27.04.2011 - 27.04.2011 18 °C
We woke up in our dingy room this morning later than I would have liked, 8:15. We dressed and gathered our things and went to find breakfast at Paul's. We settled on a croissant, (best one so far) a jar of yogurt with berries and two espresso (brewed coffee is not an option in France, it simply doesn't exist). We took out loot to the park to eat in the sunshine. On our way back from breakfast we tried to get money out of the atm with our credit cards and it said (a few times) we had the wrong pin. We knew that it couldn't be the PIN numbers because we'd used them many times before.
We got back to the hotel and checked out, walked back to a cafe to update the blog, tried to get a hold of Visa numerous times. The pay phones in France are very difficult to use, even when you do finally give a number in the correct format you get the message "number not available in this region." Shane and I walked into a bank we had tried to use earlier and talked to two of the women working there, they didn't know what to do, so we tried the visa with them watching, OF COURSE IT WORKED. WHY WOULDN'T IT WORK?! We felt so dumb! We were able to take out money no problem! In our defense we had tried 3 separate time that morning. Oh well, live and learn.
We picked up some lunch, grabbed our bags and found our way to the train station. On our way through to the platform I couldn't resist buying an apricot tart to bring on the train. And it was SO good. I'm so glad I bought it, I'd been eyeing them up every time we went into a pastry shop for the last 9 days. It was perfect, tart apricots slightly sweetened with glaze on a flaky puff pastry crust.
We got into San Sebastian around four and found out pension (it's getting easier every time, thank goodness) which is amazing. If any of you ever come to San Sebastian we would highly recommend Pension La Perla. It's in a great location with rooms that are both simple and beautiful, plenty of windows an ensuite bathroom, there are even mini fridges in every room. I'm going to point out the fact that this is the largest shower we have seen so far and the only one that I haven't accidentally turned off with my butt while I was turning around.
When we first get into our rooms we always open the windows and this time the sound of Spanish music filled the room, as though they were serenading us down to the street. All around out room the streets are free of cars and people (a lot of them) cruise the shops for goods.
Across the street is a beautiful old church and after we had showered and unpacked a little we explored our area. Eventually we came across a supermarket filled with neat things. We bought some fresh squeezed orange juice and a container of yogurt for breakfast tomorrow. We also bought a 2 euro bottle of Spanish white wine and a bag of ham flavoured chips which we promptly devoured.
We came home to unload our goodies and I quickly booked our b&b in Rome (because we've got to keep on top of these things.) Dinner in Spain can't even be found before 7:30 so around 8:30 we walked to the old town. In this particular region of Spain (and the main reason we came here) dinner is eaten in pintxo bars, or in a tapas style. You order a drink and a few nibbles, chat a little, pay and move on to the next bar. It's a really fun way of doing things. Tonight there was a soccer game on between Madrid and Barcelona, arch nemesis in Spain, apparently this is a BIG thing. Madrid scored two goals while we were out, it was really neat to see (and hear) the streets erupt with cheers. We really enjoyed our dinner and as a bonus it was a very good value, 30 euros bought us 7 (!) drinks and dinner for two.