September 18, 2015
“A foreign student’s life in Bilbao”
Spain and its small towns: a trip from Bilbao
On a sunny Saturday morning I attended the 25th anniversary of the master’s EIBM that I didn’t want to miss. I’m currently studying a master’s degree at Deusto University, and we-the ongoing students- had the chance to witness the anniversary of the former generations.
My Spanish family invited me to spend the weekend in their house located fours hours from Bilbao by train. As far as I wasn’t able to join them on Friday, I took the train to Cervera on Saturday after the anniversary. My curiosity invaded me, I was eager to arrive to Cervera and Arbejal and to get to know my Spanish family a little bit more.
Those days, were long days, the sunset was at 9:00 p. m, for me that was great considering that in Costa Rica is at 5:30 p. m -6:00 p. m all year long. Therefore, we walked around the town, they showed me all the houses built with rocks and the charming smalls pathways. The magic and surprising moment was when we got in the middle of the forest looking for deers, or as I called them “Bambis”. We were blessed to found them in the mezzo of the night. That night wasn’t any night; the sky sent his greetings full of starts, I had never seen a sky like that, it was more than overwhelming.
The sun came up on Sunday morning. Life is amazing and full of small and unique moments. Then, we got to visit the Piedad Isla ethnographic museum, where the culture and the way of life of the ancestors were explain to me.
Small towns can show you the very unadulterated culture and authentic way of life, sometimes more that the “touristic” cities. Arbejal and Cervera are two jewels worth the visit.
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