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  • Day50

    Day 50: San Sebastian

    April 6, 2017 in Spain

    Another UNESCO free day today! Not that I'm looking forward to them particularly, but they do tend to take up a lot of time! We hung around in Bilbao for a while at the apartment before setting off around 11am. Today we were heading eastwards towards the French border, and the famous seaside resort town of San Sebastian. First stop was a lookout over an island called San Juan de Gaztelugatxe.

    Beautiful little spot, overlooking a tiny with a monastery and a dramatic man-made bridge across to it. Considered walking down and across to it, but the cliffs were quite steep and neither Schnitzel nor I felt super up for it. Settled for the viewpoint instead and a couple of pintxos at the nearby restaurant.

    Back on the road for the 90 minutes across to San Sebastian, which for the last hundred or so years has been a hot-spot for rich European vacationers and fancy restaurants. Apparently it has more Michelin stars per capita than anywhere else in Europe! All very expensive places though, so we'd be passing on that but hoping the cuisine has trickled down to more affordable places!

    Checked into our apartment with no problems, and we've got a great spot high on the cliff above the bay. Since the beach view apartment was unoccupied for tonight, they let us upgrade for a tiny charge which was nice. Enjoyed the view briefly before heading out to meet our local guide at 4pm.

    Shandos had arranged for a "locals on tap" tour around the city through Intrepid, and after about a 25 minute walk around the bay we met our guide Tomas. Although not a native here, his wife was from a nearby town and they'd lived here for a few years. We walked around for an hour, him explaining the history of the town and the culture of Basque country, as well as showing us some great places to eat.

    After he departed we crossed the river to the ocean beach where quite a few people were out surfing! Hard to believe, as the water must've been very cold. Air temperatures are around 15 degrees, though it feels quite nice in the sunshine. Lucky for us, Thursday is "pintxo poté" night; essentially happy hour where you get a drink and a pintxo from the bar for 2 euros at most venues. So we cruised around and visited a whole bunch of places picking and choosing!

    The most common thing here seems to be creamy mashed seafood (crab, codfish, octopus etc) on a slice of baguette bread, but you can get plenty of other things too. The most unusual things we had were octopus stewed in squid ink (delicious, and surprisingly sweet), and I had the "first ever" pintxo created, known as the Hilda after a Rita Hayworth character. It's a skewer with an olive, an anchovy, and a pickled chilli pepper. Tomas had recommended it even though I don't like olives, don't like anchovies and don't particularly enjoy pickled chillies either, but it was actually really good! The anchovy was totally different to what I expected, crunchy rather than the stale crap from a can I've had in the past.

    Last stop for the night was a place where they bake giant cheesecakes on the tables in front of you, so we had a portion (three large slices) along with coffees before staggering back home very full. Just in time to discover how high on the cliff our apartment was - 241 stairs up, I counted! Then up a short shallow hill, another 15 stairs into the building, plus of course another 20 stairs inside to our room. Feel the burn!
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  • Day2

    28km - Albergue

    July 1, 2015 in Spain

    We made it to an Albergue. It was filled with pilgrims. At first we couldn't even go to showers because too many people were waiting to take a shower. So we first went to the city.

    We walked 27.78 km. Not much but we hadn't had much sleep. I only had 3 hours sleep and my dad didn't sleep at all. Average moving speed was 4.4 km/h

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  • Day134

    San Sebastian

    December 7, 2016 in Spain

    Wir kommen gut voran. Gestern Abend haben wir uns auf einen Campingplatz bei Ciudad Rodriguez gestellt. Die Tür war offen und haben wir uns einfach an den Strom geklemmt. Um 7.00 Uhr ging es weiter ohne zu zahlen, da noch niemand da war. Wir fuhren bis San Sebastian. Eine wirklich schöne Stadt im Borden des Landes. Mit Dem Funkcuöar fuhren wir auf einen Hügel, von dem man den Ausblick über die Stadt und den Atlantik genießen kann. Weiter ging es über die Grenze nach Frankreich wo wir übernachten.Read more

  • Day51

    San Sebastian

    May 13, 2017 in Spain

    I stood up quite motivated but I didn't sleep that good cause it got really cold during the night. I needed to say goodbye to my friendly, Slowenian mates, cause they were quicker and I didn't want them to wait for me - furthermore I still needed to buy some food.
    After having bought some good typical salami and baguette I had a interesting small talk with the friendly butcher and some pilgrims. I needed to find the ferry to the other side of the town.
    There on the west side I followed the yellow arrows which showed me the way.
    Along the coast I walked upstaires and got some amazing views to the sea and the big cliffs in the fog.
    I walked pretty quick and enjoyed the silence in the nature. Then I saw San Sebastian and took the best photo of the day.

    Arriving in the city center I got lost while I was searching the "albergue". I didn't knew that I could colect the stamps for the credencial everywhere - so I searched the hostel mentioned in my guide for about two hours. Tired and a bit pissed I decided to stay in the expensive albergue with the unfriendly guy from the reception.

    In the supermarket I met a friendly couple from South Korea - they were lost as I have been and I showed them the way (Elizabeth & Anton).

    At the lockers room a beautiful British girl from Bristol (Amanda) came in and smiled so warm that I needed to talk to her. She was 21 years old student with an athletic thin body and a well educated language. She had done some "caminos" before.
    During the afternoon she appeared lot's of times along my way and wants to know where I slept this night - I think she said something like "See you in bed" but I'm not sure about that. I felt quite lucky and couldn't believe it (I felt not that confident around this time). So I wanted to ask charming if she wants to go out for a drink, but everytime I wanted to she disappeared so quick. She played some game and I was already in her spiderweb. At least I was to tired from the last night to try more effective to spent time with her.

    So I tryed to sleep a bit. My room mates where to male pilgrims: Juan from Madrid and Ricardo from Galicia. Two older men.

    In the evening I met the Korean couple who helped me cooking my stuff so that it would taste at least a bit. Cute Amanda was there as well and talked to an older spanish men named Gabriel - a funny loud pilgrim who spent his time making several compliments to all the woman.

    By the way I figured out that Amanda preferes walking alone cause she' s a professional. I just said that I'm going to try to depart at 7:30 and she's welcome.
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  • Day35

    Ich zeig dir mal was

    August 27, 2016 in Spain

    Nach einem Tag haben wir schon die Halbinsel durchquert und machen den Nachmittag mal Pause in San Sebastian. Ich war letztes Jahr schon da für zwei Tage aber Dennis hat hier noch nichts gesehen.
    Also gehen wir mal an den Strand und schauen uns die Altstadt an, das kriegt der Wagen noch hin, obwohl die Kühlwassertemperatur konstant zwischen 90 und 100 Grad schwankt.

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