It’s been a few days since I’ve booked my hotels… I think I am feeling not that embarrassed about almost booking a hotel on the wrong place and am ready to make a confession.
This area is called the Canary Islands. It is closer to the African continent than it is to Spain, but it indeed belongs to the Spain. “Las Palmas” is a city on the island. And from what I have learned, it is the co-capital (along with Santa Cruz) and the most populous city in the region. In addition, I recently found out that there is a city in the northwest called “La Palma”
And to be honest, I didn’t know all this. All I know was that I wanted to go to Las Palmas, the capital of the Balearic Island, which is located on the other side of Spain – in the Mediterranean, not off the coast of Africa.
For some reason, I started looking for hotels in “La Palma”. It was late, so I didn’t pay attention to my grammar and I didn’t care if the word was singular or plural; I was just searching for the best deal. That night wasn’t the first time that I researched on the hotels in the Balearic Islands. So I had the idea of staying within the proximity of the downtown area and booking a hotel that will have a view of this one cathedral that is emblematic of the town. I jotted the names of some hotels earlier, but there weren’t a lot of options. In fact, I remember that I could find no more than 10 budget hotels in my desired destination. But somehow, on that night, I found more hotels with better deals. This one hotel was ideal, so I checked out the map to see if it was near downtown. Then I noticed that the shape of the island looked different, very different. Everything is out of proportion, even the airport was not where it was supposed to be. I looked to the east and saw Africa, not Italy… I was still a little too slow to realize where the hotel really was, so I checked the flight that would take me to that hotel. Turned out that the price was wayyyy more expensive and longer than the one that I had looked for earlier. It was then that I began to realize that “La Palma” is not a place on the Balearic Islands…
On a positive note, both the Canary and Balearic islands have places called “La Palma”… So can my ignorance be forgiven?
Lesson of the post: when researching, spell out every single letter. Do not assume that Google knows what you are talking about. If not, you may end up booking a hotel west of Africa instead of Italy.