So it’s been a while since I last updated. Honestly, I’ve just been busy and doing things and traveling, etc. I apologize for the hiatus and hope this post is just as entertaining as the others.
First, I’ve been traveling a LOT. I’ve always wanted to travel around Europe and being in Bilbao has finally given me that opportunity. Europe is absolutely amazing… I have fallen in love with every city I’ve been to. Let’s start from the beginning though..
Zaragoza. Zaragoza is a town about 4 hours from Bilbao. Two friends and I took a day trip there to enjoy their yearly festival called Fiesta del Pilar. One of their virgin saints sits atop a pilar so she is called the Virgin of the Pilar. They were celebrating her. We were there for not even 24 hours, but the city was beautiful and lively. Here’s a picture of Rachel, Haley, a cutely dressed little boy, and I in front of their mountain of flowers with the Virgin of the Pilar on top:
South of France. We took a day trip to the South of France with my program. It was so breathtaking. The views on the beach and the cities were so beautiful. Plus, the food was awesome. Macaroons might be my new favorite thing. I can also say I’ve been to France now even though I haven’t been to Paris 🙂 Here are a couple pictures from that day trip:
London. London is definitely my absolute FAVORITE city. The people were so nice, plus the accents were pretty hot. We stayed in a nice hostel and got to take the tube everywhere. There was just so much history there and we were lucky enough to get to go there and experience it all. It was also nice that they spoke English. The first thing we did when we got there was go on the London Eye. The views were absolutely amazing and you really got to see the entire city. We also went to the Tower of London, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the shopping district, ate fish and chips, pretended to go through Platform 9 3/4, and of course… Picadilly Circus. Everything was absolutely amazing and I definitely want to go back in the near future. Here are some pictures of the places we went:
Amsterdam. Amsterdam is the most unique city I think I’ve been to so far. The atmosphere was so different than anywhere I’ve been to. No one was rushing and everyone was just super relaxed. It was absolutely beautiful. There were canals everywhere. I still can’t believe I actually go to go there and I’ve seen the city in person. We went to Anne Frank House which was super creepy, but I really liked it. It’s still hard to believe that those things actually happened, but Anne Frank’s House definitely made it more real. For the most part in Amsterdam, we just walked around the city and ate DELICIOUS food. That might be the main reason I love the Dutch. I ate the MOST DELICIOUS waffle I’ve ever had in my entire life. I would go back to Amsterdam just for another waffle. We did go to some coffee shops and that was pretty different. I really loved Amsterdam and the way I felt like there was just the city and you… Here are some pics:
My friend Haley and I went to a Bilbao Athletic soccer (or football) game. It was a lot of fun, but very different than what I was expecting. It was nothing like a baseball game in the US at all. I don’t really know what I was expecting, but I was very surprised by the whole atmosphere. We stood the whole time which was fine, and I guess the fact that I don’t know how soccer works really might have been a slight issue. The funny thing was though, we only saw one goal and it was the other team’s goal scored by a player on Athletic. Sigh.. such bad luck. Here’s a picture of me and Haley at the game!
That’s it so far. Tomorrow starts our 9 day break in which I will be headed to Venice, Florence, Pisa, and Rome. It should be a great trip! I’m super excited for gelato and pizza and pastaaaaaaaaa… oh and all the historicalness of Italy 🙂
Lastly, I can’t believe I leave Bilbao in a mere 16 days… 9 of which I will be in Italy. It’s the strangest feeling. I remember wanting to leave and go home and see everyone that I missed… and now I’ve made all new friends and I’m just completely in love with this city. I am so thankful that I got to study here for an entire semester. I still feel like a foreigner here, but I also feel like this city has become my home. It’s a bittersweet feeling.. I miss everyone I haven’t seen in months, but I know how much I’m going to miss being here and everyone I’ve come to know. I’m definitely going to enjoy my last few weeks here, even with all the school work. 🙂
I should be able to update after I get back from Italy and before I leave this beautiful city. Until next time…..