Bed and Breakfast, el Jallo. The Story.
Let me tell You a little story about how we created this charming bed and breakfast in Lanzarote.
During magical evenings of colorful sunsets inside the water, the backpackers we still are found our spot, as we found out that the island had stopped being a simple acquaintance to become something else. My visits became more frequent: sometimes practicing sports, others drinking wine with a great view. I started to understand it was getting harder to return to my daily routine. I started searching for houses where I could stay for longer periods. A new home and without knowing, a newlife style, a soon to be marvelous bed and breakfast in Lanzarote.
I thought I had failed after two years of search, until the island sent me its first signal. It was through an ad in a local newspaper announcing the sale of Finca Tajaste B&B. An ancient local mansion that worked as a bed and breakfast. It was run by a singular British couple. She is the curious author of the children's book, Charlotte Sometimes, inspiration to a dark song (like most of them) by The Cure. He is a lively ex biology professor at Oxford University, author of interesting books I promised to read. After many conversations we reached an agreement, but the night right before the signing, all my security vanished. All of a sudden, my dream was within my hand’s reach. It was so close it was sort of scary. I thought it maybe was too much, maybe it wasn’t meant for me, maybe I was wrong, maybe, maybe… And there in between maybes, sitting on the beach, I stood up to get some fresh water from my old second-hand Mitsubishi Montero.
There I saw it. Hidden behind the driver’s seat. A small book. A book that had gone unnoticed before. A book written in 1907 by Ángel Guerra, born in Teguise, Lanzarote. A book titled Al Jallo. It had been hidden in a car that had barely been with me for a year, bought in another island. Later I found the meaning of that noun: “Jallo = Hallo, hallazgo, especialmente el sorprendente y agradable. Tanto en Lanzarote como en Fuerteventura se refiere al objeto arrojado por el mar a la orilla de la costa.” Being translated as a Floatsum / Jetsum, a discovery, specially surprising and pleasant. Both in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura is referred to as something brought by the ocean to the coast.
It was the second sign. I asked Chiara to see the house. She fell in love too! That house was a particular discovery, the seed for a beautiful place. A place from which to experience Lanzarote to the fullest. A place where we always have a smile for the visitor and good recommendations to get out of the touristic circuit. The small treasure we desire to share.
That’s our story. Come to El Jallo Bed and Breakfast in Lanzarote and tell us yours.