Rumbo al Norte – Day 9

First important thing to say: Bilbao is both larger and smaller than we thought.

I know, it sounds difficult to understand. But somehow I was expecting a little town and found a city. Once we found a city, however, we also discovered that the center is tiny and perfectly manageable in one day.

Or, in our case, a few hours!

We started the night before, parking in front of a large, historical building turned modern on the inside.

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There was the giantest screen (photos came out horribly wrong!), a library, a chill out area… It looked like a good spot to go to if you live in Bilbao.

Which, by the way, in basque is Bilbo. Ha.

During the evening and morning that we were there, we quickly realised that the basque people are extremely friendly and not at all abrupt and curt as I thought they would be (don’t ask me why, that was just a prejudice I had).

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The next day we started off by wandering in the old town. Which is teeeeeny tiny!

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Walking along the river (which crosses the city) and checking out all the different bridges they have is a good way to sightsee, but unfortunately we didn’t have enough time for that.

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A man riding a peacock.

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The Old Town, also know as the “7 Streets”, is honestly really small and, if your time is limited, requires two hours maximum. There are parkings all over the city and finding a spot even outside public parking areas isn’t difficult at all.

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I loved the above mural. Something between psychedelic and fantasy, it was a work of art.

Here’s another one that I had to take two photos of and then patch together – there was a bridge between the two figures!

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We saw this tiger statue the first evening driving back to the hotel, and only just managed to grab a photo of it the morning after from a bridge while driving. It was built with the building it sits on in 1940. Done very well, in my opinion.

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Next, we visited a market. Which needs a post of its own.

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I am permanently in love. Things I like: purple, pasta, silk, autumn, the smell of mould, candles, cachi, having friends, water, new things, rice, eggs (all eggs!), fresh grass, olive trees, shiny things, glitter, hanging objects, windcatchers, wind, couscous, wasabi, carnivores, presents, snow, leaves, orchids, feathers, cappelletti, meat, fruit (all fruit), more del gelso (Morus alba L.), pigs, candles, christmas, polenta fritta!, separating egg whites from yokes in my hands, cartoons, dragons, the ocean, nudibranchi, cows, mercury (the metal), cosmos (the flowers), thunderstorms, Mika, turtles, acquariums, green and blue (mixed), siccamores, spring, snails, 24, porc with a sweet sauce (apple, cranberry, tomatoes jam), looking at a swimming pool upsidedown and underwater, english accent, open-minded people, driving, blue skies, checkered tablecloths, butterflies, books and cartoons in rhyme, painting eggs, the star-shadows that football players have, silver, laughing, Vivaldi, bells and chimes, white and purple, creating. Complete Happiness: Early morning. Sun, with a breeze; a pond with water lilies. A house, with a garden, full of plants. A vegetable patch, lemon, orange and mandarin trees. Cosmos everywhere. Birds in the trees; a tortoise eating the salad from the vegetable patch; a mammal (I couldn’t decide which one would make me happier) close by. No houses for as far as the eye can see. Me, a man that loves me and that I love. Friends coming over for a lunch that I have to prepare, and have all the ingredients for all ready in the kitchen.

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