Blogs from San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain, Europe


Europe » Spain » Basque Country » San Sebastián August 18th 2013

San Sebastian to Bilbao to Burgos 13 to 17 August 2013 On arriving in San Sebastian we left all the ‘bon jour’ and ‘merci’ behind and entered Spain so now hearing ‘buenos dias’ and ‘gracias’. The Spanish language was a lot more familiar to us after travelling through Sth America for 3 months in 2011 and learning Spanish back in Brisbane. We found a suitable park and rode our bikes into the city centre. Wow, we were struck by the busyness and summer celebrations that were going on in the centre of town. There were people everywhere, listening to the street music, watching the street puppet show, the painter at work and the unusual live statues as well as the clown blowing up balloons. Walking through the narrow streets we also saw peaceful demonstrations for political ... read more
Bilbao in Basque Region Spain (5)
San Sabastian in Basque Region Spain (8)
Bilbao in Basque Region Spain (1)

Europe » Spain » Basque Country » San Sebastián July 22nd 2013

When I got back home from Seattle, I went straight back to work as there was a lot to do and I had only 1.5 weeks, then headed off for San Sebastian, Spain, for the European Conference on Psychological Assessment. This time, I managed to finish both presentations before heading off for the Congress, so much less stressful . I flew through Frankfurt, where I met Dennis who works with my former employer and is also working on his PhD, to Bilbao, from where we caught a bus to San Sebastian. Our hotel was conveniently located between the university, where the congress would take place, and the beautiful beach. Of course we had dinner outside and not far from the beach. Dennis and I had both signed up for a pre-conference workshop, where we also met ... read more
View towards the Old Town
Monte Igueldo
San Vincente Cathedral

Europe » Spain » Basque Country » San Sebastián July 12th 2013

San Sebastian is a popular beach and sailing destination, located a few hours away by bus from Bilbao. On the day at which I visited, unfortunately, the sky was overcast. The whole city appeared gloomy and brooding. Still, it was a nice trip. We went for a short boat trip, so that we could appreciate a view of the city from the ocean. The tapas in San Sebastian are well-appreciated for their elaborateness. They are certainly precariously tall! My friend Felix enjoyed them very much. So, it would seem that their reputation holds true! We gave a go to the aquarium. It was quite nice. If you've seen the entry on this blog about Long Beach (California) and about Zaragossa, you know that I am partial to going to the aquarium.... read more

Europe » Spain » Basque Country » San Sebastián May 17th 2013

Crossing from the long straight, empty roads of France in to Spain, where they were suddenly a tangled mess of twists and turns, was a bit of a wakeup call as we headed to Camping Iqueldo near San Sebastian. The sat nav had more in store for us though: as we passed through the town, it directed us off the main road and into the hills. The roads became narrower and steeper and it was clear that the three of us were lost (that’s Steve, I and the sat nav!). Steve persevered, as there was nowhere to turn around anyway, and negotiated Petit Van Blanc around hairpin bends and along skinny tracks with a sheer drop to one side! We eventually found the main road again but took one last wrong turn from which a local ... read more

Europe » Spain » Basque Country » San Sebastián May 14th 2013

A peaceful night except for Woolly’s snoring! The clouds were a bit lower this morning but the view was still stunning, the Pyrenees were still there and we hadn’t dreamt them. Woolly says – Snore, me….never! We seemed to be ready and packed into Oliver in good time and were at The Grottes de Betharram by 9.30am, although it opened at nine we were told by a sweet French gentleman with beret that the trip would start at ten past ten, we hovered around before getting on a coach. The coach took us further up the mountainside before we alighted at a building. Paying over 13 Euro each (approximately £11.90 GBP), we hoped it would live up to the price. We entered the caves with another bereted French man who split us into groups of French, ... read more
The Grottes of Betteeram
Cool Lighting
Mites and Tites


Europe » Spain » Basque Country » San Sebastián May 6th 2013

It's so hot when we wake in the morning (well, actually early afternoon) and my mouth is dry and almost bleeding from the amount of pippas we consumed last night- now I know how a gerbil must feel. However, I cheer up the moment I look outside and see clear blue skies- definitely a beach day at last, yay! We get ready quickly and head out in search of some brunchfast. We head down towards the beach and stop at one of the bars on the promenade as we don’t want to be too far away from that elusive sun, sea and sand. In these restaurants there is a succinct lack of menus (I get the whole pinxto thing at night where you look and point at something on the bar, but what about during the ... read more

Europe » Spain » Basque Country » San Sebastián May 5th 2013

Like all the best laid plans, what we expected would be a fairly straight forward drive to the north of Spain turns out to be a long 6 hour nail biting journey as Charlie starts to lose power 20 minutes into our trip, just as we're about to overtake a lorry on an uphill road. We pray it’s only a one off but he does it twice more and we look at each other with a sinking feeling. We’re in the arse end of nowhere, not even a small town in sight so for the rest of the journey Greg is reluctant to go more than 35mph. To add to the fun and excitement, at one point the windscreen wipers start to go awol and nearly fly off completely. I can understand why Charlie is beginning ... read more
Zarautz sunset
Pinxto = delicioso!

Europe » Spain » Basque Country » San Sebastián February 3rd 2013

Last December we decided to take a road-trip from The Netherlands to Spain, yes in December! We survived the constant rainy days, a luckily change of climate, but the best was to stop at Pastisserie’s for coffee and a treat! France was stunningly beautiful; we discover that my French is not that bad and people will understand me; obviously we will all laugh at some point. My French has history; it brings me back in 2008 when my cousin and I did a backpack trip through Europe (not really a ‘back pack’, we had high hills and pretty dresses!) Once we were in Paris, my cousin and I were at a restaurant, the food was dry and not to our taste, I continue to complain in French, we went back and forward, after constant laughs we ... read more

Europe » Spain » Basque Country » San Sebastián December 26th 2012

Paris to San Sebastián, Spain The only thing we knew about San Sebastián was it on the way from Paris to Seville and that it was a good point to spend the night. We caught the day train from Paris at 07:30 and traveled across France until evening. Change in Irun The last station in France was Irun and that is where we had to change trains for the twenty to thirty minute ride to San Sebastián. I had selected San Sebastián as we could catch the train to Seville there in the morning. Another day train and an opportunity to see the Spanish countryside. Travel between countries that are part of the Schengen agreement is so much easier now than previously. No border checks, no passport checks. It is like crossing state lines in the ... read more
San Sebastián beach
Ancient church
San Sebastián

Europe » Spain » Basque Country » San Sebastián October 30th 2012

Well, it’s about time… finally I get to tell everyone about my view on our family’s adventures in Spain. First, let me introduce myself. My name is Keira Maneulla Thakore. I am currently a small baby. A 4.5 month old, 14lb baby to be exact. I have an older sister, Asha Ynez Thakore, who is 19 months old. She fluctuates between being jealous of me and trying to let me know just how much she loves me. Either way, when I sit next to her in our double stroller, I am often the recipient of “gentle” tapping or poking, well-meaning or otherwise. At least that’s better than when I am left defenceless on the floor and Asha sits on my head. Hmpfh. Momma and Daddy are a little slow to get her off at times. At ... read more
Daddy's Under my Spell
Churros con Chocolat

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