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Finding a lost love in San Sebastian

I recently rediscovered a passion for surfing while travelling and surfing in San Sebastian which I had previously lost.

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Stoke Travel San Sebastian Surf Camp

Have you ever been travelling and re-discovered a love for something that you hadn’t realised you had lost? Something that you had been so passionate about that you would do anything to get your next fix?

Stoke Travel San Sebastian Surf Camp

Growing up my life was all about surfing.

Every day after school I would beg my parents to drive me to the local beach for a wave. Once I had my own car all my spare time was spent along the coast.

My vocabulary actually consisted of very little apart from surfing terms. Sick, gnarly and stoked punctuated every sentence. Posters glittered on my bedroom walls and my hero’s were Patrick O’Connell and Robert “Wingnut” Weaver from the movie The Endless Summer II.

Unfortunately as with most things in life other priorities began to take over. I moved away from the beach for University, pursued other sports and started travelling. My passion for surfing slowly dwindled to the occasional chance when I would grab my board to re-spark that fire for a day or two.

For three years we have been travelling the world and in that time I have probably surfed no more than 10 days in total.

Until now. Over the last week we have been staying at the Stoke Travel San Sebastian Surf Camp in the northwest of Spain. It has been here that I have rediscovered that lost love.

Surfing in San Sebastian, Stoke Travel

Adela surfing in San Sebastian

Every day since we arrived I have been pursuing that perfect wave that every surfer seeks.

I have been pursuing the feelings that only a surfer can understand. No other sports, adventures or activities can come close to producing the feelings that surfing can. Even if you are having the worst day in the world and then surfing will always relax and reinvigorated you.

There is just something about surfing that always makes me happy.

Sitting on my board gazing towards the horizon watching as the swell lines slowly pulse towards the shore. Each wave begins to take shape as the swell pushes against the sea floor bringing a rush of adrenaline into my muscles. Holding my breath as I flick the surfboard around and begin to paddle as the wave rises beneath me.

Springing to my feet I can feel the raw power of the sea as I glide down the waves face.

White water crashes behind my surfboard fins, spitting and sucking at me trying to pull me under. Even as I pull off the wave as it closes out around me I find a grin plastered across my face. It’s all I can do not to run up and down the beach skipping like a madman after each wave.

Stoke Travel San Sebastian Surf Camp

Rediscovering my passion for surfing over the last week has made me realise that I don’t want to lose this feeling. This is my vow to make sure I continue to travel for the things I love.

Have you recently re-discovered something that you used to love? Tell us below.

Disclaimer: Stoke Travel have been helping me re-discover that lost love at their San Sebastian Surf Camp. However, as always our thoughts are our own.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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25 Comments

  1. Laurence

    July 24, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    I haven’t recently rediscovered anything, but I too used to spend a lot of time in the sea, canoe surfing the reef waves on the island I grew up on. I also used to sail a lot, and not too long ago I had a blast learning to windsurf. I should try doing those again… I just need to find some tropical beaches as I’m not a fan of the cooler waters around here…

  2. Tim @ Marginal Boundaries

    July 25, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    My brother is a huge surfing nut, but I have to admit I’ve never gotten into it 🙂 I’d like to try one day….stories like this give me motivation. But while I live near the beach (Cancun) there’s not much in the way of breaks for surfing here, so maybe in the next destination I head to!

    Hiking, trekking and camping, on the other hand…that’s something I love sinking my teeth into :)Give me a chance to head off into the wilderness for a couple of weeks and I’m there!

  3. Christy @ Technosyncratic

    July 25, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    I tried surfing once and it was intense!! Granted, I was on the Oregon Coast… and even wearing a full wetsuit I still couldn’t feel my legs. I’d love to try it again in warmer water, and with a lesson or ten. 🙂

  4. Jeremy Branham

    July 26, 2012 at 7:42 AM

    I’ve never surfed once in my entire life. However, I do understand. Growing up, I loved college football. It’s one of the MANY reasons I love Autumn. However, it only dawned on me last year to put my two greatest passions together – sports and travel. Last year, the College Football Travel Tour was born combining the world of sports AND travel. I only wish I had done this sooner.

  5. Ali

    July 26, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    I’m glad you rediscovered your passion for surfing. For me I think traveling just reminded me how much I love to travel. I went 8 years in my 20s without leaving the country, and when I finally decided to plan a trip to Greece I wondered what I had been waiting for. It snowballed from there, and now I can’t get enough.

