The river cuts through the town; there are plenty of bridges. The bridges near the old town are low. Those downstream have to make arrangements to get pedestrians up to the crossing level.
I also saw a man in a hairdresser’s, so cool he kept his hat on.
Differences between New Year in Bilbao and in Brussels:
- Most restaurants close for the night
- You are issued with a little bag of grapes, which you must eat as the clock strikes twelve
- It is not the end of the holidays, just one more step in the run-up to the Kings on 6 January
We walked home at half midnight. The streets were loud, people were shouting and waving fireworks out of apartment windows, but there wasn’t another person on the street.