Barcelona - San Sabastean - Bilbao - Day 5

Trip Start May 14, 2006
Trip End Aug 17, 2006

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Friday, May 19, 2006

Day 5

Here we are again, up and at em, packing the bags grabbing the breakfast (which has been interesting. I'll paragraph that in a bit) and loading the bus. We already had one ready or not here we go when we loaded the plane in Dallas, Houston, and wherever anyone else flew from to get here; and now it's time for the next. Comfort of Barcelona is leaving, this week has felt like a month but it flew by fast, only yesterday, Sagrada Familia, Barcelona Pavilion, Casa Mila, Torre Agbar, geez a lot already. So we loaded the bus and headed west toward San Sebastian and Bilbao.

Bus ride was supposed to be like 5 hrs or so. Well it ended up being like 13 hrs or so but we got playtime in the middle so it broke it up some. San Sebastian was a cool place once we got there. Got out and went and played on the beach for a little bit, so I an say I've officially seen the Atlantic on both sides. Beautiful waves, the tide was coming in so it was funny to see people in our group taking pictures with their feet in the water then all of a sudden it's up to their knees when a wave rolls through. Some random building I haven't heard of till today. Neat features so as usual I gave it the good ol photo treatment. One of the rivers or canals of spain dumps out here so that was kind of cool to see...

The housing here dosen't really have any yard space so people spend there time in the urban spaces. This is why urban parks are important. There is a place here called the wind cones that was built by a landscape architect as an urban park / reflection space / insert your name for it here. Basically a built environment for people to watch the sunset, the waves, other people, and just relax. It has some twisty sculptures off the rocks to contemplate but who what's to do that when you have cool waves and the wind cones....
By now your asking what are wind cones. Maybe wind socks.....nope
These are by far the coolest interaction with nature there is. Can entertain even simple minded adults for hours. Cone thing built out into the water to capture a wave. Cave kind of space underneath the built platform, space above. There are block to designate these holes (about 5" around or so) and about 6-8 of these holes that protrude straight down into this cave. So as a wave comes crashing in it forces the trapped air in the cave upward due to the pressure. Video attached if this is confusing, even so, it's funny, we sat and laughed and played probably longer than we should have, but back to the bus we went after a dozen or so videos were taken and experiments with the holes.

So on the bus, boring, we rod off to Bilbao......
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