Friday, May 30, 2014

Semana 1 down!

Today, we took a group tour to Caserío Igartubeiti, Aránzazu, and Zumaia!  Caserío Igartubeiti is an old farm house up in the mountains of Gipuzkoa (the province in the Basque Country).  The view on the bus ride there was a little cloudy with all the rain, but it was still so pretty!

I don't know if I explained in a previous post, but Basque is another language that is spoken in Spain, and is not related to Spanish at all.  Most people who speak Basque can also speak Spanish or English, but since San Sebastian is in Basque country, one side of the street is written in Basque and the other in Spanish, so it can be a little confusing!

It was cool to see the old farm house that was built in the 17th century, and see the museum explaining the cider press and some Basque culture.

Then, we went to Aranzazu, which is Basque church.  We ate lunch at a restaurant nearby and had paella--my favorite!-- and flan for dessert.  It was pretty cold still up in the mountains with the rain, but once we got to Zumaia, it was really nice out!  The weather here can't make up its mind.

Zumaia was such a cute town!  We hiked up to the cliff and saw a breathtaking view, and our tour guide explained to us the significance of the layers in the stone.  After we hiked back down, we took a boat ride to see the other side of the cliff.  It was really windy, so the waves were pretty big--which made us all feel a little sea-sick :/  It was so worth it though!  But once we were back on land, it was definitely a relief haha.

Well, made it through my first week of class!  Hopefully the weather will warm up a little so we can all get to the beach!

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