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Last week's report

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I'm copying you a blog that I wrote last week on EiTB. Sorry for the lack of updates these weeks, but there's just less time to do everything I'd want to do. A blog isn't really on the top of my list right now, since I'm focussing on school and on making the most of the few weeks we have left (and that's not an easy combination).

This is a post of last week, I modified it a bit, and I will soon write another post about this weekend, because yesterday may have been the best - but also most tiring - day I've had since I've been here.

But first:

Another week comes to an end and we’re starting to realize that there are only a few of them left. A few weeks to enjoy every moment we have and meanwhile trying to obey our upcoming deadlines. Last week didn’t really help, since one of my best friends, Zahra, arrived on Wednesday and stayed until Sunday. No complaints though, I really loved having her over!

While at first I thought Zahra would only be arriving on Thursday, she eventually arrived pretty late on Wednesday evening. The next day we took a bus to Donostia and I showed her around the city the best I could. We had plans to see everything and visit a museum, but that all changed when Zahra ate her first pintxos. She loved them of course, and eventually we spent a large part of the day in a pintxos bar in Donostia’s old part of town (pintxos-heaven).

With the weather being so beautiful this week, we even went to the beach for a while. In the midst of November, with Christmas decorations already present in the store windows, we still don’t have to take out our winter’s clothes. Way too lucky!

On Friday then, we had to go to Bilbao again for our internship. Zahra tagged along, planning to spend the day discovering the city. At 7 pm, we met each other again and together with Koen, Niké and Chiara (an Italian Erasmus student from our university) we had plans to go to a concert at Santana 27, a concert hall outside of the city centre.

But first: finding a place to stay! Zahra and I booked a room in Pension Serantes in Casco Viejo and the other three stayed in a hostel in the Deusto quarter. We went to drop our stuff, but finding the pension proved to be a little more difficult than expected. It was located in the main going out district of Casco Viejo, in Calle Somera, and it wasn’t noticeable from the outside. You had to enter through a door, then onto crooked old stairs to the second floor. Really old and kind of dubious at first, but on the inside it was quite nice with lively colours and friendly people and a room all to ourselves!


We arrived at the concert a bit late, after making a detour in a very unknown and desolate part of the city. Santana 27 turned out to be a lot bigger than we had imagined, but the concert still had an intimate feel to it. The first act was Atlas Sound, of which we unfortunately only got to see the last half of the show. A good half though, I love the music (anyone who has the chance to check out their album Logos should definitely do so!) and at least I was on time to hear my favourite song Sheila. The second act was The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, a bit rougher than the first one but also very good and – in my opinion – 15 euros well spent.


From the concert we went to Casco Viejo to continue our evening. We love this part of Bilbao, it’s filled with all kinds of cool bars and shops and in the weekends everyone is out on the streets having a drink. Coincidentally we even bumped into Cécile again, a girl from Leuven (Belgium) that we’ve met last month.


The next day, Zahra and I walked through Casco Viejo, Bilbao La Vieja and San Francisco because I had to gather some information on these parts for a school assignment.


On Saturday evening we returned to Bergara to have a drink there with a bunch of the other Erasmus students. On Sunday I had to drop off Zahra at the bus stop because she had to head back to Belgium. Unfortunately, it won’t be too long before we have to do the same :(.


Well, that's it for now but I will update you on this weekend very soon.

A teaser: Gallery-hopping, getting chased, discovering the Museo de Bellas Artes, participating in a demonstration of over 20.000 people, getting into the Zinebi (film festival) awards ceremony, and crashing in a room with a touring Belgian rock band.


Posted by Sajeh 22:43 Archived in Spain Tagged living_abroad

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