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  • Day12

    Krankes Häschen hüpft nicht mehr

    April 21 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Es gibt einfach Dinge, die möchte man auf so einem Roadtrip eigentlich nicht erleben, aber wenn es doch passiert, macht man einfach das Beste draus ...
    Die vergangene Nacht war weniger schön, das Fieber von Henri stieg am späten Abend immer höher und die Medikamente schienen nicht anschlagen zu wollen. So suchten wir bereits nach Krankenhäuser bzw. Notaufnahmen in der nähren Umgebung und versuchten uns auch telefonisch Informationen zu beschaffen, dies eher mit geringerem Erfolg. Irgendwann ist Henri dann doch eingeschlafen und so schafften wir es bis zum Morgen.
    Beim Aufstehen gab es die nächste traurige Überraschung, der Osterhase hatte es nicht bis zu uns geschafft und daher nichts für Anna versteckt. Nach einem kurzen Ausflug zum Heiligtum Arantzatus, einem Ort für Pilger und Gottergebenheit und Frömmigkeit und Förderung der Kunst und Kultur, überraschte der Osterhase Anna umso mehr, als das er auf dem Parkplatz rund um das WoMo etwas versteckt hatte.
    Danach ging es auf kürzestem Weg nach Bilbao, der heutige Stellplatz lag hoch über der Stadt mit einem tollen Blick auf diese. Da eine Haltestelle direkt vor dem Stellplatz lag, fuhren wir mit dem Bus in die Stadt und marschierten direkt in die Notaufnahme des Universitätskrankenhauses. Die Anmeldung verlief unkompliziert und Henri kam auch recht schnell zur Untersuchung dran, welche dann doch etwas länger dauerte, da gleich 2 Ärzte Henri untersuchten und die Konversation mittels Englisch & GoogelTranslate etwas mehr Zeit in Anspruch nahm. Die größte Herausforderung gab es aber für Henri, da er "Pipi" zur Untersuchung machen sollte und das dauerte & dauerte ... Die gute Nachricht war, das in Ohr, Hals und Lunge alles ok war. Da das Fieber noch nicht gesunken sonder zwischenzeitlich sogar wieder angestiegen war, mussten wir nach 1 Stunde noch einmal zur finalen Untersuchung vorstellig werden, dann war aber alles iO, endlich!!. Ein großes Lob an dieser Stelle für die Kindernotaufnahme und deren Ärtze & Schwestern, welche sich wirklich toll um unseren Henri gekümmert haben :-). Gegen halb 10 waren wir dann endlich wieder am WoMo, wo den Kindern recht schnell die Augen zufielen und wir Erwachsenen noch etwas die fantastische Aussicht auf Bilbao genoßen.
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  • Day13

    Ein Tag mit Guggenheim

    April 22 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Zunächst gibt es eine gute Nachricht zu vermelden, Henri war ab dem Vormittag den ganzen Tag fieberfrei
    und hat auch am Abend keine gegenteiligen Anzeichen gezeigt. Toi, toi, toi...wir hoffen es bleibt so!!
    Das Wetter war perfekt für den Ausflug zum Museo Guggenheim, der Attraktion von Bilbao und dem ganzen
    Baskenland. Auf dem Weg dorthin sind wir ein bisschen durch die Millionen Metropole spaziert und haben am Rand das ein oder andere interessante Gebäude bestaunen können. Aber bei weitem war nichts so spektakulär wie das Guggenheim. Die silberfarbenen Rundungen des Gebäudes (Fertigstellung im Jahr 1997) wurden von Frank O. Gehry entsonnen und ähneln mal
    einem Schiff und mal einer Blume. Die Sammlung des Museums präsentiert auf über 11000 m² ein faszinierend breites Spektrum moderner und
    zeitgenössischer Kunst. Die Betrachtung der vielen Facetten nahm einige Zeit in Anspruch und es gab immer wieder Überraschungen
    zu bestaunen. Anna war ganz angetan von der Hundefigur "Puppy", eine mit Blumen bepflanzte Skulptur, welche von Innen bewässert wird.
    Im angrenzenden Spielplatz konnte sich Anna so richtig austoben und auch Henri wollte ganz viel Laufen. Wir haben nebenbei ein Kaffee bei Sonnenschein und sommerlichen Temperaturen genossen.
    Auf dem Rückweg zu unserem Bus kamen wir noch am Estadio Sa Mamés, der Spielstätte von Athletic Club de Bilbao, vorbei.
    Und dann gibt es noch eine Premiere zu vermelden, wird werden erstmalig auf unseren WoMo-Touren die 2te Nacht auf dem selben Stellplatz übernachten.
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  • Day87

