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San Sebastián

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  • Day49

    Today we went for a big walk around the area over 20000 steps! We walked through this amazing tunnel the colours were sensational. Then we decided to do a cheap dinner on the beach and watch the sunset at 9.45 haha and then called it an early night.

  • Day2

    The waves were huge this evening on La Concha beach. As I enjoyed the childish pleasure of swimming into each one and being thrown around as if in a washing machine, I realised how lucky I am to get such enjoyment from the simple things in life. Swimming in the sea, walking all day, laughing with new acquaintances .... and a hot cup of tea when it's most needed. Thank you @Laurie Reynolds for introducing me to this wonderful little gadget that boils a cup of water in no time at all. Truly life-enhancing!Read more

  • Day48

    Just another bus trip today so nothing to report there haha. We had a really good guide and bus driver so I'm going to miss them hopefully I meet them at some stage on the network again. Ciara (the Irish guide) and Didea (the Portuguese driver). Just really lovely people

    We went on a pinxcos crawl last night which is basically a smaller form of tapas which was lots of fun😊

    Photos are from the view along the boardwalk at night (San Sebastián is a very pretty city)Read more

  • Day49

    Today was a beach day which was really good to do absolutely nothing

    For lunch we got burgers and in it they had proper bacon and eggs which I haven't had since I left home so that made me very happy

    About to head out for dinner now off to Bordeaux on the morning😊

  • Day2

    We got up nice and early this morning and took the 6.30am airport bus. Within 25 minutes we were hopping off just after Irun, ready to start walking. We met Heather from Canada who was hunting for the non-existent arrows and we all walked together for most of the day.

    As happened last time, I was determined to take the so-called Alpinista route, but we somehow ended up on the boring flatter one. We eventually decided to forge our own trail up the side of the hill, and ended up bushwhacking through some difficult terrain. It felt like a major achievement when we reached the top and saw the amazing views of the Bay of Biscay. Well worth the exertion and the badly scratched legs!

    We lad lunch in Pasai before taking the little boat across the river. After that, we took the GR alternatives to San Sebastián. A great day of walking, conversation and laughter. Time for a swim now!
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  • Day5

    I got up at 6 and left the hostel at 7.05. It was not raining and quite cool. I felt confident enough though lots of "what ifs" went through my mind last night.
    Most of the town was walking up the first hill to go to a mass in the Santuario . From there I briefly chatted with a young Polish man who had walked from Poland, 90 days,, and counting.
    We took the advice of two old men, to follow the left arrow, and then I got off track. I was not worried, at first, as I headed for the water., seeing that it is a coastal walk, I deduced. Bad choice, down, down and down the trail I went,.oops, big cliff, so up, up, up I went. Phew, then I was walking along a road and a man pulled over and said what are you doing walking here. Lost says I, lost says he. He set me on the path, which was just above the road, and it turned out I was back on track after an extra 2 hours of up and down a pretty long and rather steep hill. The walking sticks in the garage in Lincoln would be handy. . I felt much better seeing yellow arrows, let me tell you., and I kept tellinh myself that too, as I got a bit stressed when I was off track. I told myself to remember that they say the Camino takes care and provides. I am so glad to be able to talk, and ask for directions in Spanish. .
    The cliff walk was very scenic but when I got to the part where there was cables in the rocks to hold on too cause it was steep, I had a meltdown. I got stuck on grandfather mountain in SC many years ago, relating to a steep rock and cable. At that time I was terrified, so this time I was too. I did not appreciate the beauty of that part. I just put one foot in front of the other and went between fear, anger and telling.myself to just do it. So I did, and then had a tortilla and a coffee and a magnum. Ice cream bar in the little harbor. Rejuvenated and feeling fresh again, even though I had been walking for 6 hours, I set off for San Sebastián. I thought it was really far. I asked a walker who was at a bench on the prom if this was indeed San Sebastián. "Oui" he responded and then spoke at length to me in French. Hmm, says I, this is Spain now, so I am not as bothered that I do not understand. He had no English so we did a couple of Japanese type bows and I hit the beach. I was so happy to know I had a room booked, as that is the next leap of faith for me, to just walk and get a room when I am tired.
    After all that, going in to a bar full of people, ordering pinxtos and vino tinto was a piece of cake.
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  • Day1

    Super-easy journey today - a quick flight from Dublin to Bilbao and a bus from the airport to San Sebastián.

    We had a nice evening, wandering around the city and watching the huge waves. Quite mesmerising! Looking forward to walking tomorrow.

