Santander

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Last Friday I was packing last minute to spend the long weekend away, Santander being the first of two cities I would visit. I was full of the flu, and raging because I couldn’t find my jeggings. However I had wanted to visit Santander since I first arrived in Spain, so I was looking forward to it!

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I stayed at Hostel Santander – a cheap, but lovely place to stay! The staff were friendly, the beds were comfortable, and it was all very clean, pretty and relaxing. The breakfast provided wasn’t much, so I ate in a cafe for less than two euros. Altogether – a hostel I’d recommend!

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The Saturday when I arrived was insanely windy – I had to sturdy myself against the winds lest I felt like impersonating Mary Poppins!

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The original Bank of Santander was magnificent!

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As it was carnival I managed to see part of the parade – I have to admit I was disappointed by it. It felt like more effort could have been made, but people seemed to be enjoying themselves.

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As the evening was still early I decided to visit the Museum of Modern Art. I’m not a huge fan of modern art, but there were a few things that caught my eye for good/hilarious reasons…

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After I left the museum the heavens had already opened and what was left of carnival had ran for shelter. I decided to grab some food and call it a night, I had left my umbrella in the hostel which I don’t think my sickly self thanked me for!

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The next day however was beautiful, even serene! It was lovely to walk along the coast and admire to view.

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I walked to the Peninsula de Magdalena and took a tour around the Palace there. Although not all of the palace was included in the tour, for only 3 euros it was definitely worth it!

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I liked Santander, it was affordable and pretty. There isn’t a huge amount of tourist attractions compared to other cities, but it is nice to walk about and breathe in the sea air.

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