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Published: August 5th 2007
Guggenheim Museum - Bilbao
That big dog I was talking about
So... we spent 5 nights in San Sebastian and unfortunately the clouds once again followed us for most of the time. On one night Tezz was drinking with another Aussie we'd met along the way, just hanging out and talking around our campsite until the security guard came and said we had to move or go to sleep (but he said it in Spanish so we didn't really understand until he started directing us out of the campsite). I went to bed, Tezz said "I'll just go out to finish my drink then I'll come back". This was at about midnight. At 4.15am I'm woken up by a drunk Tezz stumbling over our tent and rolling on in squashing me in the process of getting into the tent. Very apologetic of course. The next day we had booked the 11am bus to Bilbao which Tezz kinda forgot about, so we missed that bus but were lucky enough to be on the 12pm bus out. Needless to say Tezz was a complete mess after having had a beer (which is 1litre) some very cheap red wine that comes in a juice box with our aussie friend, and a bit of the
local whatever was going around booze. The entire day he was wrecked and the bus rides were not so good. That'll teach him! He also promised he wouldn't drink until the plane, but we broke that promise last night when we were on the roof with a bunch of people enjoying the cool breezes that come through after a hot day.
So what else have we been doing in Spain besides drinking cheap wine?
Well like I said we spent a bit of time in San Sebastian where some of the afternoons were sunny so we checked out the small streets with all the tapas bars, and of course the beautiful beach where everyone keeps their "I want one" boats. We also went out to Bilbao to the Guggenheim (I think that's how you spell it) Museum which is known for its unique architectural design and arty farty stuff inside. There's also a massive dog that's covered in flowers out the front which is really cute.
From San Sebastian we took the bus to Madrid. Madrid is really cool with once again heaps of little bars and stores with meat hanging in the windows and more cheeses
Just a bit more crowded than Valencia
than you can poke a stick at (dads would no doubt love this stuff). I would have liked to see the flamenco dancing, but as it turned out it was a bit expensive and there was only one show a week according to our hostel. So we explored the rest of the place on foot (as usual) and came across some really nice parks and bulidings, and even a street pararde. I guess it's just fun wandering through the streets, absorbing the culture and eating the food. The weather was also nice and hot!
From Madrid we got on that big old bus again and travelled to Valenica. From Valencia we had to make our way south out of town to El Saler aka the campspots at the beach! This proved to be a bit of a challenge. Our bus dropped us at the main bus station which had a tourist office. The tourist office guy didn't speak English, surprise surprise. However the Lonely Planet Guide (which for everyone out there should not be referred to all the time!) said to catch bus 79 and then catch a metro bus to El Saler. So we get on bus 79
Our bus trip
Sunflowers as far as the eye can see
but soon realised it did a loop. When we asked the driver where to go he said "You should've got off back". Great that's really helpful. We got off the bus at a unknown stop and started wandering through the streets looking for a sign or something that would point us in the right direction. Here there are 2 types of buses the red buses that go through town and have stops everywhere (bus 79), then there are the yellow metro buses that go out of town but have vitually no stops (our bus to El Saler). We ended up catching our first cab in Europe that took us past several camping spots, and finally to the one that was mentioned in the LP Guide - the one that Tezz said we just had to go to cuz in sounds great. It wasn't great...At 27 euro we had a gum tree surrounded by caravans and covered in rocks you put on your driveway. We checked out after explaining you can't pitch a tent either in the tree or on the rocks. So we caught the bus (the one we were looking for in town) back to the campsites we'd passed
in the cab. At 16 euro they were under shade cloth and closer to the beach, much better! Our next few days in Valencia was spent at the beach since it's over 35º here. Sorry to the ones suffering from the flu back in Oz!
We are now in Barcelona trying not to become a victim of pickpocketers. Barcelona is of course much like Madrid but with a crowded beach on the edge and even more bars. Our hostel is on a street off La Rambles - the most famous street in Spain. It's great to walk through here and look at the strange and interesting people, artwork, jewellery etc and when you're done wander up to the market and buy cheap fresh fruit to ease the hunger pains. I love it!
This is our last stop here in Europe. We're very sad to be leaving, but from here we fly to the states where we pick up our car at 4pm on a Friday afternoon, and when we eventually get out of traffic begin our huge road trip. We will be travelling through Canada and the States over to LA, it should be fun. Camping at spots
along the way. It's over 8000km and driving on the other side, we can't wait.
I hope everyone is fine back home, we miss you all and although we are having the time of our lives we can't wait to get back home.
Stay snug, Luv Neetz
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