Visit to #Bilbao

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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.

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I also saw a man in a hairdresser’s, so cool he kept his hat on.

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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.

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Published by

Paul Hodson

Head of Unit "EnergyEfficiency" at European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy

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