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Ahh this is the South of France that we had hoped for! A clear blue sky with only the occasional white cloud scudding across . We set out , this time intent on a train journey, to Hendaye, a little town on the French /Spanish border for a day at the beach.
Arriving at the station we purchase our tickets in a hurry noting from the information board that, the train to Hendaye will be a platform two NOW! We dash on glad to have caught it and settle down. As the train moves on, ...
Leaving Madrid to head toward the north coast of Spain we
thought we had encountered the worst of the hills, but no, the van was
confronted again and again with further climbs all of which caused it to
struggle and meant that we were often pulling into the side to let those cars
behind us pass. The scenery was much the
same as the trip into Madrid, very harsh and although I looked everywhere not
once did I see a house that even vaguely resembled ...
... and giggling and taking silly photos one of which is the very lame selfie where I'm trying to work out how to take it! Being in Biarritz was different to the rest of France. The streets are still complicated as well as the language but it was very beautiful and had a relaxing vibe. Two weeks after we left we heard the women's Roxy pro surf competition was cancelled from no waves! I was so sad to say goodbye to France for now but very excited to check our Spain - our next stop San Sebastian.
... 1.5 Kms in to Roncevalles was down hill. We had completed the first stage!
The Albergue was huge and recently built. The two intake volunteers (Hans and Will) were Dutch 60 years old gentleman who volunteered each year for two weeks. We hit it off famously as they explained the house rules. The place was very busy with Pilgrims coming in. Some were coming in on the bus and some finishing their exhausting trek over the ...
... again in order to see the sun rise, but we'll see how well that goes. Anyway, the bus ride was around 3 hours so I did nap on and off on the way there. Sleeping on buses and planes is probably one of the most uncomfortable things to have to do, but you manage over time. My host mom packed me a lunch so the only money I spent today was on a boat ride and gelato which was queso and blueberry flavored. I know those of you who actually know Spanish are ...