Posted on October 19, 2015
Hitchhiking Europe: Day 4
Today we didn’t do any hitchhiking but we managed to cross another border. We started our trip in Donostia. We tried to find another place to sleep but didn’t find anything suitable. We could leave our luggage in the hostel and when the rain finally stopped a bit, we also had a look at the town center and the beach. As we had a little snack in the town center, we noticed the number of babies here. Every second person was driving around a baby carriage or buggy. Usually grandmothers pushing them while the mother walks next to it. We didn’t think about the Spanish siesta when we got here. Almost the whole afternoon most shops were closed to be opened again after 4.30 PM. It was already after 5 PM when we left to find a ride.
There seemed to be two possible hitchhiking places. The first was a roundabout leading towards the highway. We walked here and found this was no suitable place. Not all cars would go in the right direction anyway and there was no place for them to stop. The second place was almost 5 km away, on the other side of the city. We had no other choice than to walk there. On the way we passed a train station where we had a quick look. We found the train ticket was only € 2.90 so we just took the train to our next destination: Irun.
Irun is a town on the Spanish side of the Spanish-French border. It seemed to be a nice little town. Although most shops were closed, Tina found an Asian shop to get some new shoes (the old ones were destroyed in the rain) and we passed a Russian shop where we bought a drink so we could have a rest. After we drank a beer next to the canal in Irun, we kept following the road towards the border.
Along the way, there was a hill with escalators going all the way up. We had a quick look up there. There was nothing to see but we could have another break from walking as there were some benches.
We finally crossed a small bridge to the French side: Hendaye. Apart from the language on the signs, there was no clear indication we had crossed the border. From there it was only a bit more than a 1 km walk to the highway. There was a truck wash building with a bit of grass next to it where we could set up our tent.