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Sep 16, 2015 - Day 27 San Sebastián

Caught the bus into the city in plenty of time to join our tour. We grabbed a takeaway coffee and cake from one of the cafes so we could enjoy it while we waited. Once I'd finished mine, I went for a walk to get my steps up and found a map that had post office details on it. I'm still looking for a post office. I decided to come e back to it later in the day. Pete was still waiting where we'd been told was the pick up place and no one else was there. It was getting close to 9am so I said I'd walk to the original meeting place to see if...

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Sep 15, 2015 - Day 26 San Sebastián

We were a bit slow getting moving today as we don't have anywhere we have to be at any particular time. Tomas sent me a text telling me a big storm was coming and there would be 6-metre seas and for us to be careful. Pete went out for an early walk to check out what is in the neighbourhood and see where the metro station is. Tomas told us about the bus however we are pretty keen on travelling on the metro as it's easier to know where you are and to change lines to go to different areas. We set off to the metro with great expectations. Big...

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Sep 14, 2015 - Day 25 Santiago de Compestala to San Sebastián

We are covering a lot of kilometres today....Santiago de Compostela to San Sebastián. We'll be in the train from 10:06 to 20:48 to be precise. We were up reasonably early to allow time for the walk to the station with a couple of stops on the way. I was hoping for the post office and we needed the supermarket to buy a few goodies for the journey. Didn't find the post office however bought some cheese, tomatoes, bananas, bread rolls and crackers...do I detect a common theme here? We had time up our sleeves so had a coffee and pastry at the...

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Aug 20, 2015 - Zumaia, Spain

Thursday, August 20th. We seemed to take a round a bout way to find the main highway. “Richard” did avoid the town of St. Emilion but in order to do so we had to wind our way thru the twisty turny roads which ran through the vineyards. We seemed to be skirting the highway we could see paralleling us in the distance. Finally we were able to access it and headed toward the coast miraculously avoiding Bordeaux – another large port city. Once we crossed over the Dordogne River we had left wine country, it being its southern boundary. Hey Jack...

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May 21, 2015 - Northern Spain

We continued our drive from the French Basque coastline to the Spanish Basque coastline. In both countries, people speak French or Spanish respectively, but some also speak the native Basque language called Euskara. Road signs and other signs are in both French or Spanish and Euskara. However, other than the signage we could not really identify Basque from the rest of the French or Spanish. In the past there was a Basque separatist movement that was sometimes violent but in 2011 the movement denounced violence. We stayed a few days in the...

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May 5, 2015 - Beach Day

Georgias recount of the beach day Today we went for a big walk to the beach. We kept stopping at the all the good looking pastry and chocolate shops. As we were walking on the beach we had to walk on stairs which when the tide came in later the waves went BANG, CRASH against them. Me and Ollie changed into our togs and went straight in but only for like 5mins because it was too cold. Instead we bult a kayak out of sand and destroyed it seconds later. Next mum and tomo decided that we would walk up this big hill. Mum told us there was a...

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May 2, 2015 - Georgias day in San Sebastian

This is Georgia's diary entry Today we walked into town to find a place that sold sim cards. We waited awhile and when we had got up to the counter we had to have Dads passport. So me and Dad walked all the way back. Luckly we stopped for a chocolate covered crossiant and bagette. After we got his passport we had to wait for over an hour which was really boring. Once it was sorted out we had really nice cheese and bagettes. We headed to Mt Urgull mendia to see a statue. I wasn't too happy about the big hill and steep stairs my feet were so...

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Apr 30, 2015 - San Sebastain

It was a sad farewell to our wonderful canal boat and on our way to next adventure. Today we have left France and head for Spain. We awoke this morning on the canal with a beautiful view of the water and tonight we put our heads down with a view of the beach and so many apartments. It took us about 4 hours to get here and the temperature keeps rising - We have arrived to 28c. Looking forward to going swimming in the ocean soon. Here is tomos account of the day Today we went to spain. The car journey was long. We went to a church that was...

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Apr 10, 2014 - Day 10 - Why didn't you call me?

Bilbao has turned out to be quite the happy accident of our vacation. When I was planning the itinerary for this trip, I briefly considered including Bilbao, but decided against it, in favor of spending more time in other cities and places in Spain. I knew about the Guggenheim, but I wasn't sure it was enough to justify a visit to Bilbao. I'd been to the original Guggenheim museum in New York, and frankly, it's not all that impressive. But Bilbao has been awesome. The Guggenheim here is orders or magnitude more impressive than it's New York...

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Apr 10, 2014 - Day 11 - Pondering the future of Spain

Today was our last day in Bilbao. We spent it mostly by taking a funicular up to the top of Mt. Artanda, which allows for spectacular views of the city. We walked there and back because it seems that no place we wanted to go in Bilbao is more than a 20 minute walk away. Bilbao has, from what I understand, a very good Metro system, but we never used it. This was the first time I'd been in a city that had a Metro system where we had no occasion to use it. Then around 5PM, we boarded a five hour train ride to Madrid. On the train, I tried to...

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Apr 9, 2014 - Day 9 - Yoko Ono's "Vagine"

Prior to coming to Bilbao, if you had asked me what I associated with Bilbao, I would have come up with exactly two things: - I knew that Bilbao was the sight of a new Guggenheim modern-art museum designed by Frank Gehry. - Bertold Brecht and Kurt Weill wrote a song called "The Bilbao Song" for their musical, "Happy End". The song is an ode to "Bill's Beer Hall in Bilbao", which is a disreputable, skanky dive of a bar "where the stools at the bar are damp with rye/On the dancefloor the grass grows high". But the song really has nothing to...

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Apr 8, 2014 - Day 8 - It's a Super Spectacular Day!!! Until........

When I was a kid, "MAD" magazine put out a record (you remember those?) in an insert to one of it's magazines featuring a song called "It's a Super Spectacular Day". The first part of the song was someone singing about what a great day it was: "It’s a great big, beautiful, wonderful, incredible, super-spectacular day And your heart is humming with good times coming And you got that happy feeling things are going your way All the bells are ringing and a little bird’s singing while he sits on your windowsill Singing yessiree, I can surely...

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