I have a bad habit of waking up and immediately looking at my phone to know the time, my eyes barely adjusted to the light. And then of course, I check to see if I have any messages on Whatsapp (free text messaging app). I don’t give myself a minute to exit from dreamland before connecting with friends. However, some days it has it’s benefits. When I saw I had a message from a friend inviting me to join on a walk to explore a nearby park and that they we’re leaving in 20 minutes (based on the time they sent the message), I threw off the covers and hopped out of bed, got dressed, grabbed a banana for breakfast and walked out the door. A perfect way to start the day- exploring at 12:30.
Greeted by gloomy skies, we made our way to Salburua, a new barrio, neighborhood and nature park. I wouldn’t call it a pretty neighborhood despite the modernism, it feels like a post apocalypse place but someone must have thought they were designing a cretaive space. What do you think?
Yes, I like taking photos of maps. It can be handy later…
Salburua park has wetlands that were drained many years ago for farmland. Before the new development, Salburua was acres and acres of farmland but when the city decided to build on the farmland, they also converted some of the land back to it’s original habitat- wetlands. According the Ayuntamiento de Vitoria- Gastiez, the Salburua wetlands are some of the most important in Basque Country.
We were all game for a day of exploring and planned to take the easiest route, taking a loop trail but somehow got side-tracked and curious . We explored for 3 hrs vs. an hour and here is what we saw:
We sat in the observation deck for a while, not because their was a lot to see but surprise surprise, it began raining. After 20 minutes we decided to continue walking- in the rain- because rain is like air in Pais Vasco. It’s normal, you just learn to live with it!
By 3:30pm, we were starved and went on a brief hunt for a pintxo. We found some yummy ones with our third try! And I already know my legs are going to be sore tomorrow, I can feel it. Darn it! But a great way to spend a Sunday.
How do you like to spend your Sundays? Have you visited a nearby park or place recently that you’ve been wanting to visit?