This week’s adventure–Pais Vasco! We received an email from our professor earlier in the week in which he reminded us to NOT refer to the places we were going to as Spain. The native residents of Pais Vasco aren’t related to the rest of Spain and speak a totally different language–Basque. Because it has no connection to Spanish or any other language in the area, experts believe that the natives are the original inhabitants of the Iberian region. Apparently this gives the people there an excuse to consider themselves a totally different nation, even though they are within the Spanish border. I don’t get it either, but I didn’t want to offend anyone, so I kept my little Spanish comments to myself.
Our first stop was Bilbao, home of one of the Guggenheim museums.
Confession about museums: I usually enjoy museums. A lot. I loved the Prado. I loved the Louvre (you can tell how late I am in writing this post) But contemporary art=not my thing. A lot of the themes were kind of disturbing, and I left with a yucky feeling. But we boarded the buses afterwards to head to one of the most beautiful places I had ever seen–San Sebastian.
After spending some time with the group, eating dinner, eating a double scoop of ice cream (on the program, heh heh) taking a rather unexpected dip in the ocean (Thanks, Aubrey) and spending the night in a 4 star hotel, we got back on the buses to take a nice trip to France. No big deal.
Kylie and I eating French Fries in a French Bistro. Note my French braid 🙂
The rest of the time we spent in Pais Vasco was spent lounging on the beach, shopping for yellow shoes, and eating Nutella. Not a bad way to spend time in one of the most beautiful parts of the world 🙂