|Bilbao! Frank Gehry's architectural masterpiece, The Guggenheim Museum and El Puente de la Salve|
A lovely girl named E.* who is also an auxiliar here as well as a palm-reading enthusiast told me that I have "the mystic's cross." In other words, I kind of am a mind-reader. Or at least, I'm intuitive enough to be... according to my right hand. But I digress...
|This is puente in the traditional sense.|
ANYway, BILBAO!!!!!! It was wonderful and beautiful and all other kinds of good -fuls... and definitely a successful first (of many) weekend trips to other parts of Spain. Bilbao is the biggest city and industrial hub of País Vasco (the Basque region). It is just under 2 hours north of Logroño by bus.
|The map is in French, but it's the best I could find. Logroño and Bilbao are in red. [source]|
Afterward, we made our way toward The Guggenheim Museum for an event they host every last Friday of the month called "Art After Dark" where they basically turn the
main atrium into a night club, with cash bars and a featured DJ. The 12€ ticket included not only entrance to the museum (the exhibits are still open for viewing) but also the cover of a very popular nightclub for post-museum partying called Fever... a very good deal since the cover to the nightclub alone is usually that much.
Anyway, it was quite the experience... and very refreshing. The music that permeated throughout the museum made it feel less stuffy and much less formal. I felt like I got to experience the art more. Case in point, sculptor Richard Serra's "The Matter of Time:"
|"The Matter of Time" Richard Serra|
The event ended at 1am, and we then headed to the nightclub Fever. That was an experience that you will just have to ask me about sometime. For now, I will just say that my roommate and I were able to get on stage with the DJ to dance not once but twice in front of hundreds of people. DEFinitely a memorable experience. Oh, and in true Spanish form, we didn't get back to the hostel until 7. :)
The next day was full of walking. Took a ride on the Funicular to go up the mountain that had great views of the city.
|Our group in front of the view :)|
Anyway, the following day, our main goal was to get to the Museo de las Bellas Artes and stumble upon interesting things along the way... and it was one of the most successful 'stumbling upon' days that I've ever had! Here are the highlights:
|La Catedral de Santiago... and a juxtapositon :)|
|What luck! We found the 3rd Annual Bilbao Tango Festival!|
|Beautiful Parque de Doña Casilda Iturrizar|
|LOVED the Antonio López Exhibit at the Fine Arts Museum|
|With my friend Kiburi Sunday evening before leaving; Guggenheim behind us|
What's the most random, wonderful thing that you've been lucky enough to stumble upon?