I am excited to finally release this episode! My friend Mason and I share our experiences at Tamborrada de Donostia in San Sebastián, Spain. This festival involved lots of drums, dancing, singing, delicious food and tasty wine. We had no idea what we were doing, met lots of great people and had such a unique experience. For me, this is what studying abroad is all about!
Tamborrada de Donostia
Like I said in the episode, the history and background of Tamborrada is quite confusing. Generally, it originated from military conflict which occurred in San Sebastián during the 18th and 19th centuries. If you care to really understand the details, check out the Wikipedia page.
This city is quite possibly my favorite city in Spain and, every other place I have traveled. Since recording the episode, I have revisited twice. During the day, enjoy beautiful beaches and great surf. In the evening, indulge in some seriously good food with a glass of regional wine. San Sebastian is not a big city, but there is plenty to occupy your time when not at the beach or in a restaurant.
If the name is confusing, here’s why: Donostia is the name in Basque and San Sebastián is the name in Spanish. You can use either when speaking but will read the full “Donostia-San Sebastián” on signs and when booking travel arrangements.