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Meet Your Neighbors - Greg and Marlene Kleven

The Long Road To Guemes

Sometimes the truly unexpected happens for all the right reasons.  This was our recent experience on our road to the “other” Guemes.


My wife Marlene and I were recently staying in Spain, renting a flat in San Sebastian, using the city as our base to explore the Basque countryside.  During our three-week visit, our oldest son and his wife came for a short stay.  At the conclusion of their visit, we dropped them off at the Bilbao airport and decided to continue our journey west to the city of Santander, the capital city of the Cantabria region on Spain’s north coast, located at the mouth of the Bay of Santander on the rocky La Magdalena Peninsula. We were planning on having breakfast near the beach or the boardwalk.  Much to our surprise, however, everything was closed.  We should have known. This is a Catholic nation and it was Sunday morning. We eventually found a small coffee shop open.  We ordered two “café con leches” and “toasta” then decided to continue our journey, entering a random town in our GPS on the coastline that would that would take us off the freeway and into the countryside.


Within 45 minutes of driving to our selected destination of “Bayeu” we came upon the following road sign.

“Marlene,” I said.  “Look at this.  It’s a road sign for Guemes.  We have to go.”

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