Our first week has been incredible, and we’ve been feeling so lucky to be living in this glorious city! Here, SPI Head Directors Casey Shea & Mary Blanco catch us up on what San Sebastian Summer 1 students have been up to thus far:

On Mondaywe enjoyed a tour of town and ended the day with delicious churros con chocolate. Throughout the tour, at new points of reference, I would ask, “Donde esta tu escuela?”. They would all have to point in the direction they thought was correct. Several students later said they felt it was important to become more oriented, especially in terms of where the school is since they go there every day. – Casey


¡Churros con Chocolate! (1)


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On Tuesday, we gave students a choice between activities: surfing, a Pintxo tour or Museo San Telmo.

The Pintxo tour: We had fun exploring and trying new food! Everyone tried something new today. I bought Pulpo al Gallego for them to try, and all but one student tried it; instead, she tried chuleta (grilled steak). We went to three or four places together in Parte Vieja and practiced ordering and interacting with the bartenders — asking what different food items were, prices. etc. Such good Spanish practice! – Casey

Museo San Telmo: We loved exploring Basque culture & history here! And, we got lucky: since San Sebastian was named the European Culture Capital of 2016, there was a special temporary exhibition called “Treaties of Peace”, that showcased important local artists such as Goya, Rubens Murillo, Ribera, and others. -Mary

Museo de San Telmo (1)


Wednesday was spent hiking to Mt. Urgull and Mt. Igueldo, and enjoying the beautiful views!





On Thursday, we enjoyed swimming at Playa la Concha, surfing and a traditional Basque cooking class. It was also La Noche de San Juan, a night in which the whole town celebrates the beginning of the summer season with bonfires on the beach & good food!

Con alegría siempre es mejor