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San Sebastian

Jeremy - We arrived at San Sebastian bus depot from Madrid about 2 hours later than scheduled and jumped on a bus towards our hostel and the beach. The beach is a crescent moon shape and at the top is a small area that forms the old town. The old town is where all the action is, with tapas, pubs, cafes and our hostel.
The hostel was in average shape and named something like "Aussie Pension". We can't remember why we booked it but wish we could to see what the motivation might have been. The private room for two had four beds in it and one of its doors lead into the kitchen/ office area so we could hear the the owner and her son as we lay in bed. We shared tiny little bathrooms that had a bad smell and were always damp and alcohol was banned! Now this was not unlike some of the other places we had stayed but it was going to be Emily's birthday while here so it was a little disappointing.
Apart from this I really liked San Seb! Nice beach, cool sunsets and a more relaxed feel than other European beach havens. It had a mix of Spanish and French which made for a pleasant feel. However, the nudist calmly strolling along the shore during lunch time and the Basque bomb threat at the local port did give us a glimpse of "the other side" of San Sebastian locals.
After almost two weeks in Spain I can safely say we were sick of tapas! Unfortunately this is not the place to be sick of them as they were everywhere! We managed to avoid eating too many tapas, this was helped by me getting a gastro bug and spending a lot of time in the hostel and the smelly bathrooms. After three days of perfect weather and beaching (in between recovering from gastro) we where ready to leave Spain and move to the next city. As we headed to the station to catch a train to Bordeaux in the early morning a light shower came across from the sea giving us the hit that summer may be drawing to a close.
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Posted by jezems 16:06

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