A Story In Pictures: Hiking to El Castillo

Last Friday before class, I was looking at the map of Bilbao I now have hanging up in my room, and I was contemplating which part of the city that I hadn’t seen before I was going to explore after class.  I then saw the words El Castillo, “the castle” in Spanish, written next to a symbol of a mountaintop. Continue reading “A Story In Pictures: Hiking to El Castillo”

Carnival in Bilbao

When I first saw someone walking around in a costume last week, I was a little confused. Then I saw another person, and another, all dressed in costumes. So I asked one of the locals what was going on, and they told me that it was Carnival, of course! I had heard of the famous Carnival in Rio de Janiero, but experiencing Bilbao’s version was definitely inolvidable. Continue reading “Carnival in Bilbao”

La Tamborrada de San Sebastián

Every year, on the 20th of January, the city of San Sebastián, or Donostia as it’s known in Basque, which was named the cultural capital of Europe for 2016, has a city wide festival known as the Tamborrada. It starts at midnight in the heart of the city in the Plaza de la Constitución, and for the next twenty-four hours, drums are played all throughout the city, celebrating the day of Saint Sebastian, the city’s patron. Continue reading “La Tamborrada de San Sebastián”