From Markina-Xemein to Bilbao, via Guernika… and the Peace Museum.
In the early morning, the husband of the wife that had “invited me” the day before, is angry with me, aggressive, pushed me and wanted me to pay now.
He has even threatened to use its strength (to hit me) to receive ten euros. Sad story, but he didn’t care if I was invited by his wife. Himself had problems.
I threatened to call the police to calm him down and then I quickly paid. Other guests were aghast.
But the house was very pretty, shame for the owner’s behaviour, the pilgrims were fleeing. In 50 days, I had never lived that.
I went down to the village and took some time to evacuate this dark story of my head.
Normally, I had to take my break in Bilbao and arrive in Castro-Urdiales in the evening, but it was already noon and then I got lost (thank you Google Maps).
I went through Bolibar (from the name of the village of the ancestors of Simón Bolívar, but he was born in Caracas,…). Great liberator of Colombia (hello to my Colombian friends of 20 years ago!), Venezuela and Ecuador.
Then it was a very complicated road, very hilly and with rain!
I got the chance to know about Guernika, while initially I had bet on the Guggenheim Museum. Unlike the great museums where I was invited in this challenge for you to see them, this museum wouldn’t invite me – too bad, because it was an opportunity to show you one of the greatest European centers of modern and contemporary art. But it is especially the architecture that is beautiful.
On the other hand, what I could see in Guernika (thanks for the invitation!) is even more important in this challenge: the Peace Museum.
“The peacekeeping begins with the autosatisfaction of each individual” (Dalai Lama)
Guernika, in 1937, on the orders of the Spanish Government, had been completely razed, by German aircraft bombing. Since then, we speak of “total war”. Absolutely scary.
Then, a picture of the “Tools” to bring conflicts, disputes, to a better understanding (special dedication for my mediators colleagues!).
The painting made by Picasso, oddly a command of the Spanish State in 1937, for the universal exhibition in Paris.
Views of Guernika
And after two hours of driving in the rain, I arrived in Bilbao, with this extraordinary museum/building, in the shape of a galeon!
The basque country has a very innovative architecture (photo of a subway station) by going to someone who offered me to stay this night – Couchsurfing (since a few days, difficult to be invited).
A large queue, for a restaurant where everyone would eat this strange and notorious sandwich (made of ham, and French dressing… but if they like it!).
Then one of the ideas of Cerebrum… for October 20, first world day for brain cancer research – a small shave in solidarity (for those who are 15-20 years, it’s very cool!).
And then, finally arrived to the flat of my host, Ana, Bolivian, after have mounted my bike, not really light, on 7 floors.
Adorably, Ana has stayed in the room of her roommate, to let me sleep with her sofa. Thank you!