Kaixo! Greetings from Bilbao~ (read: time for pintxos and crianza!)
Kaixo! (Pronounced kai-so, this means “Hello” in the local Basque language) I am currently enjoying the extremely beautiful country of Spain. And by enjoying, I mean I am eating copious amounts of Spanish pork and ham, bread, as well as drinking goblet after goblet of delicious wine. For cheap, too. A filling meal can be had for under 5 euros. Including a good wine.
By the way, the translation of “pintxos and crianza” from the title of this blog is: tapas (Spanish small dishes, something that is a bit similar to dim sum) and aged wine. It’s pretty much what I eat here. Every. Single. Day.
Ooh, I am building up some habits that are going to be MIGHTY EXPENSIVE to maintain back in the States . . .
In other words, it’s high time I started blogging about my adventures in Spain and let all of you know about them, no? [nods yes] Sí, especialmente porque quiero practicar mi español.
So the above photo is from a restaurant near my flat. My friend from school and flatmate in Spain, P, and I were exploring the area during siesta over the weekend and trying to find at least one place that was open. One thing to keep in mind about Spain is that everyone goes away on vacation for the full month of August. And whoever is left in town during that month is closed between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. for siesta. Frustrating for a foreigner? Yes. But something that can easily be adjusted to? (read: nationwide naptime!) Heck yeah!
I live in the Basque region, and they have their own language: Euskara. It’s completely different from Castillian Spanish, and I’ve only picked up three words of it (hello=kaixo; goodbye=agur; thank you=eskerrik asko). The Spanish, I’ve discovered, are a very proud and passionate people. People after my own heart, in other words.
Bilbao gets fewer tourists than the cities further south such as Barcelona and Madrid. The Guggenheim is a pretty big draw, but most tourists stay around there and don’t wander around too much elsewhere. Plus, most people here are Spanish in origin– there are very few faces that don’t have European features. Which makes me (and P) rather novel attractions when we walk down the streets. I have never felt so out of place or so observed than here in Bilbao.
But it is nice when I get to shock people and bust out my tiny repertoire of Euskara. It makes the locals smile. 😀 And thus, it makes me smile, too.
In the interest of posting something here about my travels before I run out of Internet time, I’m going to end it here (P and I have been having problems getting Internet in our flat because it requires a Spanish bank account and several weeks of patience . . . Annoying, yes. Still no internet? Also yes. Sigh!). I’ll leave you with one last picture:
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