Our weekend was pretty relaxed due to a number of reasons: Andrew was recovering from a wicked cold, we have a pending trip beginning this Friday, and the weather was less than perfect. We did have a few adventures though, starting with everyone’s favorite Swedish mega-store: IKEA. After browsing their Christmas decorations online, we decided it would be worth it to buy a couple of things to make our apartment feel cheery. I really like the live poinsettia and the cinnamon smelling tea-lights are great.
On the way home from IKEA, we took an hour long detour in Portugalete. Portugalete is a seaside Basque town, that has really turned into a suburb of Bilbao. Despite its proximity to the tenth-largest city in Spain, Portugalete still preserves an old world feel. The main tourist attraction is the Puente colgante, a transporter bridge that connects the two Basque towns of Portugalete and Las Arenas. It is like nothing I have even seen before since a cabin that can transport cars across the river hangs from light-weight steel cables that are attached to wheels underneath the bridge. You can also take an elevator to the top of the bridge and walk across, but we opted out. Walking 50m above the water, in December no less, even if the bridge has been there since 1893, doesn’t sound like real fun to me.
Saturday we took another trip to Liérganes where we attempted to go on a hike. The main problem with trying to go for a hike in Spain outside of a national park is that the trails are poorly marked. We saw two trails markers within the first fifteen minutes of our hike. Afterward we were left on our own to guess which cattle run was actually the correct path. Although we didn’t make it to the top of the monte, we still enjoyed ourselves and got to enjoy being outdoors.
And, Sunday was our 6th month wedding anniversary. I guess you only count that your first year of marriage, but this year I think it is worth recognizing! We celebrated by preparing for class and starting the countdown for our big before-Christmas adventure!
Next up: Christmas sugar cookie baking and package opening!