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Canary Islands


Here's Lanzarote, one of the 7 islands that comprise the archipelago of the Canary Islands off the coast of West Africa. At the time these photos were taken in 1983, Lanzerote was, unlike most of the islands, undeveloped. I rented a car for 40 bucks and spent two days driving on the dusty roads and through the sleepy villages of Lanzerote. The Canary Islands belong to Spain and the language is, naturally enough, Spanish.


Lanzarote is composed of black volcanic ash, and some of the scenery is bleak. Tobacco grown in this black volcanic ash makes the best tasting cigatettes I have ever smoked. I don't smoke anymore, but if I did, I would seek out a cigarette that I actually enjoy.