  6. Turtle

    July 26, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    I can see how surfing would stay in your blood (and water) for life.
    For me, I’m looking forward to reconnecting with my love of having spare time 🙂

  7. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    July 26, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    We’re stoked for you, dude! Rad post!

  8. jade

    July 27, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    I love surfing too, and it is easy to forget the love when you haven’t been on a board in a long time. something about the surge of the waves and the energy is so powerful!

  9. Stephanie - The Travel Chica

    July 27, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    I am not that into surfing, but someone who is told me to Watch Endless Summer. Great film, but I suck at surfing 🙂

  10. Bret@ Green Global Travel

    July 28, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    Never been surfing, but have a great respect for the sport and LOVE photographing surfers. So excited for you that you were able to reconnect with your long-lost love. i kind of feel the same way about playing music, which I haven’t done since I gave up performing improv last year. I definitely miss it.

  11. Jess | GlobetrotterGirls

    July 29, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    We haven’t rediscovered things as much as discovered for the first time all the amazing things there are to see and do around the world. Neither of us has the nerve to get up on a surfboard, though. I’d like to keep that as a romantic vision watching others rather than a crashing, too much sea water up the nose personal experience 🙂

  12. Spencer

    July 30, 2012 at 5:34 AM

    I love San Sebastian! The two beaches there are fantastic and the alleyways of the old town are fascinating.

  13. Tom

    July 30, 2012 at 7:35 AM

    Beautifully written, Cole – and awesome to hear you’ve rekindled a passion from your youth. Some day way into the future I plan on doing the same thing with Lego 😉

  14. Flora

    August 2, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Awesome post! I recently taught some impromptu English classes at a village school in Thailand and they handed me a guitar to play some songs to help the teaching along. When I saw how much the kids loved the music element to their class, it brought back all my memories of teaching myself to play guitar years ago. Now I’m resolved to start playing again when I get back home – all thanks to those kids 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      August 4, 2012 at 9:02 AM

      That’s such a fantastic story Flora! So glad you are going to start playing music again. Really need to pick up a guitar one day and start learning as well.

  15. Alexandra

    August 11, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Born and raised in Maui and I don’t surf! Blasphemy I know! One of these days I will concur my fears and get my ass on a board! Glad to see you rediscovered your love!

    Aloha

    • Cole Burmester

      August 13, 2012 at 1:03 PM

      That is blasphemy! Would love to surf in Hawaii but would have to be on a small day than some of the videos I have seen 🙂

  16. Michal_Wroclaw_Guide

    August 13, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Hi, It’s great that you like San Sebastian, as it will be The European Capital of Culture in 2016 as well as Wroclaw in Poland. See you in Wroclaw:)

    greetings Michal:)

    • Cole Burmester

      August 14, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      We will definitely visit you in Wroclaw in the near future Michal!

  17. Michal_Wroclaw_guide

    August 14, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    See you in Wroclaw:))

    best regards

    Michal

  18. Aggy

    September 17, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Wow nice article! Never surfed before but always wish I could…maybe one of these days I should! I found my lost love for dancing in Bali, I used to dance Balinese when I was a kid then stopped in high school. Being in Bali this summer made me realised how much I miss it!

    • Cole Burmester

      September 18, 2012 at 6:01 PM

      That is so cool that you re-found Balinese dance! Hope you find a way to keep doing it when you return home 🙂

  19. Charu

    September 17, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    We love windsurfing (not plain surfing) and recently found it during our adventures in Aruba. Love this post! Kudos to you for going with your passions…

    • Cole Burmester

      September 18, 2012 at 6:02 PM

      I used to try wind surfing but was never that good. Always wanted to try kite surfing too! Something I need to follow up on 🙂

  20. Mary @ Green Global Travel

    September 21, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    You describe your passion for surfing beautifully. While we’re not surfers, we do have a passion for water- ocean, lake, river. Being around water give us peace and rejuvenates us. Thanks for sharing your story of re-discovering a lost love 🙂

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Explore Auckland’s Coasts With One Exquisite Walking Hike

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There is a wonderful place found in the far southwest of the Pacific Ocean. It is a place called Auckland, and it is found in the amazing terrain of New Zealand. It is a place that commands the attention of over 1 million people who prefer to live and reside in this majestic city.

Did you know that Auckland claims the top spot in New Zealand with its wide range of people and the most concentrated number of people within a city in New Zealand?

But why do so many people come to Auckland, New Zealand, and live there? What do they appreciate the most?

