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Capbreton, San Sebastian, Pamplona, Sardinia.

on July 14, 2015

Hi we’ve been on the road for a week now. So far we have stayed at Capbreton. We didn’t do much, we went to the beach and had dinner right by the water. Then we went to San Sebastian and we stayed at the worst and stinkiest hotel ever. It was in the old part of San Sebastian and I don’t ever want to stay there ever again. It smelled old, like a yucky grandma and vomit. It was noisy outside because there were so many people partying.

After San Sebastian, we drove to Pamplona for the San Fermin Festival. San Fermin festival is the Running of the Bulls. It’s similar to Fête de Bayonne. Everyone wears white and red. We woke up at 5.45 in the morning and walked to the arena to watch the bull runners run into the arena. The running of the bulls starts at 8.00am each morning. They run for a kilometre towards the arena. We arrived at the arena at 6.30. The band came on to entertain the crowd and then the paramedics walked in. When they walked in, everybody cheers. Before the run, they put pictures of the bulls on the big screen with their names and weight. The heaviest bull was 600 kg! There was a countdown when the runners start to run. We watched the runners on the big screen and they came in just after 8.00am. When they come in, some jump over the fence and some stay in the arena because the ones that jump over the fence are scaredy cats and they don’t want to fight with the bulls. The brave ones stay and they release a bull one at a time and sometimes, two at a time. It was awesome and Cohen and Dad were being smart arses because they were clapping for the bulls. I wasn’t happy when I found out that at the end of the festival, they kill 13 of the bulls. I don’t think they should kill them because it’s cruel.

After the running of the bulls, we drove to Barcelona and caught a cruise ship to Sardinia. Sardinia is an island in Italy. So far we have hung out at the beach and there is this awesome hotel called Buddi Hotel. This morning I had a surf with dad and caught a couple of waves and the waves were really gutless. There was almost no waves. I think it is because there is no wind and we are at the Mediterranean Sea. The owner of the hotel is Francesco and he is really nice and the food is delicious. My favourite food is the seafood risotto.

Over the last three days we’ve been to three different beaches. We drove to La Pelosa beach, just past Stintino. Cohen couldn’t swim because he had a rash on his doodle. I went swimming with my sister Tahina and swam out to the buoy. The water was crystal clear.

The next day we drove to Castelsardo and swam between the rocks. We jumped off rocks and dove into the Mediterranean sea. We also went snorkelling and looked for dead sea urchins. We had a picnic on the rocks and ate roast chicken rolls. Castelsardo was really cool but I have tonnes of cuts from the rocks and reef.

Yesterday we drove 2 1/2 hours south to a beach called Cagliari. Cohen called it a waste of time because it was so hot, 36 degrees and the aircon in the car broke and we couldn’t find a hotel. We found a beach called BIkini beach but had to pay to sit on the beach. So we drove back to the other side of the island back to the same hotel, Buddi Hotel that we checked out of on the same day! Francesco kept laughing at us and he was really surprised to see us. Tahina and I played a trick on him and we walked in and said “We came back for the ravioli!”. Seriously, he has the best food. I like being back at this hotel because it is right across the road from the beach and Francesco is very nice.

Tonight we ate our last dinner at Francesco’s hotel. It was very delicious. I ate spaghetti with sea urchins. It tasted very seafoody and I really enjoyed it and ate all of it! I hope to come back to Sardinia and stay at Francesco’s hotel to see him.

Tomorrow we get back on the cruise ship to Barcelona. We are going to wake up at 5.30 in the morning. I’m looking forward to going back on the boat because it is going to be so much fun. The last time we were on it, it was night time and we didn’t get to see a lot of it.

In the middle of the San Fermin Festival, Pamplona, Spain.

In the middle of the San Fermin Festival, Pamplona, Spain.

There is a fake bull in our hotel Maisonnave!

There is a fake bull in our hotel Maisonnave!

The band to entertain the crowd before the bull runners run into the arena.

The band to entertain the crowd before the bull runners run into the arena.

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Our cruise ship from Barcelona to Porto Torres, Sardinia.

Our cruise ship from Barcelona to Porto Torres, Sardinia.

Trying to surf in Sardinia. The waves were tiny.

Trying to surf in Sardinia. The waves were tiny.

Looking for dead sea urchins at Castelsardo Beach.

Looking for dead sea urchins at Castelsardo Beach.

My little bubba Cohen and me eating our chicken rolls.

My little bubba Cohen and me eating our chicken rolls.

Me, Alexandra, Francesco, Cohen and Tahina.

Me, Alexandra, Francesco, Cohen and Tahina.

Eating my spaghetti with sea urchins - so yummy!

Eating my spaghetti with sea urchins – so yummy!

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