    Bilbao

    August 3, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Heute geht es weiter nach Bilbao. Unser letzter Stop bevor die Heimfahrt beginnt und der einzige im Baskenland.
    Wir sind auf einem Stellplatz mit super Aussicht über die Stadt. Heute hat es knapp 40 Grad. Wir verbringen den Nachmittag also am Platz im Schatten und machen uns erst so um 17 Uhr auf dem Weg in die Stadt. Wir fahren mit dem öffentlichen Bus bis ins Zentrum. Der Mercado Central und die Kathedrale gefallen uns nicht besonders gut. Wir gehen weiter und kommen zur "Zubizuri Brücke". Danach gehen wir zum Guggenheim Museum. Hier kann man schon von außen viele Kunstwerke sehen. Wirklich schön!
    Danach geht es auch schon wieder Richtung Bus. Noch ein letztes Mal geht es in unseren geliebten Decathlon, den es in München leider noch nicht gibt. Jetzt genießen wir noch den Blick über die Stadt und gehen dann bald schon ins Bett, da morgen die lange Fahrt ansteht.
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  • Day121

    113. Etappe: Bilbao

    October 31, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 10 °C

    Ein Regentag erwartete uns Pilger heute. Nach einem guten Frühstück mit selbstgebackenem Kuchen in der privaten Herberge starteten alle so nach und nach und auf dem Weg sah ich dann fast alle wieder.
    Der Weg nach Bilbao führte erst schön über kleine Orte, aber die letzten Kilometer leider fast ausschließlich entlang vielbefahrener Straßen oder über kleinere Asphaltstraßen - aber so ist das halt, wenn man eine große Stadt durchwandert. Die Jugendherberge ist heute direkt gegenüber des Guggenheims, das ich schon letztes Jahr bei meinem Kurztripp besucht habe. Für einen Stadtrundgang wäre Zeit, aber aufgrund des Dauerregens ist es leider nicht sehr gemütlich draußen. Für morgen hoffe ich auf ein wenig Sonne, auch wenn mich dann nur eine Mini-Etappe erwartet.Read more

  • Day12

    Bilbao

    December 12, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 55 °F

    So, I've arrived in Bilbao. After freezing to death riding in the UK I must say I'm enjoying spring like temperatures of 15 degrees. Bilbao is great!

    A few revelations so far;
    1) British are the worst drivers! I had to "sprint" across a petrol station and bang on the side of a van to bring to the attention of said white van man's bovine mind that he was about to reverse over my bike at great pace. He stopped with about 8 inches to spare.
    2) I can declare that I'm not seasick. The journey from Portsmouth to bilbao was a tad rough. It says a lot that when I was in bed I was sliding from one end to the other as the boat rocked. Sadly it didn't have its own radio station or any of the other perks.
    3) I shouldn't pack the bike in such a way that it requires a polevault to mount it and enduring cramp to dismount.
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  • Day6

    Camino Del Norte - Day 6

    June 14, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Camino Del Norte - Day 6

    Gernika to Bilbao
    Distance 35.5km (9 hours)
    Total ascent 835m descent 825m

    Our merry band of 3 set off at 06.30am this morning. I didn't sleep much overnight as I was disturbed by mosquitos buzzing around my head and a very loud thunder storm overnight. It did help to dampen down the noise of snoring.
    Thankfully, it was cool and the storm had passed. We walked through Gernika past a copy of Pecaso's famous work.
    We were joined by a young Dutch kid who couldn't pick up the Camino signs leaving the town. We got her to join us. We continued climbing a very steep hills through eucalyptus and pine trees.
    Facilities were very limited on the Camino. We meandered our way into a village called Larrabetzu. By this time, we were 17km into our long day and we were starving. Our refuge, a small cafe, was closed. We ended up sitting outside eating our fund rations from our pack. This was near a bus stop where several buses bound for Bilbao stopped. We all looked at each other daring the other to say that we should simply take the bus.
    We didn't and carried on another 3.5km to find a cafe in Lezama packed with peregrinos including a number we have got to know when I started this trip.
    We were now just over halfway through the day but the heat was building up. Suncream, glasses and sun hats applied.
    We carried on paved roads to Zamudio where we watched planes land at Bilbao airport. We then had a 400m hill to negotiate before catching our first panoramic view of the city.
    Spirits were raised as we slowly made our way into the city. We passed the Cathedral in the old city and appeared to attract a lot of attention as peregrinos. It really was a wise move staying away from us. We reeked after 9 hours of walking on the Camino.
    We parted company with our American friends Mickey. He checked into a pension and is spending a few days in Bilbao catching up with old friends and hopefully his host family from 1999. Hopefully he will rejoin me afte that. His knowledge of the Basques is fantastic. Each day, he has come out with nuggets of information.
    Three of us are staying in a basic Albergue near the train station in Bilbao. We are all very tired and footsore. We have made arrangements to have our clothes washed and dried which takes a lot of pressure off us.
    My feet are holding up well. My shoes, on the other hand, look worn out. The sloes are wearing away. Ah well, time will see.....

    Tomorrow should be an easier day but I may have stiff muscles. I walk to Pobena along the banks of the Rio Nervion.

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  • Day7

    About 31kms to Bilbao

    September 18, 2017 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    We left Gernika at about 7am, with no fixed plan other than to have coffee in Larrabetzu (16kms) and decide whether to walk to Lezama, or all the way to Bilbao.

