*Please note: This post was first published on the blog I kept in 2011 while studying abroad*
7:30 AM is very early for a bus ride, especially when you have to hop of the metro for twenty minutes to get to the bus stop. I didn’t go to bed until 1:30 AM the night before and then got up at 6:10am! Was it worth it? Absolutely.
San Sebastian is the first place I have gone outside of Bilbao/Getxo area without instructors. Our group somehow grew from two to eight by the time yesterday’s departure!
The first thing we did once all of us were together was head north to the sea (El Mar Cantábrico in Spanish). The sound of the sea on the rocks was really cool. Next we scaled a mountain (Mount Urgull) and found a castle, El Castillo de la Mota. The climb was tough but it was worth it. The castle was really cool and big.
When we went back down the mountain we stopped in the Basilica of Saint Mary of Assumption which was built in the second half of the 18th century.
Afterward our goal became food and we went to a rather nice restaurant (that forced us to buy bottled water rather than drink free tap water). My friend Elise and I shared paella and a bocadillo (a sandwich on fresh french baguette with ham, red peppers, and cheese). We also stopped by a place with ice cream and a desert shop where I bought a dangerous chocolate desert that I can’t even begin to describe.