It was a regular day for a regular person in Vitoria Gasteiz, Spain. Tomorrow is a day on the road again, and therefore there were things to do in order to be ready to check out by 10 a.m. mañana.
After getting chores done and returning back to the hotel room, and find the bed made, the bathroom sparkling clean, I’m thinking, who would want to leave this?
But it continues…
One thing I really wanted to do in the Basque area was to find a rural hotel in a small village, or a private home, a guest house, or hostel, but that has been difficult. I’m sure someone familiar with the area could pin-point the perfect setting. When I was with Jose, we found a hotel in the tiny town where we ate that lunch (remember THAT lunch?) but the hotel was way too expensive. We found another one, even a bit nicer, for less price, but it was on the busy road, and not near a town or rural setting.
A gentleman who works in the hotel where I am now, discouraged me, as many others have, by telling me, “sure there are little villages in rural areas with hotels, but that’s very isolated.”
“That’s just what I want,” I say and that falls on disbelieving ears. People just cannot imagine someone not always wanting to stay in a city.
“Maybe on your way to Bilbao, you’ll see something in one of the towns you’ll go past on the bus.”
He’s probably right, but then we’ll be zooming by it with no opportunity to stop and inquire. So, like everything I’ve done so far, I’m thinking, “it is what it is”. The journey describes everyday occurrences with the good, the bad and the ugly. So far, it’s all good, thank goodness for that.
In Bilbao where I’ll be in a hostel for a week, I’ll be near the Guggenheim Museum that is touted as one of the most impressive museums in the world. From Wikipedia: “One of the most admired works of contemporary architecture, the building has been hailed as a “signal moment in the architectural culture”, because it represents one of those rare moments when critics, academics, and the general public were all completely united about something. The museum was the building most frequently named as one of the most important works completed since 1980 in the 2010 World Architecture Survey among architecture experts.”
The museum features permanent and visiting exhibits of works by Spanish and international artists, so it has been on my wish list to see.
So, that will be the next adventure. I’ve enjoyed resting up in a hotel, and now I’m ready to save some money and go back to a hostel. They aren’t bad, but not as cozy as a hotel, I admit.
Today in town, I sat down at one of many outdoor cafe’s, and admired the clear sky and air that made the tall buildings and churches look like I could just touch them from where I sat. The bells rang 1 o’clock and the pigeons ran circles catching the crumbs I dropped for them. From where I sat, a faucet with clean water supplied people with drinks, and even a dog got into the action; several people washed their hands and one man washed his face.
Back to the apartment with two more difference to mention between our country and most of European countries. First are the floor numbers.
Zero (basement) First floor
First floor Second floor
Second floor Third floor
*Their zero (basement) is -1
Another difference is the way we write the date: Our way is the day/month/year.
There way is the month/day/year. It can be confusing for the first few times you see it and then mistakes can happen, especially with transportation schedules.