Big Week /The Aste Nagusia in Basqque, Semana Grande in Spanish
The festival in Bilbao promotes the Basque traditions, but also includes unofficial local customs that you can learn only on the spot. While Marijaia on the balcony danced wildly, people below fought for dear life! Champagne, confetti, flour and eggs flew through the air
As soon as I got on the bus from airport to Bilbao, I knew I was lost. The Basque Country is an autonomous region of Spain with its own official language, Spanish is only the second. And if they really speak only the first one, this is no good for me. I can handle Catalan which is quite understandable, if you speak Spanish; but this?! To give you an idea: a foldable bus door steps are called "igongailua badabil"...
I got out in the centre, but the way to my hotel was very complicated; instead of going to the bridge, I had to go under the bridge; I wouldn't find it by the morning. Fortunately, a nice couple took care of me. They called the hotel and asked for the directions; then took my suitcase, accompanied me to the door, gave me kisses on both cheeks and wished me a good-night. These are supposed to be those feared Basque terrorists?! They couldn't make a better impression... : )