San Sebastian, Spain (Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014)
Now in their sixth day in Spain, the BYU women's basketball team left Bilbao in the morning and traveled by bus about 90-minutes away to do some sightseeing in San Sebastian. The Cougar women are scheduled to play a game vs. National Team Pais Basque there Thursday night.
The day as seen by Savannah Irwin
How was the bus ride to San Sebastian?
The view from the bus was breathtaking!! For miles (or rather, kilometers) all you could see was lush greenery, foliage on rolling hills until suddenly a tiny town with high-rise buildings in orange, green or another bright color would appear out of nowhere. It was something else.
What did you see along the way?
I saw many vibrant buildings and high-rises and tons of trees and greenery. Along the way, I talked with everyone sitting around me and enjoyed some laughs.
What did you see in San Sebastian that you liked or disliked?
The best part of the entire day was when we first arrived in San Sebastian and went to an overlook which had a tiny amusement park and fantastic view of the entire city. You could see everything from there. Several of us got to enjoy the bumper cars at the amusement park and that was so fun.
What about lunch and dinner?
I actually ended up eating lunch and dinner at the same place and ordered an old reliable pizza. However, the kind of pizza was something I’d never had outside of Spain. It had spinach, bacon, onion and cream on it. It was delicious!
What customs have you observed, how are the Spanish people?
Smoking is definitely way more common in Spain. Almost everyone outside, young and old do it. The people overall have been very kind and patient. They listen to my broken Spanish and try to help me the best they can. Also, tipping in Spain is optional, although we still do it.
Have you been able to do some shopping, got any souvenirs?
I got some bracelets for my family and me that say “San Sebastian” on them. Also, while we were on the beach, I collected seashells and filled a cup with sand that I’ll put in a glass bottle and keep as a souvenir. I also bought some clothes because my luggage was lost and won’t be here until tomorrow.
What else did you do today?
Going to the beach was definitely an awesome experience. The water was beautiful and just warm enough to enjoy the time there even thought the sun was hiding. The only complaint I have, which is a silly one to say the least, was that there was only a short board for Maddy to teach me to surf on. On the bus ride back to Bilbao and our hotel, several of my teammates and coaches, including our associate athletic director Brian Santiago, entertained us with some karaoke.