Reasons to Be Cheerful - Travelling Without Flying

I had to fly between New Zealand and the UK, but when I was in Europe I was able to take public transport and travel surface. I took the train from London to Dorset and on to Hampshire, where I boarded a ferry that takes a day to sail to Spain.

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In Santander I got a couple of buses to take me to Hondarribia, where I was working for a couple of weeks on my books (see earlier posts on A Basque Diary). Then I took the little ferry across the River Bidasoa to Hendaye in France. The 9.12 am train from Hendaye got me to Paris in time to catch the Eurostar to take me through the Channel Tunnel and be back in London at 5.39 pm that same day.

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It is a slower, more contemplative way of travel and I’m lucky to have the time to do it. I can’t work on the bus (except for daydreaming), but I can on the train and ferry, especially since they now usually have wifi.

It’s a lot nicer than flying.

Mi Diario en el Pais Vasco: Hondarribia: Hasta Luego: Agur!

Las dos semanas que pasé visitando Hondarribia y a mis amigos pasaron en un santiamén. Por ahora, regreso a Nueva Zelanda, pero sé que volveré a Pais Vasco.

(The two weeks I spent visiting Hondarribia and my friends went by in a flash. For now, I’m heading back to New Zealand, but I know I’ll be back to the Basque Country)

 Hondarribia, seen from the ferry to Hendaye, beside the Bidasoa estuary that leads to Txingudi bay

Hondarribia, seen from the ferry to Hendaye, beside the Bidasoa estuary that leads to Txingudi bay


El libro esta en Amazon.

This book is available in English too, as A Basque Diary.

Mi Diario en el Pais Vasco: Hondarribia: Salud y Seguridad

Estoy tan contenta de ver que todavía no hay ninguna tontería sobre la salud y la seguridad en Hondarribia.

(I’m so glad to see that there is still no over-the-top health and safety nonsense in Hondarribia.)

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El libro esta en Amazon.

This book is available in English too, as A Basque Diary.

Mi Diario en el Pais Vasco: Festivo de Hondarribia: Kutxa

Lamento no haber estado en Hondarribia este julio, ya que el festivo de la mujer con la caja en la cabeza es mi favorito.

(I’m sorry I wasn’t in Hondarribia this July, as the festival of the woman with the box on her head is my favourite.)

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El libro esta en Amazon.

This book is available in English too, as A Basque Diary.