Wednesday, 3 November 2010
Basquing in San Sebastian
It rained quite a bit on our day in San Sebastian, so we didn't really see the summer party town. But we did enjoy our walk (and the wind comb in particular) and I became quite proficient at saying 'thank you' in Basque – which is 'Eskerrik Asko'.
We are learning to eat differently in Spain – the main meal is typically at lunch time (~2pm), with tapas style dinner starting late (~8pm). Most of the shops and many attractions close between about 2 and 4 for siesta, which should make the next few weeks interesting. Our lunch in San Sebastian was 'the menu of the day' – a three course meal which included a bottle of wine between the five of us. We had a choice for each course – I had paella (because, well, I'm in Spain), stuffed capsicums, and rice pudding (yum).
The wine in Spain is so far very good and really cheap. A glass of very passable red (often temperanillo) in a bar is around 1.5 Euro!