San Sebastian, or Donostia, is another city that we had previously visited but we spent a few days here on our trip because: pintxos. The Spanish lay claim to tapas but the Basques take it to a whole other level with their version: bigger, tastier and far more inventive than mere tapas, pintxos are more than just a pre-dinner snack or accompaniment to a few drinks. Pintxos eating is a huge part of the local culture and a social event in itself. Food is life in the Basque country, so we definitely weren´ t going to skip through town without eating as many delicious things as possible. It rained, of course… it´s always raining here, and if it´s not raining, it’s because it was raining and is going to rain again soon. But the food makes up for it, and the fact that the Spanish are much more dog-friendly than in Portugal meant we could take Zé into restaurants while we ate and he even got his own bowl of water… although I think he Would have preferred a few pintxos, really.