Luckily, the hail stopped that night, but the rain continued for almost our entire visit. That sucks, but although Bilbao isn't as pretty in the rain as Paris is, it was still a solid trip in a nice city. Now, those adjectives might seem decidedly underwhelming, but I mean them with all my heart without going overboard with praise. Also, Gabrielle Union was wrong and you cannot just be whelmed in Europe.
OH LOOK IT'S THE ACTUAL ARAÑA DISCOTECA!
The disco spider stands (dances?) near Bilbao's spectacular Guggenheim museum. Designed by Frank Gehry, it evokes the feeling of the water it's on, with its wave-like sides and its shimmering fish-like scales. The building is gorgeous and larger than you can imagine, and although the atrium is splendid as well, the best part is the exterior view. Paying to get into this modern art museum seems almost silly when the best art is free to see outside.
Then what? Well stroll some more. See some dogs and, if you're like me, try to pet them and play with them but then realize that these dogs freaking speak Spanish so they don't know what you are saying when you say "HI PUPPY YOU ARE SO CUTE! YES YOU ARE SO CUTE!" and their humans really have no idea probably what you are saying either or what the heck is wrong with you talking that high-pitched so you can try to adjust your language mid-freak-out and say "Hola....perro?? Tu es...um....HII PUPPYYYYY!" That's pretty much how it went. 100x per day.
Walk over to the old town, as every good European city has, and wonder as your wander about the tiny streets and are lucky enough to catch adorable sights like this:
Another great treat was the stained glass in one of the train stations. Okay, this is where the language barrier got really rough. We needed to go to a nearby town for a fancy dinner (check back tomorrow!) and wanted to take the train. Well, we didn't. We couldn't get a straight answer from anyone (also, like, no one worked in the stations?? because Spain in the afternoon = sleepytime?) as to which was the correct station and which was the correct train and where to go and just f it, we took a taxi. Anyway, one of the stations - whichever it was - had this nice glass.
So, Bilbao may not have a lot of activities to do, but it's a nice town to walk around in for a few days. If you go, you'll have a nice, pleasant time, as long as you aren't out very late when all the yoots come out of the woodwork and take over the city and all the streets like awful drunk ants. Ugh yoots. Anyway, during the day it's nice. I wouldn't go out of my way to go if you have limited time in Europe, but like if you live on the continent then why not. (Ringing endorsement!)
We'll talk about the food for the next two days. See yaaa.