When my friend first suggested traveling to San Sebastián in December, I worried that it would be too cold to actually have fun. Thankfully, our stay was surprisingly warm. Also, because we visited during an off-season, we never had to face crowded beaches.
San Sebastián is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. Our hostel was located in the older part of the city in Constitution Plaza. Our room literally opened up to a balcony that faced the plaza!
We spent the first day hiking up Monte Urgull. It was not too long of a hike, and the view at the end was very rewarding. The food in San Sebastián was amazing. Pincho bars lined the streets. Even though pinchos are technically snacks, four or five of them could easily fill you up. We went on exploring and also saw the beautiful Cathedral of the Good Shepherd.
The next day we made our way up Monte Igueldo. In order to get to the top, we took a cableway that was over 100 years old. I honestly don’t know why the boasted about it being so old. That definitely did not make me feel safer as we made our way up at practically a 70º angle. To our surprise, there was an amusement park at the top. The view from Monte Igueldo was far superior than the one from Monte Urgull. It was breathtaking, and I still consider it the highlight of our trip.
We spent the rest of the day walking around and enjoying the beach. The next morning, we decided to go watch the waves. The tide was very high and the waves would crash over the wall and shower innocent bystanders and cars. My friends and I decided it would be a good idea to go as close to where the waves hit as possibly, and we ended up returning to our hostel completely soaked. People on the street would point to us and laugh saying, “Chicas mojadas!”
The next day was our last day in San Sebastián, and we spent it mostly watching the waves and talking. Our time abroad was beginning to come to an end, and we wanted to take the time to sit back and admire the beauty around us. Spain is truly a beautiful country.
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<p>My name is Micky Ferguson and I am a rising junior at Claremont McKenna College studying Government and Philosophy. I am from Pasadena, California, which, in 2014, was named the Snobbiest City in America. But I will be the first to say that the people who conducted the survey were probably just jealous because they know that we are better than them. I have a passion for photography, video production, and puns. I love taking portrait photography, but I like taking candid photos more - I think that photos tell more of a story when they aren't posed.</p>