The fiesta of the Virgin Pilar falls on October 12th, which is also the day that Columbus set foot in America. Spanish fiestas are about eating, bar hopping with friends and family, and then more eating… and it all starts very early!
Since I did not have to work, I got up early in the morning to go get some drinks with my girlfriend’s parents. At the bars in the old port of Algorta we ordered some vermouth (Martini Rojo) and some pintxos. Later we took a walk around through the narrow streets and alley ways of the old port which is a very old fishing town set on a hill with beautiful little houses crunched together. I love the old architecture you get to see here. This is something special that I think really sets Europe apart from the US.
Later we headed to a cerveceria, which is a restaurant, in the countryside towns just outside of Sopelana where I live. There we ordered typical dishes like ribs, lamb, pork chops, and a mixed salad full of fresh ingredients. This all comes with fresh French fries and some wine or beer to drink. After eating to the point of feeling like I was going to explode we had an enormous slice of pie that we all shared for desert. Later we rolled (literally) home and took a nap. Ahhh the siesta hour in Spain, it’s so pleasant! We woke up and felt full so we set off on our beach cruisers, which I brought over from California and cost me an arm and a leg, rode around Sopelana and Algorta, and then took the scenic route along the beach on the way back to the house. It was a great TEFL day!