OMG! I am totally in love with this city.
I arrived into town on the bus at 5.20am. Pitch black and not even a bus station to sit in until it got light.
Thank goodness for my trusty App maps.me. Had the city of Bilbao downloaded and put in Guggenheim Museo. Thought if I found that I would get my bearings. Well didn’t need them. Set out on my way, the only person in the street at that time and headed towards the museum which was totally on the other side of the city and as I came around my first corner here is a lovely little cafe that had just opened and had all the yummy things for breakfast.
Decided to stay there for a while and work out where I was, find some accommodation so I could dump the backpack and then just start walking.
After 2 hours of 2 coffees and a croissant I was climbing the walls plus I had bus motion so everything was a little wobbly. I watched 2 hours of the Spanish today show and someone was going to prison, still going on about Catalan and terrible fires in Portugal. That was about all I could decipher and of course over a period of 2 hours it was repeated every 15 minutes!!!
Found an albergue on my App which was just around the corner so at 7.30 I pushed open the door and asked for a bed tonight. I was told I was a bit early but yes he had a bed, yes I could leave my bag and to come back after 1pm. So I was off.
Put the tourist office, the Guggenheim and my accommodation in my app so I can find them and set off
The sky was just getting light and the city was waking up and as it got lighter what a gorgeous city.
Modern but old. Found the tourist office but they didn’t open until 9 so just started to walk and there was the river. A beautiful big wide river with huge public paths and walkways on both sides. I turned left and just kept walking and it is beautiful.
Walked around a corner and there it was the Guggenheim and I see why everyone raves about the building. The gold panels on the outside were pretty fabulous with the sunrise on them.
Sun shining and still warm. Have I told you all how much I love Spain.
The doors opened at 10 so I was there to get my ticket and begin at the top and work my way down.
First of all outside was ‘the puppy’ that was in front of out MCA a few years back and a spider of some sort. I thought it was those things from War of the World
The museum is very big and 3 stories and you walk into these huge rooms with high ceilings and white walls and there is 1 massive painting on it. Some of them were very large and filled the wall but lots of blank space. Jackson Pollock was mentioned and did come to mind with me remembering his ‘blue poles’ Moved down to the next floor and it was a series of very weird film/video
Got down to the 1st floor and it was a massive steel installation that you could walk through. Anyway I certainly enjoyed the morning.
I saw banners on the street advertising the art museum which had an exhibition of Van Gogh, Mogdiliani, Toulouse lautrec and Goya so went across to that one and it made a lot more sense to me.
After that I wandered around the streets taking it all in.
Went to the tourist office to find out how I would get to Santander tomorrow to get my overnight ferry to Portsmouth. With my bus motion and the sea motion I should be rolling around like nobody’s business
Got some shoes. They were on sale as it is winter here so no summer things and wore them out of the shop.
Was feeling pretty hot, dirty and tired by this time as I hadn’t showered or slept since the night before last.
Went back to my albergue and had a shower and put on fresh clothes and cleaned my teeth. Ahhh bliss!
I went back to the bus station and got my bus ticket for tomorrow and then thought it was a long time since breakfast and it was vino Tinto time.
I pottered about for a bit but it was time to head out so set off straight down the bottom of the street from the albergue and there was Jesus on a pedestal then the river.
Walked along for a while but realised I hadn’t slept for 24 hours and my feet were tired from walking on concrete all day but wanted to have a glass of wine and dinner down by the river. It is still so mild. 27 degrees today.
So walked through a beautiful park before I got to the river.
As the sun sets in the West I am a very tired pilgrim and when I finish my dinner and wine and coffee I am home to dreamland.
Tomorrow Santander and a big boat ride. Really looking forward to seeing Laura and Janet both of whom I have not seen for 30ish years.
Tomorrow evening I will be boarding a ferry that will take me from this beautiful country Spain to the UK so stay tuned for the next chapter of my moseying through Europe