    The first part of the walk involved more mud and hills, but we picked up our pace on the road sections. We felt pretty good after our Larrabetzu break and figured we could probably make it to Bilbao. We walked with Jim, who we'd met a few times over the past few days. The company and the chat definitely made things easier.

    On reaching Zamudio, we figured that it was time for some food. We spotted a bar/restaurant opposite the train station and with no particular expectations, looked inside. We were brought downstairs to a busy dining room, filled with workers on their lunch break, enjoying an €11 menu del dia. It was lovely and just what we needed.

    After lunch, Jim and I continued walking to Bilbao (8.4kms, according to Strava) and Damian took the train. This was a nicer walk than I expected, although the rain made the mud even sloppier than before. It was good to eventually arrive in the city and to walk through an area I haven't seen before.

    We've had so much rain and mud over the past few days. According to the weather forecast, things should improve tomorrow as we head back towards the coast. Yay!
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  • Day5

    This Guggenheim Certainly Isn't Crazy

    September 22, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    There are some cities that you just quickly dislike from the start and there are others that immediately make a favourable impression from the moment you take the first step out of your hotel door. I am pleased to say that Bilboa is definitely one of the latter. In fact I would go as far to say that it is a beautiful, beautiful city - a place that I could quickly get to love.

    With its modest population of 300,000 it is big enough to feel like a substantial place, but small enough to feel personal. It is also helped by the fact that it is situated in a natural amphitheatre with a line of hilltops surrounding the central part of the city. The lazy River Nervion wanders through the centre of the city, making it so easy to never get lost. When you want to find you way back to the hotel, just follow the river bank.

    I must admit that the day did not get off to a great start. When I checked my computer for tje football score in the second Preliminary Final, I could see that Melbourne was already ten goals behind and it was not yet half time. So much for the dream result of a Grand Final between Melbourne and Collingwood. Somehow I could not feel disappointed as it really had been a good year for the Demons, and we had finally had a few reasons to feel heart after 54 years in the doldrums.

    At breakfast we met up with Allan and Lorelle who had arrived in Bilbao the previous day. .John Wilcock had also made it safely from Barcelona without having his pockets picked. That brought our team up to 6, meaning that we had reached the half way point. By this evening all the team should be here and we will be able to share our first meal together.

    Speaking of breakfast - it was superb. I am a little ashamed to say that I somehow spent two hours there, although I was not eating the entire time. We did do a lot of talking, laughing and catching up.

    After breakfast Allan, Douglas and I wandered out to see more of this wonderful city. Once again the weather was perfect. Although every day the temperature is in the mid 30s, it is not as tiring as you might expect. The low humidity helps to keep you comfortable (and it really helps your washing to dry also).

    Baby boomers of the 1950s and 1960 might remember the Jackie Gleeson Show on TV. It featured a guy with a funny hat called "Crazy Guggenheim". (In case you are thinking that is a funny name for a hat, it was the guy that was called Crazy Guggenheim, not the hat). His real name was Frankie Fontaine and he had a superb singing voice that somehow he got to feature at the end of every comedy skit.

    A short walk along the river from our hotel there is another Guggenheim - the Guggenheim Museum of modern art. Although I had seen pictures of this amazing building, nothing can prepare you for seeing the first time in the flesh. I am not an expert in architecture, but this place really is a work of art in its own right. In fact I would have been happy to just stare at it from different angles for hours. Although I am proud of our Sydney Opera House, in all honesty I would have to say that this place is far, far more beautiful.

    It would be hard for me to describe the building, other than to say it resembles a fluid collection of shapes and angles that seem to dance before your eyes and play tricks with your sense of perspective. The entire exterior is covered with what must be hundreds of thousands of stainless steel panels which reflect the shapes and colours of the landscape and sky.

    One of the iconic features of this building is a large, spider like object between the back of the building and the river. It reminded me of some alien creature from War of the Worlds. At irregular times the entire riverfront area is obscured by a mist of water ejected from concealed jets. I suspect that this feature is especially welcome in the middle of summer.

    Tomorrow we will be exploring the interior of the Guggenheim, so I did not enter inside today. I wandered back along the riverfront, somehow losing Allan and Douglas in the process and later found myself in the centre of the old city. This is a region of tiny alleyways, old half timbered buildings and an imposing cathedral. It was this type of old city that we had felt was missing from Madrid.

    As I sat down for lunch next to the cathedral I took my hat and sunglasses off. The sunglasses immediately snapped right in half. So much for taking them on the Camino. It was just as well I had not paid for them. Actually I found them a couple of years ago in the glove compartment of a rental car in the UK, so I don't suppose I can complain.

    I arrived back at the hotel at around 2.30 pm and felt that it might be time for a siesta. You know the old saying about "when in Rome".
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Bilbao, Bilbau, بلباو, Горад Більбаа, Билбао, Bilbo, Μπιλμπάο, بیلبائو, בילבאו, Բիլբաո, ビルバオ, ბილბაო, 빌바오, Bilbaum, Бильбао, बिल्बाओ, Bilbo / Bilbao, บิลบาโอ, Bilbaw, Більбао, 毕尔巴鄂

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