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Getaria | 01

Getaria, Gipuzkoa, Spain

On our last day in Spain we went to Getaria, another small town just a few minutes from Zarautz. While Zarautz has a great surf beach, great people and nice old buildings in the centre, Getaria was so beautiful in my opinion. Colorful details in the buildings, narrow streets and laundry hanging above your head by the side of the buildings just create such a great atmosphere.

Surfing to the sunset

Zarautz, Gipuzkoa, Spain

I've already posted a bunch of sunset photos from the beach in Zarautz, but I had so many that here's another post with more. Sunsets by a beach are just so magical and it was the best time to capture some surf photos.

San Sebastian

San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Spain

San Sebastian was only about a 15-minute drive away from Zarautz, but we only managed to visit during our last week. It was cloudy but so hot that day, meaning we were all sweating like pigs while we walked around exploring the city. I loved the old town with its narrow streets and cute little shops and cafes. We stopped at one to eat, and me and one of my friends ordered a jug of sangria. The last photo was taken by the skateboard shop Westside and published on their Facebook page, because we were the first Finnish people to buy their own brand Saphir's longboards.

Monte Ernio 1072m

As lovely as Zarautz was, it was sometimes hard to come up with things to do when there were no waves for surfing. The amazing Sonia from the Pukas surf shop right by our flat suggested Monte Ernio, a nearby mountain, for hiking. The views were absolutely stunning. A little haunting, too, when we got all the way to the top and found out the locals have used it as a graveyard.

Longboard Friday

99130 Levi, Finland

I fell in love with a longboard cruiser in San Sebastian and ended up buying it. I used to want a skateboard when I was younger, but my mum wouldn't let me have one. I'm absolutely in love with this board, and can't wait to take it with me to Bournemouth to go longboarding by the beach. 

Although longboarding in the sunset here in Lapland is pretty amazing too.

When the sun goes down

20800 Zarautz, Gipuzkoa, Spain

One of the best parts about having a flat right by the beach were the amazing sunsets. We sat on the balcony so many times just talking and watching the sun go down. The colors were different every evening, but gorgeous every time.

Surfing the Basque Country

20800 Zarautz, Gipuzkoa, Spain

Here's the first patch of pictures from our surf trip to Zarautz, Spain. It's quite a small place near San Sebastian on the Atlantic coast in the Basque part of the country with one of the best surf beached in Spain. We had a flat rented for three weeks through airbnb. It was right by the beach, and cost so little compared to what a hotel would've cost us for that time. 

Surfing has been on my bucketlist for years, but this was the first time I got to try it and I loved it! Since I was the one with the camera, there's no photo evidence that I actually surfed, though...

It will be 50 kilometres they said. You'll be fine they said.

99130 Levi, Finland

My day off on Thursday was meant to be relaxing. Instead, I agreed to go mountain biking to some old gold mine. The guys said the trip would be like a 50km and I was sure I would never be able to do it, but somehow they convinced me to go along anyway. 

Turns out they estimated the distance a bit wrong. It was 75km. By the time we made it back six hours later, my entire body hurt from my feet to my neck and hands, I had been bitten by dozens of mosquitoes and even shed a few tears. Afterwards I felt amazing despite all the pain though, I mean I biked 75k. Not quite sure how I did it, I'm not in a great shape and had only ever gone mountain biking once before in my entire life.

Питер, любовь моя | 03

Here are a few more pictures from St. Petersburg. I want to go back, these pictures just remind me of how lovely the city is in the summer.

After these I'll finally start going through the over 2000 photos I took in Spain and Switzerland in May and June.

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St. Petersburg, Russia, 15-18th of May, 2014.
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