|A famous basque tree stump|
Last Friday, I went on an excursion with my university to Urdaibai, which is a biosphere reserve in the Basque Country. I went into the day expecting to be exploring nature, but ended up spending most of the day in museums. We went to three museums in total. The museums were all about the history and culture of the Basque Country. After all the museums, we finally got to experience some nature. The wait was definitely worth it. The Bay of Biscay is absolutely beautiful. We went to the area of the Billabong Pro surfing competition and watched some surfers do their thing. Unfortunately, we couldn't stay for long. I guess I'll just have to go back to Urdaibai...studying abroad is soooo rough.
|Me at the Bay of Biscay in Urdaibai|
On Sunday, I ate lunch with eight members of my host mom's family. The lunch was five hours, which is a little longer than I normally take to eat lunch, but it was definitely interesting. One thing you should know about Spanish women is that they will always try to make you eat more. I've had one too many stomach aches from this and therefore try to politely decline their offer of more food. A lot of times they don't accept this and they might even yell at you or appear frustrated. I immediately liked my host mom's granddaughter because she would tell her family to stop trying to force me to eat more. She did it in a way that would have been rude for me to do, but that was okay for her to do because she is family. She definitely got the point across and I left the five hour lunch feeling satisfied like I would have been from a fifteen minute lunch.
|The docks in Urdaibai|
I hope all is well for everyone and that everyone at U of I has a fun and safe Unofficial! Until next time... ¡Adios!