Isabelle and I did a little duo trip together to Bilbao, Spain for our second-to-last free weekend during our study abroad experience.
We were very excited because Bilbao is in the Pais Vasco and not only do they have their own language, but their own culture entirely. It is also home to one of the world’s Guggenheims.
One of my first observations was just how different Euskara is from Spanish. It is a language with no known roots. Luckily for Isabelle and I, even though most people do speak Euskara, everyone spoke Spanish as well.
The Guggenheim was amazing and really worth the very low entrance fee. We were there on a day where they were having a free, live concert too! So as we toured the museum, we were accompanied by live opera and orchestras, which made it a really unique experience.
The next thing we did was something that seemed like it was just a time-filler/random thing to do but it ended up being my favorite part.
The Funicular de Artxanda is a cable car that brings you up the mountain next to the city. It costs barely a euro, and the views at the top are spectacular. Not to mention, the ride is pretty fun too.
After spending awhile up there, it got a place on my list of “Dream Places to Live”
Later that day, when we went out to eat, we happened up an annual olive oil festival. There was a massive stage that had multiple dance groups performing Flamenco throughout the whole day. I wish now I had popped into one of the stalls and bought some olive oil, but it was a really fun and random thing to do before (and admittedly we went back after) dinner.
Even though we were only there a day, it was a super fun and spontaneous trip. I really want to go back, because Bilbao was unlike any other city I have ever been to in Spain.
(note: some of these pictures were taken by my friend Isabelle!)
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