you always come back or just you never leave “
- How many years have you been on the Island? What made you stay and make the island your place of residence?
I’ve been on the island for 41 years. My journey on the island started with work in 1978 at the age of 29. I’m an enterprising woman, without fear of change and hard work, I decided to depart to the Canaries in search of a suitable job. My first post was in the gallery of César Manrique with whom I established a good friendship and acquired a special knowledge of art for 3 months, it was a unique experience. My second job was as a translator in a clinic in Puerto del Carmen, from there I moved on to a travel agency and then to a holiday complex as Direction Secretary. Later I got a position as editor in a local news media in which I revived a German magazine designed to inform German tourists and residents on the island with topics focused on them, until a few years ago when I decided to retire.
- How does a foreigner feel in the Canary Islands, have you felt welcomed?
I felt welcomed from the first moment I stepped on to this wonderful island; its people and its landscapes. I did not feel discriminated for being German, on the contrary, in my opinion Lanzarote is an island that graciously welcomes foreign people.
- After several years residing in the archipelago, what is your opinion of the islands?
The archipelago has experienced some problems, since it must weigh all the things that have happened, and we can’t forget that politics has a very strong power over the islands. I think that the islands lack many aspects in order to reach European level, but I do not believe that this evolution should be hasty, so as not to lose the islands identity.
- Will you return to your country or do you see yourself living in the Canary Islands for the rest of your life?
I completely rule out living in Germany again, an opinion we can understand perfectly, being as the islands have an unbeatable climate, which is why all foreigners want to make the Canary Islands their residence.