The truth is that the answer may vary, and it may differ from person to person, but it is hard to deny that nature is not a crucial part of their decision making. The beautiful city has fantastic places that offer great adventure and recreational activity.

You can take advantage of the diverse coasts, hidden coves, and more of the northern area in the North Island. It is known for its various boats, and some believe that it has more ships than any other city in the entire world.

It is a city that resides between two large fantastic natural harbors.

Let us find out more about how you can explore this majestic city with one fantastic walking hike.

The Auckland Coast

For those who want to stay near to Auckland’s city and travel well, it is necessary to start your journey with the Auckland Coast’s breathtaking area.

Did you know that Auckland’s coast ranges over 15km, will take over four hours to traverse, and is somewhat challenging to navigate? But the truth is that it is worth it. Why is it worth it? Well, you can seemingly walk the length of an entire nation within the span of a few hours. If you wake up early in the morning and go on this journey, you can finish your hike by noon or an hour past noon.

But in that brief timeframe, you can experience several oceans, notice a slew of volcanoes, and have a glimpse into people’s regular lives in the New Zealand area.

This fantastic walk is excellent because of its duration and because you are able to experience lush greenery and park settings over 30% of the time. It is a great way to clear your head, get to know more about the people you are traveling with, and experience the refreshing Auckland air.

Experts suggest beginning your journey at the less intriguing Onehunga area and then moving forward with public transportation at the Britomart stop. You will find that you can travel east to take in the water sights with a bit of work.

When your walk is over, you can grab a fresh beverage at the Waitemata Harbour, a premium harbor.

You will want to make sure to bring some healthy snacks along for the walk because you may not notice different places to eat as you go on this part of the hike.

It is best to ensure that you understand that you must input the Ferry Building into your mobile device or ensure to use the local municipal iSITE for further guidance.

If you are limited on time, I would suggest that you go on this route because it lets you take in the entire area and understand this excellent place.

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Hiking Adventures in Bryce Canyon National Park

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If you are on the lookout for the perfect environment for an adventurous and challenging hike, look no further. Located in the Southern Utah region is the best park that is most suitable for your hiking adventure, the Bryce Canyon National Park. This is a great option to relaxed after you are through playing in $5 minimum deposit casinos.

This park hosts hike lovers from time to time and people even come from other countries in the world to experience the wonder of this park. The landscape and beautiful trails make this a choice venue. There is a rental service at this location if you love to stay behind.

You can enjoy the priceless glimpse of the sunrise and sunset from the different landscape. The part also permits visitors to create traditional camps at different locations for a more adventurous experience.

There are a couple of trails that you can choose from for your hiking adventure, and no matter your level of experience in hiking, you will find a track that matches your taste. Even if you are totally new to hiking, there is something for you at the Bryce Canyon National Park . Below is a list of some of the trails to try when you take a trip to this park.

The Rim Trail

This is the most accessible trail at Bryce Canyon National Park. It is suitable for those who just want to have a good time walking around and savoring the magnificent scenery of the park. From any part of the park, you can connect to this trail as it goes all the way around the park.

When lodging at the Bryce Canyon Lodge, it is a good idea to start your hike from the place known as the sunrise point. Just as the name implies, if you wake up early to start your walk, you’ll be able to watch the sunrise. If you have a camera with you, you’ll take some fantastic pictures.

Also, you’ll get a clear view of the Bryce amphitheater from this point. Just like in an adventure movie, you have to find a way to link up to boat Mesa, and on your way, you walk through some sites like the Mormon temple and Queen garden. This hiking trail is easy, and all you have to deal with is a total of approximately 200 feet elevation. You will surely have a nice time on this trail.

Navajo Loop Trail

On the order of difficulty, this trail comes next after the rim trail. The starting point of this trail begins from the sunset point around the southern area of the Bryce Canyon Lodge. Just like for the rim trail, the trail presents a nice view of the sunset, and with a good camera, you’ll be able to take exciting photo shoots.

Walking this route involves a visit to the Silent City, which is an aesthetic combination of limestone and urban expansion. During the hike, you will also walk through Wall Street, which happens to be a distinctive attraction at the Bryce Canyon park. You won’t ever want to miss the narrow walls. From this point, you may decide to go back to the sunset point or take other shorter hikes like the Peekaboo loop trail and Queen garden trail. Both routes are challenging and adventurous, but you will enjoy every bit of the challenge. After you have done this, you can then go ahead to have some fun in a $5 minimum deposit casino.

