A few days before leave my town, Barcelona, to my first mission in the Canary Islands, some of my friends were joking with me about the weather. The winter in Spain began so cold, and Canary Islands are southern, near of the west coast of Africa. So, my friends told me many times: “Iñaki, dont forget the towel and the swimming trunk in your luggagge”!!!
And of course, I took it. But my friends forgot that the Teide is the highest mountain in all Spain, almost 4.000 m. My first sunset was really cold: 0°C. Fortunately, in my luggage were also gloves and my woollen hat.
Yesterday, the second day in my first mission, I had an accident… Well, not really me, but my tripod. My tripod fell down, and the tripod head was completely broken… “Oh my god!” In fact, it was a good Manfrotto tripod head, but I used during many years in many places, like Africa, Iceland, South America. Maybe it was time to broke.
Of course, without tripod, I can’t follow my work. And I’m in an small archipelago. Even here, in Tenerife, the biggest island, it will not be possible to buy another tripod head. Shipping from Spain, the photo material can spend almost one week, before here in the Canary, the customs are different. Suddenly, I was afraid. Then, I had a idea. If somebody can help me in this emergency case, he is Diego, a good photographer and friend who lives in Santa Cruz. I called him. He explain me that there is only one place where I can find this piece. But (of course, there was a “but”), this photo shop is closing forever, and they’ve sold almost all the material. I meet with Diego, and together, we drove to the shop, in the other side of the island. And there, they had the last Manfrotto piece in stock: a tripod head exactly like mine! Of course, I bought it.
The emergency was solved in three hours. And now, with my new tripod head, and working again, I think it was better to broke it here than in Madagascar
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