Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Back to the future in Bilbao

To be completely honest, I did absolutely no research on the city of Bilbao. All I knew is that we were headed to this small Spanish city for the music festival BBK Live (which I also knew nothing about). This is not the way I like to arrive in a new destination, as this will more often than not - leave you with a sour (and guilty) taste in your mouth upon departure.

Thankfully Bilbao was kind to us. Very kind in fact. The festival dished up some epic tunes by the likes of Mr. Jack Johnson, Kaiser Chiefs and the Chemical Bro's to name a few and the city was interesting to say the least.

After a few days of camping on the magical mountain-side for BBK Live, we made our way into the heart of the city for a day of sightseeing, before heading to San Sebastien for our long awaited coast injection. The inner city of Bilbao was a complete eye-opener for us. Because the outskirts of the city were in much need of some TLC, I assumed that the rest of the city would be in a very similar state. Apparently not!

Downtown Bilbao reminded me of a scenes from Back to the Future (the one with the hoverboards), complete with impressive architecture, superb sculptures and the housing the world famous Guggenheim museum. OMG!! WTFace?! etc etc..

A hot tip to any rookie traveller or soon to be globe trotter: do your research before you get to your next destination, because you might miss out on something extremely special. We narrowly avoided sheer disappointment. I won't make the same mistake again!

Here are a few shots from the mountain top where we resided at BBK Live and from the brilliant city of Bilbao.


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