Monday, July 11

A rainy day here in San Sebastian! We decided to swap a couple things around in our itinerary and go to the aquarium today. After students finished their classes and had time for lunch, we met at La Bretxa at 5 and walked through Parte Vieja to one of the Basque Country’s most popular attractions: the San Sebastian Aquarium. This seaside aquarium and museum is situated with great views overlooking La Concha. The first part has exhibits on local fishing and naval history. The rest is filled with fish from the region, as well as all sorts of amazing sea creatures! After leaving the aquarium, we walked up the hill a bit and since it wasn’t raining, took advantage of the weather and views for a group photo.

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Tuesday, July 12

Another rainy day in San Sebastian! After Spanish classes and lunch, some of our group met at Plaza Gipuzkoa before walking to a spa day at La Perla, while others met at Tabakalera to walk through the Culture Center & learn about local art, music and theater. In a matter of minutes, the weather changed for the better and we ended up having a beautiful evening with blue skies and sun!

Wednesday, July 13

Sun, clouds, rain, clouds, mist, sun, rain, partly cloudy — we’ll take it! Oh, San Sebastian weather, you are…interesting, frustrating and ever-changing! Luckily, the weather mostly cooperated with us today as we hiked to the top of Monte Urgull. At the top of the hill, there is a 12-meter sculpture (Sagrado Corazon de Jesus) that towers over the bay. We started at La Bretxa, walked through Parte Vieja, down Calle 31 de agosto, and climbed to the top while also taking breaks to snap photos and enjoy the views!

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Thursday, July 14

After classes today, students could choose between several different afternoon activities. Most chose to surf, either taking their first or second surf lesson, and a few others chose to take a Zumba class led by a great instructor from the Dominican Republic, Rey. Both groups had tons of fun and were tired afterwards!

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Friday, July 15

On this absolutely gorgeous day in San Sebastian, we made our way up to Monte Igeldo. This is what we were originally going to do on Monday, but decided to switch Monday and Friday’s plans due to weather — and it couldn’t have worked out any better! We met at La Bretxa and walked all along Playa de La Concha and Playa de Ondarreta. It’s about a 30 minute walk to the base of the funicular, but in good company and good weather, we didn’t even notice how long the walk was! In just about 3 minutes, we reached the top of Igeldo by way of the 100+ year old funicular. The views from the top are breathtaking and we did our best to capture them in photos. Students had free time to enjoy the small amusement park and perfect weather before making their way back to the bottom and eventually back to their home stays for dinner.