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Jul 14, 2005 - Back in San Sebastian

Hi everyone. Are you all settled for the next set of instalments? At work, got brew, boss is out? All set then. Later the same day as running with the bulls (Yea!) I caught up with Matt and John again, had a beer and a bite to eat, and then met up with Renee and her friends Lauren and Tim, more Aussies. We're everywhere! Tim knew some of the bar staff at this pub so not only were we getting two for one drinks for the extended happy hour but free shots too. We bar hopped, danced and met more people till the wee hours. I was still feeling...

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Jul 12, 2005 - San Sebastian

Tuesday When the train stopped at Pamplona two American guys, Josh and Leon got on. They ran that morning and told me all about it. Its sounds exciting though I've been of two minds about running. When the train got to San Sebastian we found our hostel, the lads tagged along with me. I was a day late for my booking and was hoping that they'd still have room. First we had to wait for someone who ran the place, then for someone who we could communicate with and then they said they didn't have room. As we were asking if they knew of anywhere...

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Jul 1, 2005 - San Sebastian, BASQUE COUNTRY

We arrived jet-lagged to this beautiful Basque city, stuffed ourselves with tapas and then slept for 12 hours. We have already made the mistake of referring to this region as "Spain"...we were politely told that this was not Spain, but Basque Country. It has been remarkably easy to fall into the different rythym here: breakfast at noon, lunch at 4pm, and dinner at 9pm. The sun has been setting at 10:30pm and last night we went out to dinner at 11pm! We ate the catch of the day at a medieval fishing village called Getaria, notable as the...

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Jun 24, 2005 - Oh my god is it hot here

Well this has to be the warmest part of my trip so far, we have been having temps hanging around close to the 40 degree mark with only a little bit of rain yesterday to cool things down at night which was well needed as this hostel like most have no air conditioning. I have walked around to some plaza's and took in a beautiful park today even with the heat and then off to my siesta I went. I am heading to the French -Spain border tomorrow for one day then off to France to the Bordeaux region then up to Normandy for Dave Jr(Anspatch). I...

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Jun 20, 2005 - a basque party

so i said that i would give a little update today and here it is... there were over a dozen people who sowed up last night. most of them being my mother's friends, who were all nice. nadia was there daddy... she has two beautiful babies and a husband now! chris and i mostly talked among ourselves, drank wine, and ate some good food. it was getting boring so we took off down the road to the river where there is an amazing roman bridge. we walked through the woods for a while and then headed back. we like playing with all the kids around my...

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Jun 8, 2005 - San Sebastian, Spain-Great suggestion Henry!

San Sebastian is one of those places you see in those big picture books you glance through at Barnes and Noble. you think no where could really be that beautiful. well San Sebastian definitely is! it is clean, and pristine, and drop dead gorgeous. we arrived semi-well rested in San Sebastian around 9 am. the weather was sunny and cool with no humidity. a nice change from Portugal. we made our way to our hostel, which was called Pension Loinaz. it is more like a guesthouse, and we even got our own room. Pension Loinaz was located in Parte...

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Jun 5, 2005 - San Sebastian, our last stop in Spain

Two words remain the same throughout all human languages. The first is Armageddon, as there can only be one way to talk about the end of the world, the second most suprisingly is "NO PHOTO". We thought that when we first came to Spain that the Spaniards were far less anal about photography in their galleries and churches, well that was the case in the south but the further we have come north the more we have heard the NO PHOTO mantra. In the Guggenheim they even wrap your camera up in it's own little NO PHOTO bag so it can't sneak out and...

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May 19, 2005 - Bilbao Spain

I left by bus to Bilbao (off the northern westcoast of Spain). I got to Bilbao in 3hours, just after 3pm. Bilbao is wonderful. The people are out going, colorful and dressed to the hilt. Just walking through the city you see a amazing amount of people in their 70s who are business people dressed in stylish business suits & dresses with a youthful gait and laughing & socializing on their way up and down the unsualy wide side walks (think Va beach board walk, on each side of the street in Bilbao!!!). These people looked liked they just came...

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Scott's vacation

Apr 4, 2005 - Biarritz to San Sebastian

Day 3: Biarritz to San Sebastian Distance: 51kms Total for Entire Trip: 183kms Riding Time: 3hrs Total Time for day: 4.5hrs Avg Speed: 17.7kph Elevation Rating: 3/10 Marks Crapometer: 4/10 Andrews Crapometer:2/10 Weather Report: Fine and hot at first. Sea mist in San Sebastian 16-21 degrees. Toots of Encouragment: 6 Toots of Discouragment: 10 (mostly in the tunnel) Max's Max Speed: 58kph Andrew's: 49.5kph Number of squashed cats: 5 We crossed the border into Spain today. Nice morning ride out of France. But as soon as we leave France the...

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Home Again...

Mar 20, 2005 - San Sebastian: People and Community

On every trip there are places you go that you wish you hadn´t and there are places that never thought you would go that you were so glad you did. San Sebastion was one of those places. A brilliant vibrant city located on the northmost part of Spain right on the French border on the Atlantic coast, its laid-back atmosphere and friendly people make anyone wish they were a spaniard. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We ended up here in a roundabout way. After arriving in Pau my friend...

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Jan 9, 2005 - San Sebastian, Spain

1-8-04 I get off the train in Irun, a Spanish border town near France, and immediately begin speaking Spanish. It excites me to have the opportunity and know it will steadily improve as I spend more time here. I buy a train ticket to San Sebastian and read a few entries in my Spanish/English dictionary. A woman confronts me as I get off the train. It is just after 7AM and I think it is a bit weird that a pension owner is here to hassle me this early. We speak Spanish and she explains to me what her pension is like. I put my backpack in...

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Oct 23, 2004 - San Sebastian

After the relaxing stay in the Lourdes 'campsite', we has a pretty drive across the south of France with the Pyrenees to our left for the whole trip. We drove south from Biarittz to the Spanish seaside mecca of San Sebastián. Following the extremely vague lonely planet directions we arrived at our campsite on a hillside over looking the spectacular Pyrenees. We relaxed at the campsite with a snack of tapas & sangria, then headed into town. The Spanish are a very relaxed people and everything they do revolves around eating and drinking, both...

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