  • Day6

    Qthings I learned in San Sebastián today, which may be coloured rosy by warm sunshine and a magnificent setting :
    A large sugar raised bun partially sliced and filled with 3 inches of cream, along with "un cafe con leche" is a perfectly acceptable way to start the day.
    Going to the beach, with just a towel, no coolers, no
    beach equipment, no chairs etc seems the best and easiest way to go. You don't even need your bikini top,, no matter your age. (,however, I think, not good for the over 30 and up)
    People queue up to bet on boat races, coastal town against each other.
    Each town brings their little band, they March about.
    The dress is alive and well, across all generations, well not the teen girls. Their arse cheeks hang out of mini cut off shorts. .
    When you want to. "dar un paseo", on the promenade and the Nana or Grandpa can't walk then they go in a wheelchair.
    Cell phones are not generally visible.
    People talk to each other.
    It is not dark until 8.35 so you can go for a swim at what is called one of the best urban beaches.
    Middle school boys half bury a yoga ball in the sand, run and bounce off it and somersault or flip,. (, good idea).
    College students have "cidra", pouring contests. They hold bottle high, glass low, then pour and hope it hits the target. Hence the streets are wet and sticky as the aim gets worse after each bottle.
    If you go to two pinxtos bars and have two glasses of wine, 3 euro each, in quick succession, then you are glad there is a cathedral on the, same street as your hotel, so you can find it. (, 2glasses is max for me).
    People here have seem to enjoy the day, family is important.
    The coffee is good.
    The wine is cheap.
    Cidra tastes awful, but it is really cheap.
    I really like this city.
    Why does no one carve, paint or sculpt a pigeon?
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  • Day7

    Rang mum this morning just as the sun was rising it was beautiful there was a little mist and the rays if the sun penetrating through looked amazing, explained to mum we are on our way to Spain and may not be in contact for a few days.

    We left the house at 7am drove 3 hours to San Sebastian Tony Drove found the Hotel Codina no problem parked the car (all day parking for 3€uro)

    We had breakfast at hotel croissants and coffee.
    We walked along the promonard of San Sebastian
    looked at Eduardos Chilida sculpture by the sea, we stopped by the sea for a glass of cava just to admire and take in the astonishing scenery.
    We climbed up to the top of the statue church on top of the hill, a lot of climbing but the view was terrific and we'll worth it.
    We eat Pintxos Spanish for Tapas the tapas bars were busselling spilling out into the streets the atmosphere was buzzing we also ordered a Spanish drink orange no idea what it was but very chilled and refreshing.

    Walked to other beach dipped out feet in the Atlantic Ocean it was quite warm lots of people in swimming.
    More Tapas at a excellent little tapas bar again the streets were full of people the city was alive and buzzing.
    We walked back through the square more cava to end of our evening and Tony had a well deserved Guinnesss to finish of his evening, back to our hotel 19km all up today we walked as Geraldine's phone had a tracker. Needless to say we all fell straight into bed and went fast asleep.
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  • Day3

    Nach unserem wunderbaren Weg über den Jaizkibel, der uns bedeutend mehr Zeit gekostet hatte, als geplant (abgesehen davon, dass wir ja ca. 3 Std zu spät loskamen durch den Regen 🙈), kamen wir abends um 21:00 an der wirklich schönen Herberge Eremita de Santa Ana in Pasaia an. Die Albergue liegt hoch auf dem Berg des kleinen Fischerortes Pasaia direkt am Rücken der Kapelle Santa Ana. Ein absolut malerischer Ort, wir waren völlig entzückt und schwelgten schon in der Vorstellung nach einer Dusche gleich noch am Mini-Hafen zu sitzen und frischen Fisch zu essen....

    Doch leider hatte die Herberge keinen Platz mehr für uns. Selbst mit weniger Trödelei, wären wir never ever vor 16:00 dort gewesen und um 16:00 waren sie bereits belegt.... Ich kann das nur immer wiederholen: Versteh einer die verrückten Pilger, die hier einen Sport daraus machen im Rennen um die letzten Betten.... Geht mir völlig ab, verstehe ich Null. Die Hospitaleros waren trotzdem unglaublich bemüht und rieten uns, mit dem Bus bis nach Donostia - San Sebastian zu fahren, um dort auf jeden Fall in der wirklich großen Herberge einen Platz zu bekommen....
    Zu Fuß wären wir wohl 2 Stunden unterwegs gewesen (wir vermutlich 3😂) und da die Herberge um 22:00 schließen sollte, es mittlerweile 21:20 war, riet man uns, heute zu schummeln und mit dem Bus zu fahren. (Morgen dann mit dem Bus wieder zu kommen und die Strecke nochmal zu laufen; ist klar.. offiziell sind wir auch immer noch bei dieser Story geblieben...)

    Gesagt, getan, nach einer Überfahrt im schaukelnden Wassertaxi 😍, saßen wir kurze Zeit später im Bus mit einem extrem hilfsbereiten Busfahrer, der uns eine Ecke vor der Herberge raus ließ damit es keinem auffiel.. Im Bus trafen wir dann noch einen älteren Mitpilger, der genau wie wir obdachlos für die Nacht war.

    Tja, was soll ich sagen, mir war schon leider vorher klar, dass es wohl auch in San Sebastian nix werden würde mit der Herberge. Dem war auch so. Und im Endeffekt für uns genau richtig....

    So landeten wir im wohl coolsten Surfer Hostel der Stadt, konnten raus und rein wann wir wollten und (Luxus pur) duschen wann wir wollten. Der Camino gibt einem eben doch genau was man braucht. 😉 Und so saßen wir noch spät abends in einem Imbiss in San Sebastian und genossen unser Essen und das baskische Nationalgetränk. Am nächsten Morgen war erstmal ausschlafen angesagt (ebenfalls ein Luxus für Pilger da man sonst spätestens um 10:00, meist eher um 8:00 oder 9:00) rausgeworfen wird.
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Donostia / San Sebastián, Donostia-San Sebastian, San Sebastián, Donostia, Saint-Sébastien

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