Today is Wednesday October 8th and I am really writing this on todays date... finally up to date with this stupid blog... I hope you guys are enjoying our travels and we would love you to email us at any time. Remember we only have each other to speak to in English and considering we have exactly the same day as each other it can get a little dull......
So we have arrived in Spain !!!
We are in San Sebastian to be exact which is really just over the French border by about 100kmīs or so. Itīs a fantastic town. Tons of shopping, bars restaurants and places to see. Itīs a mixture of young and old in the town and the pace is a nice easy one.
We arrived into town only knowing where the tourist bureau was supposed to be. Neither Patrick or I speak any Spanish and of course with being on the motorcycle we canīt have a library of guide books in our bags.
So here is day one in Spain....
Drive for about 3 hours
Get into Spain and realize that they are all driving a little bit faster than they should.
Watch very big trucks go through red lights
Find the sign, finally to the tourist bureau
Follow the signs to the tourist bureau
Yelling at each other, while riding down the street, about why isnīt the tourist bureau there (neither if us know where the damn thing is but itīs a good way to vent)
Pull over to the side of the road and ask for directions and get a good solid vague over there wave of hand sort of gesture..... now this is fun because I went to get the directions and then had to go back to Patrick with the vague hand movement of well itīs kind of over there. Did you know when Patrick starts rubbing his forehead itīs not a good thing ???
Decide to walk, in all our motorcycle gear in the vague hand gesture of that way.
Find a bookstore that has an english copy of a Spain guidebook !!! HUGE !!! The man in the shop speaks english and tells us the tourist bureau has moved but he knows where it is !!!!! There is a god.....
So melting in our motorcycle gear we get to the tourist bureau with 10 minutes to spare before they close for a 2 hour lunch.
Start the search for a place to stay ( so weīve been in town a good hour already )
Drive to the first place - itīs full
Drive to the second place that has 4 pensions (small hotels) in a 2 block radius. Get to the second place. The is a bomb apparently in these 2 blocks and the police are there blocking traffic and some men are around in these high tech blue and red outfits with big guns and face masks...... we turn around and walk quickly away. Our new spanish word for the day is bomba........
The sun has decided to come out and it is now 25 degrees and we are suffering heat stroke.
We brave traffic again and head to the next area of pensions. We make all the traffic and a very big bus come to a halt as we park the bike and I almost fall off ( iīm a little tired and cranky by this time)
Finally - we find a pension, it has a room, the lady is very nice and speaks a little english - she is Portuguese - love the Portuguese.
Later that night we head out for dinner. We are in Basque Country. We have a fantastic meal in a nice restaurant. The beer is good and cold and only .75 cents a glass. My wine is only a 1.50. Have we finally reached paradise????
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