Year Abroad / Sunshine, sea and sand

Hola, my lovelies.

Last weekend myself and my chiquis went for a trip to San Sebastián, a town in the Basque Country in the north of Spain. For me, this trip was definitely something to look forward to, mainly as after 8 months living in Spain, I was finally going to the beach! I know, I don’t know how I’ve managed it either. We all took the train on Friday morning from Delicias, checking into our hostel a cheeky 6 minutes walk from the station, before going off to explore in search of the sights and food. We were told before we went that San Seb was famous for its tapas, and they were not wrong in the slightest; it was incredible.

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That night our hostel was having a paella night: for €6 each we were cooked one of the most delicious paellas I’ve had out here, complete with a heckload of sangria. Our paella night turned into a very loud, rowdy predrinks in which we shouted along to some reggaeton (and yes, that means the Despacito remix was included), danced along to some cheesy classics and played limbo with a broom. The guy on reception and the chef took us on a bar crawl, complete with free shots and lots of dancing. I’m surprised my feet weren’t too tired the next morning to go exploring.

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Let’s go, pub crawl!

Only four of us made it out in the morning for a walk around San Sebastián, stopping for breakfast in the sun and buying postcards to send to our families. Our travels meant we sampled more of the cuisine and had several photo shoots by La Concha beach, helped all the more by the sun finally coming out! We’d been forecast storms all weekend but somehow, we were lucky and so it meant time for some beach time. We were joined by the rest of the gang, all of us nursing a slight hangover, sunbathing and having a walk/swim in the sea, depending on how brave we all were (I walked, sorry). That night we all went for a wander through the streets before stumbling across an Italian restaurant for us all to sit and have a natter over some pizza. Plus, with the popularity of tapas bars in that town, it was one of the only places we could actually sit and eat as a group of ten.

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Photoshoot time… 

The next morning, we decided to go on a walk/climb/trek – whatever you want to call it. We walked up towards Monte Urgull, sweating profusely in the Sunday sunshine on the way up. The view from the top was gorgeous, being able to see the entirety of the city and the sea. I was exhausted by the time we reached the top, and so a few of us split off from the rest and headed to the beach for a final few hours of sunbathing and relaxation. I eventually went for a wander by myself and finally plucked up the courage to jump in the sea, realising that this was my final opportunity on year abroad. I also realised that that was perhaps the first beach I’d been to for about six years, so I made sure to make it count. I even left with a tan so I am finally ticking off some more boxes on my year abroad list.

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A gorgeously sunny Sunday

It was really sad to leave San Seb, with us all wishing we could stay for an extra week or so to truly enjoy it in all its glory. But alas, university was calling. Only 5 weeks of exams and I will be free! Well, until I begin my summer reading lists anyway. I urge you all, if you’re able, to take a trip to San Sebastián. The food, the setting, the people; it’s all worth it. I can’t wait to go back there again myself.

Hasta la próxima vez, cariños!

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