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Santander in Spain, via Pamplona – Day 7
Sunday 19th July 2009 – Spain
Today was my first border crossing, from France to Spain. I wanted to make sure i had all the correct documentation and ID that was needed to cross the border. I decided to go to a place called Pamplona as my guide book said it was a nice laid back place with a lovely backdrop of Pyrenees Mountains. It sounded ideal, so off i set.
While driving i knew that the border crossing was close, but when i noticed a road sign in another language other than French, i knew i had already passed over the border. So, no passport checks, documentation checks or any checks at all. I don’t know if i was pleased or a little disappointed. Anyway, i was in Spain nonetheless.
Just after entering Spain i came to a small town, but didn’t make a note of what it was called. Cars were parking nose to tail on the edge of the road a good distance away from the town, and all the way up to the town, through the town and all the way out of town. As i drove on, it was clear that something big was going on that day. There were hundreds of people, all lining the streets. Police were waving cars through so i couldn’t stop anywhere, and i could only drive on through and out the other side. I never found out what was going on but it must have been a parade of some sort. It looked fun whatever it was.
Anyway, on towards Pamplona. Upon arrival i immediately thought how busy and unexciting the place looked. There was no Pyrenees backdrop and i couldn’t find the Information place. So after much driving around in circles i decided to leave and head onwards.
First stop was San Sebastian. I remembered being here before when i was younger, or at least i thought i had. It was a very big and busy place and i just drove on through. I approached Bilbao, and noticed how industrial it looked, with cranes and high rise buildings towering above everything. It wasn’t my cup of tea, and i really wanted a cup of tea at this point. The views along the coastline looked incredible though, the sea and the beaches were really nice all along the Northern Coastline.
I eventually ended up in a place called Somo in Santander. My sat nav told me there was a campsite here, so it was worth a look. It was right. At the campsite, there was a beautiful girl at the reception desk, and took my breath away momentarily, which didn’t help when i now had to try my Spanish. As you could probably guess i took a nose dive. The girl didn’t understand me very well, and didn’t speak any English, so it was a game of charades in the end. We got there in the end though, and as we walked out to see where i should go, i managed to walk into the door, then trip down the step which seemed to put a smile on the girls face, and a little bit of red onto mine.
The camping pitch was fairly nice, and i took this opportunity to phone home for the first time and touch base. It was good to hear familiar voices again. I set the tent up and headed into town for the evening. It was still so hot even in the evening.
The town itself was great, i really liked it. It had that seaside feel to it, and the place was buzzing, but not in an over-bearing way, in a fun way. I had a small meal in a restaurant, with some very friendly and helpful waiters, as my Spanish is very pants. As i sat i couldn’t help but smile as people walked by having fun. I grabbed my bag and took to the streets to try and soak up some of the atmosphere. Shops and restaurants were filled with people, and some people were dancing on the streets, it was great to see.
I headed for the beach and was surprised to see two very hot and very curvy women showering naked on the beach, i didn’t know where to look, Ahem!! Did i mention i really like this place?
I walked further round after a minute or 10, and found a nice place to sit and watch the world go by. Some people were playing football on the beach, others were just having fun. It is a really nice beach and i liked it a lot. I had a walk around some of the souvenir shops and along the docks, and then headed back to the FREE car park, back to my car, and made for the campsite. I was pretty tired by this point.
Somo is a cool place.
Written by Daniel Stevens,
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