Friday, I went to San Roman, the school I help out at once a month. It is so tiny, but it is a gorgeous town. This time I was prepared and brought my camera. Last time, Javier told me the next time I came to San Roman we would all go on a walk through the town so I could see it all. At recess, the kids were playing a game and asked me if I knew it. I said I had never heard of the title, but that we had an identical game called, “Red Light, Green Light”. BLAST FROM THE PAST. I think the last time I played that game was when I was in elementary school at Shaker Road. I didn’t need to teach them the entire game, just how to say the words differently. They loved it! We played for about 15 minutes, Javier included! Then, afterwards we all went on a walk through the town. I took so many pictures. I can’t describe how incredibly beautiful this town is. I wish I could see it more than once a month, especially because the kids are SO adorable. I’m disappointed because the next scheduled day at San Roman is the 23rd of December and I’ll be on a plane to the U.S.
Saturday during the day we went to Judith’s house to make a Spanish pastry called Rosquillas. They are basically doughnuts, but they have a lemony flavor to them. Vega dunked her hands in the bag of flour and put it on the dough. She was hilarious. It was a group effort, but they turned out great. One was in the shape of a heart. However, we had to leave directly after because we decided to take a mini-trip to San Sebastian!
San Sebastian is about two hours north of us in the Basque Country. Jessie, her friend Jamie who is visiting from the U.S., Shana and I stayed overnight in San Sebastian. It is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen. In the Basque Country, they have their own language that is not even the slightest bit close to Spanish or any other language on the planet to be honest. I could see a sign that means "watch out for the falling rocks" and think, "hey let's take this shortcut, this looks good". I have no idea what any of it means. The great thing was that my roommate Shana knows the man that works in a hostel in San Sebastian. It was ranked as one of the best hostels in San Sebastian, number two I believe. It was so small and quaint! Matt the hostel employee welcomed us and showed us where we’d be staying. He’s an Aussie. While we were there we met a bunch of American and British runners who were running in a marathon the next day. We also met a girl from New Zealand who is traveling the world; mainly for surfing purposes and San Sebastian has a great surfing area. The proprietor, Rafael gave us fresh oranges his mother-in-law had picked that morning. Basically, we really lucked out. We went out that night with Matt and Niccola, the girl from New Zealand. Matt showed us all the good places. It was a lot of fun. The next morning, we began to tour the city. Matt showed us a place near the hostel that serves great tortilla con patatas and it really was delicious! Matt was more or less our tour guide for the morning/early-afternoon. We met up with Melissa, Adrian and two of his friends around 1ish. They were hungry and wanted some tapas. Matt showed us a great area and the tapas were AMAZING!!!! Believe it or not, there was a tapa made with KANGAROO meat. Shana ordered the tapa and we all tried it. I was extremely nervous…but it wasn’t bad and now I can say I’ve tried kangaroo. After, we meandered through the city, went into a few stores and I bought two scarves, shocker. I just couldn’t resist. In my defense, I WASN’T THE ONLY ONE! We had an incredible day and finished it with more food.
Shana, Jamie, Jessie and I had to catch a bus that evening to head back to Logroño, so we headed back to the hostel to say goodbye to Matt. He joked saying, maybe if you miss your bus you’ll come back to stay another night! Of course we laughed thinking it was a joke…however, it almost became a reality. We had underestimated the time it took to walk to the bus station and full out sprinted for 10 straight minutes. We made it onto the bus barely breathing. Despite the madness, this weekend was fantastic in every sense of the word and I know we plan on visiting San Sebastian again in the future.