San Sebastián is beyond amazing….of course. I arrived in San Sebastián on the 14th and, waiting outside the bus stop for us (my roommate Lizzie and I) was our family! Eva and Ricardo are great host parents. They are a 43 year-old couple with no children. They live in the neighborhood of Gros, which is less than five minutes away from the beach and ten minutes away from the school.
The school I go to is called Tandem. Today was only my second day but so far it is great! I wake up at 7:30 and am ready to leave by 8:30. School starts at 9:15 but Lizzie and I like to leave early so that we can go sit and get a coffee. I am not a coffee drinker, but I thoroughly enjoy it here.
At Tandem, the first class is from 9:15-10:45. Then, after that class we have a break till 11:15, giving us the ability to walk somewhere in town and get coffee or food. Then from 11:15-12:45 we have class; then, at 12:45 is when we end school. Normally we have the rest of the day off after that, but today we get to take an elective: surfing. Today I am going to learn how to surf….this is going to be interesting. 🙂
What I love is that I have the ability to go out and explore by myself. I can go and soak up some of the culture/scenery I may not be able to see when I am with others. Last night, my roommate and I went and sat at a coffee shop, just talking. I love being able to do that because I am able to get to know her better.
Last week I hiked up Monte Igeldo which consists of one of the best views in the world. This mountain gives you such an amazing view of San Sebastián. It is so breathtaking that I just wanted to set up camp there….forever. We honestly didn’t hike up — we walked from one side of the beach to the other and took a trolley up. I promise you if you ever come here and go up Monte Igeldo, it will be the best decision you have ever made.
About the Author: Claire participated on SPI’s 2014 Spanish language immersion program in San Sebastian, Spain.