Bilbao Bombshell

Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Salthill

Dear Aisling,

How are you? I hope you are well. It has been a long time since I saw you last. I have decided to send you this letter to catch up with you the old fashioned way! I am writing this letter soaking up the sun beside the pool in Bilbao.

I got the airplane for the first time ever to get here. I was really nervous, partly because lots of the movies I watch are about planes falling out of the sky or bad things that happen going through security! I actually really enjoyed it. The fact that we were flying 38,000 feet above the ground was exhilarating and serene at the same time! We rented a car at the airport. It is really hot here. One day it even got to 40 degrees! It was the hottest weather I have experienced in my whole life. Well, it’s not that hard to say considering we live in Ireland! I have the best news to tell you, but that can wait until later. We visited the Guggenheim Museum first. The artworks that were displayed there were fascinating and beautiful. For the Day of the Dogs or Día de Los Perros in Spanish, the museum constructed a giant dog made out of flowers. It was the coolest thing I have ever seen! We stayed in an Airbnb. It was an apartment just outside the Bilbao city centre.

Bilbao is probably the coolest and most beautiful city I have ever visited to this day. We also did some shopping, ascended Funicular de Artxanda, a cable car in Bilbao, visited some caves in Santander and visited San Sebastián. We stayed in Bilbao for three days. I really wanted to visit San Mamés, a world-famous rugby stadium but there wasn’t enough time to explore this amazing city.

On the third day, we left Bilbao and headed north to Biarritz, in the south of France, where we are now. We are staying in a campsite which has a big pool, beside which I am writing this letter. Here, we have visited the city of Biarritz, gone shopping, swam in the pool and relaxed. Now I will come to my big news! As we were walking the streets of Biarritz, I recognised a group of boys not much older than me. I thought it was odd, considering the fact I was in a different country. The boys looked lost and as I made my way over to them to see if they needed help, one of the boys turned around. I knew immediately why I recognised them. The boy was Daniel Seavey so I knew the rest of them must be the rest of Why Don’t We! I actually stopped in my tracks. They noticed me staring at them and I looked away, embarrassed. But Daniel came over to me and asked me for directions. Luckily, I had a map. I ended up helping them find their way to their concert venue that night. I got a picture with them, of course, but as a thank you for helping them, they gave me two tickets to their concert that night in the city! That night, my sister and I went to their concert, danced all night and had the best time of our lives!

I hope to see you soon.

With best wishes, Muireann