We almost didn’t make San Sebastian part of our trip but decided to squeeze in a couple of days here between Barcelona and Paris. It was definitely worth the squeeze and we could’ve spent several more days exploring the food scene, hiking the mountains, and laying on the beach. The pictures speak for themselves, but San Sebastian is a beautiful place. The green blue water is crystal clear in parts and deep blue in others and the dark green mountains provide a beautiful contrast to the water below. Besides the nature views the town is also really pretty with architecture that reminded me of Paris and a clean promenade by the water to take in the views. The food scene is littered with Michelin star restaurants, pinxtos bars, and delicious fresh produce from local farms so whether you want a simple picnic to eat at the beach, a hoity-toity dinner, or to bar hop all day long this place have has you covered.
San Sebastian was a bit up and down for us despite all the great things it had to offer. Our bodies were sick (me) and tired (Josiah) and we were struggling on more than one occasion to not let our bad mood or grumpy feelings take over completely. I wrote a bit more about that here and have taken the lesson of practicing gratitude for the small things with me in the weeks since. It’s usually the moments of total frustration when I don’t want to be grateful for anything that I have to force myself to see the small bits of light all around. It’s also a reminder that it doesn’t matter where I am in the world, what I’m seeing, or who I’m with frustration, bad days, and moments where I just want to sit on the curb and cry a little bit will follow me. It’s life and it’s inevitable, but God keeps meeting me in those places with gentle nudges to find the good.
Lastly, our room was crazy! The building we stayed in seemed it was caving inward and the slant in the floor of our room made me dizzy every time I stood up. We were also really close to the church so the bells in the tower rang every hour and Josiah about lost his marbles. But, for $35 dollars a night I guess you can’t expect the Ritz.
First glimpses of La Concha Beach – mouths dropped, eyes wide open with delight.
The beach got pretty crowed in the afternoon as the water slivered the sand away and pushed everyone back toward the promenade.
Zurriola bridge on a cloudy morning before our Pinxtos tour.
Cappuccinos from Sakona Coffee Roasters.
First stop on our pinxtos tour. We went to five different pinxto bars so we got to try five pinxtos and five different wines or ciders.
Green on green on green.
Delicious Iberico ham!
Josiah showing his quality.
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