In May 2012, I worked as a Media Guide with Walking Tree Travel and spent a month traveling around Costa Rica with a group of high school students. In 2013, I was asked to be a Media Guide for the second year in a row to accompany a group of students on a three week hike in Spain. As a nature lover and outdoor enthusiast, I jumped at the opportunity. I had been to Spain twice before, but only very briefly both times, so I was stoked to spend some real time there.
We began our trip in Barcelona and continued north through the Basque Country (or ‘Euskadi’ if you ask them), an area that’s technically part of Spain, but doesn’t consider itself Spanish or French (and they speak a language called “Euskera”). We hiked anywhere from four to eight hours a day, and even covered a little bit of the Camino de Santiago. We hung out on the beaches of San Sebastian, went to the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, and ended up eating churros and watching flamenco in Madrid. It was a tough and challenging three weeks, but it was so much fun!