With only 11 days left in this gorgeous city I have called home for the past 4 months, I figured I better get on track with whats been going on before its all over! 😦
To pick up where we left off, Zak and I had the second half of our spring break together to spend in beautiful, beautiful Sanse. Only one problem… Sanse showed its true colors by raining 3 out of the 4 days we spent here. Good thing I told Zak to pack shorts and t-shirts… Nonetheless, we had an amazing time and I got to show Zak around my favorite city in Spain. Just to highlight some of the awesome things we did together:
We landed in Bilbao on Wednesday and did a quick tour of the Guggenheim featuring Yoko Ono and Ernesto Neto’s exhibits and ate lunch in Casco Viejo (thanks for showing me the way times before, Lindsey!). PS: all these photos are Zak’s – isn’t he great?! 🙂 Check out his album from el Pais Vasco here.
And what kind of host would I be if we didn’t go out for pintxopote?! Zak got to enjoy the best pintxo in the world: meatballs from Dardera with a side of Heineken.
We climbed all 3 mountains around Sanse. The first was Monte Igueldo (the only one I had yet to climb) and the views of the city were absolutely breathtaking.
We took a short break to sample a few of the appetizing pintxos that grace the many bars of Parte Vieja. We paired them with kalimotxos – the infamous basque concoction of vino tinto and coca-cola.
Before our next hike, we stopped by the Patagonia store. We barely got out of there without spending any money, but somehow we managed.
Second was Monte Ulia where we took many detours on our way to Pasaia.
Then once we had worked up an appetite we ate dinner at a local sideria. I had never been to this particular sideria but it came highly recommended. We were the first people there, but it soon filled up to the bustling Basque sider house I was used to. Zak loved the atmosphere, and the food was phenomenal, as per usual.
Then for our last day together we met up with two of my friends who had returned from their semana santa travels. We enjoyed calimari bocadillos, pastries and a hike to the top of Monte Urgull (Jesus Mountain) together.
We took a walk along the beach right as the sun was setting and surfers were making their way out of the water.
I made Zak one of his favorite Spanish dishes for dinner and then we packed his bags to head home early the next morning. It was sad, but we were both so happy. Our time together had passed so quickly, but we embraced every minute of it. Our goodbye only had to last the next 3 weeks before we would see each other again. That’s not too bad. 🙂
So here I am, two days into my last full week of classes in Sanse and I am in shock. I am refusing to believe that it is already almost time to go home. Luckily, I have been totally immersed in the hopes of not realizing. I am helping organizing a beach cleanup this weekend with Surfrider and we have surf class 4 times this week. Life is so good.