Mossy Cave Trail

This Trail presents an entirely different sight than the one that we have previously mentioned. From this trail, you will be able to catch the view of the towers in the park nearby without descending to the amphitheater. This hiking course begins at approximately 4 miles from the entrance to the Bryce Canyon park. However, if you visit this park and would like to enjoy something completely different from the other common tracks, then this is an exciting hiking trail for you to try.

Hiking is more than a walk, it is a fun and adventurous experience. All trails at the Bryce Canyon National Park are worth trying on your next visit. Whether you seek to have some fun or you just want to catch some beautiful scenery and feel close to nature, you will find the right place that suits you. Get ready to have an amazing hiking experience.

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Walking the Camino de Santiago Photos

These are my favourite Camino de Santiago Photos from my pilgrimage along the French Way in March. A truly beautiful way to spend a few weeks.

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Puenta La Reina Bridge Camino Arrow

El Camino de Santiago kicked my ass. Well technically it kicked my feet. Turns out my minimal preparation for the Camino de Santiago was terrible. After a miserable effort of only 4 days, the doctor in Legrono told me that I wasn’t allowed to go on until me feet healed. I had walked just over 100 km’s and my feet were bloodied and blistered.

To be honest, I was relieved.

The thought of putting back on my shoes made my shudder. For the last 9 km’s I had stumbled along in jandals and socks. One of the travelling fashion sins I vowed I would never break.

Jandals on the Camino de Santiago

Jandals on the Camino de Santiago

So while I have unfinished business with the Way of St James (an upcoming post), I did want to share with you some of my favourite photos from the Camino de Santiago. Because I had yet to reach some of the more “unsavoury” parts of the Camino that Sherry Ott had discovered, every step of my pilgrimage had been beautiful.

Puenta La Reina Bridge Camino Arrow

Puenta La Reina Bridge – Camino de Santiago Arrows

There is no way you can get lost on the Camino de Santiago. Arrows, scallop shells and signs point you in the right direction at every bridge, road crossing and intersection.

Camino de Santiago Scallop Shell

Camino de Santiago Scallop Shell

Reaching the top of Alto Pedron gave views back the way I had come from Pamplona, as well as views to where I was going. The rocky path on the way down proved to be my ultimate downfall, as my too small shoes caused my toes to smash into the front.

Alto del Pedron Camino de Santiago

Alto del Pedron Camino de Santiago

Metal Pilgrims on Alto del Pedron

Metal Pilgrims on Alto del Pedron

There were so many beautiful old churches along the Camino de Santiago. But since I was walking in early March, it seemed that most were yet to open for the busier summer season.

Church of Obanos

The Church of Obanos

And between every small village the well-maintained pathways of the French Way wound across the spectacular Spanish countryside.

The French Way - Camino de Santiago

The French Way – Camino de Santiago Photos

Puenta La Reina

Puenta La Reina in the evening

Puenta La Reina has one of the most amazing bridges I have ever seen. It was also the 1st village I had the pleasure of sleeping in after busy Pamplona.

Puenta la Reina Bridge and Sunrise

Puenta la Reina Bridge at sunrise

Most mornings I was up and walking before the sun began to sprinkle across the horizon.

Spring flowers on the Camino de Santiago

Spring flowers on the Camino de Santiago

Pilgrims approaching Cirauqui, Spain

Pilgrims approaching Cirauqui, Spain

Every village and town was built on a small hill. Sure it looks beautiful until you realise you have to go back up again to go through them all!

Church of Santa Maria - Los Arcos

Church of Santa Maria in Los Arcos

While there were only about 20 pilgrims walking each section every day, it wasn’t uncommon for you to encounter them all. The people I met along the Camino de Santiago were some of the most inspiring and remarkable people I have ever spoken to. They are the ones that make the pilrgimage so special.

The endless French Way

The endless French Way

Irache Wine Fountain - Fuente del Vino

The free flowing Irache Wine Fountain or “Fuente del Vino”

Hay bales along the French Way

Hay bales along the French Way

Every village had at least one ancient church and it wasn’t uncommon to find them dotting the landscape in remote locations either.

Ermita de San Miguel

Ermita de San Miguel

Iglesia de San Andrés de Zariquiegui Church

Iglesia de San Andrés de Zariquiegui Church

I have travelled through Spain in the past, including cycling in Costa Brava and surfing in San Sebastian with both independent planning and a vacation planner. But having the opportunity to walk at my own pace through some of the most beautiful scenery in Spain on the Camino de Santiago has so far topped them all.

Natural arches - Camino de Santiago

Natural arches on the Camino de Santiago

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