Basque Islands Day Trip

Basque Islands Day Trip

You never know who you might meet when you are in another country. Last week at our Sunday meeting we met a nice family who are actually in the Spanish field in a neighboring town. They try to attend the English meetings periodically in order to support the congregation and practice their English. Well it turns out that the sister is from Los Angeles, California. When Kanicia first met the sister you would have thought that they were separated at birth! When one is so far from home the chance to meet someone from your country is a cause for a lot of excitement. This is especially so since there are so few Americans here. The sister, Veronica, has been living here for over ten years with her husband Manuel and daughter Alyssa. For Kanicia it was nice to meet someone who understands her culture and understands everything she says when she speaks.

We made plans to do some sight seeing since this is the holidays for many here. Over the weekend the family took us to San Juan Gaztelugatxe which is about 45 minutes from Bilbao. This is an island on the Basque coastline which is connected to the mainland by 231 man made steps. On top of the island sits a small church dating back to the 10th century and another covered area where you can have a picnic and enjoy the surrounding views of the ocean. This area is very popular with tourists and locals and for good reason! The views of the ocean are absolutely breath-taking! The weather when we visited was excellent and you could see off into the distance for miles. We enjoyed a meal on top of the island and then we walked back down to have a coffee in the restaurant on the mainland which has equally amazing views. We had a great time and it was nice to get out of the city for a little while. Being able to see the beauty of creation makes us reflect on Jehovah’s creative power as we are considering in our book study. What a loving and powerful God we serve who allows us to enjoy the many good things of creation! (Jer 10:12)










Antoine & Kanicia

We are serving where the need is great in southern Spain and are actively involved in the TESOL community. We enjoy helping people learn how to teach English and support themselves in another country.

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  1. Jodie

    You are right! Those views are breathtaking. I so enjoy reading about your adventures in Spain.
    Jodie from North Main Cong in Houston, Texas

    1. akcognard

      Thank you Jodie! Many of the friends from Spain will be going to Texas this summer for the international conventions.

  2. Shelley Manriquez

    Wow! great shots and you two are looking very happy and healthy. So very glad you are sharing your experiences. It is “almost” like being able to go myself. We look forward to your blogs and enjoy reading them a lot. The pictures are great and I keep saying “wish we were there too” Won’t it be wonderful to travel in the Paradise. Then there won’t be restricting circumstances to hold us back. Your adventure keeps my mind young.

    1. akcognard

      Thanks Shelly! Yes, we all look forward to the paradise when the circumstances that this wicked system and our owns imperfection place on us will be gone!

  3. Shalina Casey

    Awesome pictures! And the weather looked perfect too!

  4. Rossanna

    Next time u go to Biarritz, look for the Oçafrains in the English Cong. An older couple, they are our sister in laws parents. In a Biarritz French Cong is Pascals mom, Odette Donio. An elder, brother Etcheparabord, is a hospital kind brother with a lovely family.

    1. akcognard

      Thanks for the information. We will keep it in mind if we visit the Biarritz English hall. It is truly a small world in the truth!

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