Approaching the top of the first hill and I’m stunned by the beauty of this place, the water is so clear and a brilliant blue, the cliffs and little islands are just stunning. I’ve only taken a few steps off the bus and up a little hill but I’m already amazed by this place and all that it may have to hold.
My fellow English friend was in charge of today’s day trip, and so it was decided that we were to take the bus to San Juan de gaztelugatxe, a tiny island in the beautiful Basque Country, only accessible by foot. The instructions to get to the island were a little sketchy and consisted of: “when you get off the bus turn right and keep walking until you get there,” or something like that, so obviously none of us were prepared for the amount of walking that we were about to do.
You see to reach San Juan de gaztelugatxe (I know, such a mouthful!) you have to follow a winding somewhat never ending road up, up and up some more into the hills. It’s a good hours walk almost ALL uphill, definitely not for the fainthearted. It’s beautiful, don’t get me wrong, you have the view over the sea, the golden sand beach, the tree tops and far into the distance the church which sits proudly on top of the island.
Walking along the road with the sun beating down and the sound of waves crashing against the tiny islands, I’m reminded of just how lucky I really am to be here in Spain. When I was asked a few months ago if I was excited about moving to Spain, my honest reaction was “no, no I am not.” I wanted my degree to be over just like most of my friends who graduated this year, but now I’ve finally come to realise that in fact I’m the lucky one, okay I have to study, but I get to visit places like this at the weekend, I get the sunshine, the beach and small city Spanish life.
I’m left asking myself the same question over and over again…”Why is my life so awesome?” Because right now it truly is! Of course I miss my family and my closest friends, but at the same time, I’m living so many new experiences that my heart feels like it may explode.
But anyway, the view on the walk up was outstanding, I’ve never seen anything like it. It felt so good to get out of the city and into the countryside because after all, that’s where I’m from. After you’ve walked uphill for what seems like forever that’s when the views get even more amazing…
To me it really feels like one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen, I’ve done my fair share of walking and had some amazing views, but I think it’s the combination of the colours of the sea, the fresh breeze and the scenery that make this place extra special, and the fact that it takes effort to see it. It’s a sense of achievement, like a reward for the walk.
Today was a day to remember, a spectacular place, one that is worth the effort, and the memories of it will be staying with me for quite sometime, that and the sunburn that I got!
Here’s one more photo because I just can’t get over this place, the sounds, the views, the smells and the company, seriously no other way I would have wanted to spend my Saturday.
Happy Weekend everyone!