San Sebastián Vacation: Day 1

7:40am flight, which meant a 5:45am cab ride to the airport. God, I hate early mornings. We landed around 9:45am and took an hour-long bus ride from Bilbao to San Sebastián – it’s about 15 euros and make sure you have exact change.

I started getting concerned it was a bit rainy when the weather app on my iPhone had said it was going to be high 80s and sunny. Turns out – I had entered the wrong San Sebastián city! Dios mio. We’re in Basque country, people, which meant unpredictable weather… but really good food. At least that’s what the hotel receptionist told me once we arrived.

Since we couldn’t check into the hotel until 3pm, we had a pintxo lunch at Morgan, which was recommended by the hotel receptionist for having a few vegetarian options. Good food – but not mind-blowing.

After that, we walked around the Old Town and Marina.

Once we checked in, we walked up to Monte Urgull to see a view of the city. When you walk up to the top, there are low castle walls and a big statue of Christ. Take the path from Plaza de Zuloaga or from behind the aquarium. There’s also a small museum on the city’s history – Mirando a San Sebastián – but it closed at 8pm sharp and we missed it by a minute.

We finished the night with a dinner at Bodegón Alejandro, which was written about in NYT. It was good – but again, not mind-blowing. One of the waitresses must’ve been a newbie because she couldn’t figure out how to open the wine bottle and ended up slicing her finger.

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