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The Guggenheim Museum

Waking up this morning was a bit tough.  We´re definatly in a sleep late pattern and getting up before 10 or 11 is difficult.  We got up at 7 today so we´d have time to dress, pack, checkout, and get to the bus by 9am.  The bus trip was really quick.  We almost didn´t finish eating the snacks we purchased when suddenly we had arrived.

The bus station in Bilbao had a place to check your luggage so we did that before getting on the tram to the museum.  The Guggenheim museum is awsome.  It´s bright and shiny, and shaped so that everywhere you look is interesting.  Kim pointed out that many of the buildings nearby are taking on similarly intreging shapes as well giving the whole neighborhood a fancy feel, opposed to the old city feel we´ve been surrounded by throughout our trip.

The Guggenheim Museum

Going in was a whole other thing.  The art inside is not art at all.  It´s junk.  One exhibit was actually junk from the junk yard, stapled to other junk and hung on the wall.  The audio guide described it well, "It´s as if two items found each other."  In another exhibit the artist loaded red clay in a cannon, shot it at the cornor of a wall, and left it there for all to see.  I don´t understand this...and I´m stunned that the videos accompanying some of the works could actually drone on for hours about the stuff.

Been there done that...

We wandered Bilbao a bit, having lunch, and really just burning time.  We both thought there would be more to see at the museum, but inside of it was actually pretty sparse so we had a lot more time on our hands.

The Guggenheim Museum
  We took another bus to get to the airport and we arrived about 2 hours early, checked in, and had a few beers at the bar.  At first we were worried because it looked like a lot of flights to Madrid were delayed and we didn´t know why.  Kim became a bit worried.  Between the unrelated Madrid delays, and our last Veuling Airlines flight she wanted to have a few beers before we left.  We did, and it turned out to be a bad idea.  Once we boarded we both were doing the pee pee dance the entire flight.  Since it was only a 50 minute flight there wasn´t even time for a beverage service and the seat belt light came on right as I was going to try to sneak by.  We were at the back of the plane and had to wait for the other 30 rows of passengers to get off before we could run to the bathroom.
The Guggenheim Museum
 

We were able to get to our hotel easily.  The train between the airport and Barcelona city center is on a different system then the metro lines, so we had to switch trains, but we exited almost directly in front of our hotel.  The Hotel Continental was amazing and was a perfect pick for our final hotel before we go home.

Unfortunatly our thoughts about getting home have been more and more present since we only have 3 days here before we get on the plane back to Denver.

After such a full day we picked up a pizza from the resturant next door and drank the free hotel beer while watching some TV.  We then fell asleep easily.

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The Guggenheim Museum
The Guggenheim Museum
The Guggenheim Museum
The Guggenheim Museum
The Guggenheim Museum
The Guggenheim Museum
The Guggenheim Museum
The Guggenheim Museum
The Guggenheim Museum
The Guggenheim Museum
The Guggenheim Museum
The Guggenheim Museum
In front of the Guggenheim Museum
In front of the Guggenheim Museum
The Guggenheim Museum
The Guggenheim Museum
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