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A Week in San Sebastian and Barcelona

I’ve just spent the last week partying and pintxoing my way through San Sebastian and Barcelona. It’s been so much fun. When you’ve been travelling on your own for so long, over a year, like I have its great to have some company, and even to have a holiday as a holiday, rather than backpacking and thinking of the trip as another stop in a long line.
You could see this as going against everything gapyear.com should be, but I think not. I’ve done exactly as I wanted every day, spent 3 nights in a horrible hostel in San Sebastian before going to stay with my bro in Barcelona and I’ve met loads of new and cool people along the way.
I love both San Sebastian and Barcelona. I’m writing an article at the moment about why you should include Barcelona on your gap year, especially if you’re Interrailing. And I could definitely do one for San Sebastian too.
Both are just so much fun, with really cool people and good vibes. The nightlife is crazy – in fact it doesn’t even get started until 3am in San Seb. We were wandering around the city asking ‘Donde est la fiesta’ at 9pm, only to realise it didn’t start until at least midnight. So, much fun.
Barcelona is a really cool city and a great price I thought too. There’s loads to do for free, or at least very cheap. There’s the beach, the Barrio Gothic area, the Montjuic Fountains, and if you have a few euros there’s the street where all the pintxos are €1 – oh my god they were delicious and the Sangria wasn’t too bad either.
I had more than a few jugs. My two weeks in Spain have been brilliant – I went to the Bilbao BBK Live Festival before, which I’ll write about soon – I’ve done Bilbao > San Sebastian > Barcelona. I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Spain now in total, and I’ll definitely be back for more. Just need to master the language!
So next up on my Interrailing adventure – France. I’ll be going from Toulouse to Lyon to Paris and then onto Luxembourg. I’ll let you know how I get on…

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