Thursday, June 2, 2011

Wed. June 1, Bilboao - Camino del Norte

Physically we may have left our Albergue San Miguel in Estella but mentally and emotionally we are still marking time by what we would be doing if we were still there or what we think Maria, our replacement is doing: 8:45am while we are now enjoying cafe and churros, Maria should be finishing up the cleaning and mopping; 3pm. while we are heading back to the hotel for a nap after a comida of crepes and wine, Maria would be signing in the pilgrims; 8:45pm while we are having pintxos and wine in a Basque taberna Maria would be finishing up the dinner chores and setting up for breakfast. And we're happy.

This Wednesday we walked along the river to the Guggenheim Museum. The Guggenheim definitely lives up to its reputation as an architectural marvel. All luminescent, massive and futuristically modern, it upstages the modern art exhibited inside. Dayton and I also definitely lived up to our technological reputation as we didn't figure out the audio headsets until the last exhibit. Typical.

We continued our walking tour to the Bilbao Museum of Fine Art and then got down to the business of savouring the famous Basque pintxos, the little 'toothpick' tapas featured in every taberna. Unfortunately, the pintxos are exclusively non-vegetarian but I enjoyed helping Dayton select the most creative and exotic selections. It is common here to just bar hop tasting the offerings of one bar after the other which suits our style perfectly. Prices are so reasonable; usually less than 2.50€ for a pintxo and less than 2€ for a wine.

After a much needed and much appreciated nap, we went out in search of the Camino del Norte that comes through Bilbao. We headed for the Iglesia Santiago and then followed the arrows through the old town into the new and up 310 steps to the Iglesia of the Virgin of something or other. This is probably as much of the Camino del Norte as we want to handle. We think the terrain and the weather would not be that appealing.

So now we have one more day with nothing to do and all day to do it. I'm sure it will involve some walking and lots of food.


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