Week in beautiful San Seb...
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August 27th, 2007 – by: JannaD
Kevin and I tried to spend as much time as possible at the beach, especially considering we’d been in Ireland for the summer and were in desperate need for some sunshine! It did rain a bit one day, but was nice for the rest of the trip. On the really hot days the beaches were so packed that we could hardly find a spot to lie down.
We spent one afternoon trying to surf but ended up getting battered by the big waves the whole time!!! I did manage to get up on the board a few times, I’m proud to say! Loads of fun! We rented kayaks and kayaked out to the Santa Clara Island in the middle of the bay. Had a bit of an embarrassing moment that day…..I wasn’t ready for a wave and the wave broke on me while my kayak was perpendicular to it.
We hiked up both mountains to see the nice views of the ocean, town and beaches. An artist named Chilida created these funky modern sculptures along the coast, called the Comb of the Wind. We spent some time wondering around the area looking at them. The waves were pretty strong crashing up on the rocks in this area, which made it even more impressive.
In the evenings, Spanish culture consists of going to tapas bars and drinking sangria. Tapas are hard to describe….they are very small portions of food…usually bits of bread with different toppings, like fish, meat, cheese, egg omelette, or combinations of each.
So, the Spanish spend their evenings in these tapas bars and then go for a big dinner around 10 at night. Most nights Kevin and I were too stuffed on tapas to make it to dinner though! We did go all out one night though….we got dressed up and went to a really nice restaurant on the beach.
The actual town area of San Sebastian is gorgeous. The buildings are all very old, with beautiful architecture. There are two big beautiful churches as well. There is a big square or plaza in the middle of town that used to be a bull fighting ring hundreds of years ago. Now is a nice area to sit outside and have a few drinks.
From what I'm told, San Sebastian is the area in Spain where the Spanish people go to vacation. There were very few English speaking people there, which made things like ordering food and getting a taxi very difficult. We had learned a few Spanish words beforehand, which helped. But we had several very very frustrating moments…guess that is all part of the fun though!
All in all, it was an amazing, relaxing week, that I would highly recommend to anyone. You get a relaxing beach vacation, with Spanish culture on the side! Learn a few Spanish words before you go, and get ready to eat amazing food and drink amazing sangria!
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