Spain, Walking Tree Travel

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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!

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Looking over Barcelona from Park Güell (the work of Gaudi)

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Fresh fruit stall in the Las Ramblas market

WTT leaders Jonathan and Garaci

WTT leaders Jonathan and Garaci

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pure, fresh fruit smoothies

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fresh fish stall (she doesn’t look so happy does she?!)

Ciutadella Park

Ciutadella Park

Group shot at Ciutadella Park

Group shot at Ciutadella Park

Sagrada Familia, designed by Gaudi, isn't expected to be finished until 2026

Sagrada Familia, designed by Gaudi, isn’t expected to be finished until 2026

Group leader Garaci and Topher figuring out which way the trail goes

Group leader Garaci and Topher figuring out which way the trail goes

Rachel, Abigail and Topher take a break at the top of the hill

Rachel, Abigail and Topher take a break at the top of the hill

Our first rest stop in the Basque country was a beautiful town called Zugarramurdi

Our first rest stop in the Basque country was a beautiful town called Zugarramurdi

The Basque country is beautiful

The Basque country is beautiful

 

Jacqueline takes a break after two hours of an uphill climb

Jacqueline takes a break after two hours of an uphill climb

Almost to the border of France!

Almost to the border of France!

The shell is the symbol of the Camino de Santiago

The shell is the symbol of the Camino de Santiago

 

Following the Camino de Santiago

Following the Camino de Santiago

A specialty in Spain is "Calamares en su tinta" - squids cooked in their own ink

A specialty in Spain is “Calamares en su tinta” – squids cooked in their own ink

View over San Sebastian

View over San Sebastian

"El Bosque Pintado" - The painted forest

“El Bosque Pintado” – The painted forest

A beautiful sunset welcomed us to Madrid

A beautiful sunset welcomed us to Madrid

Churros and Chocolate - another type of deliciousness in Spain

Churros and Chocolate – another type of deliciousness in Spain

 

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