My incessant crying didn’t faze him one bit.
I cried for a month before finally agreeing to start planning the trip.
“I don’t want to be in a nursing home on living on Medicaid.”
He didn’t flinch.
“We don’t have any money for retirement. No life insurance. No long term health care. No 401k. No pension.”
“I don’t care,” my husband yelled. “I’m going to see the bulls. You can stay home, stay on the couch, and keep blogging.”
The fact that I wanted to save money for retirement, and NOT spend lavishly, on yet another trip, wasn’t even an option.
As far as my husband is concerned, he doesn’t give a flying f**k about what cash he may, or may not have, when he’s old.
“I’ll be OK,” is his standard answer. “I have enough saved.” Not according to Susie Orman, he doesn’t.
“But what about me! Don’t you care what happens to me?” I shrieked. And when I say shrieked, I mean crying like a maniac and screaming at the top of my lungs.
“I don’t want to go. I have no interest. Just buy me a life insurance policy and you go by yourself.” More tears. I really didn’t want him to go alone, but I hate feeling so insecure about finances, so I always balk about taking any more trips.
Dan Rolland lives in the moment, and what he does care about, is seeing the world, and enjoying every minute that he is healthy, and still able to travel. It would be much better, if I had a full time job, or if he had any sort of retirement savings. But I don’t, and he doesn’t.
We do, on the other hand, have scores of stories to tell, and have made people smile all over the globe. #priceless
But I Digress.
Dan was adament about seeing the Running Of The Bulls in Pamplona. Come hell or high water. With or without me.
I couldn’t fight City Hall, so I did the next best thing. I caved. Then, I went gung ho and started planning the vacation.
Thank you, Google, Tripadvisor and i-escape.com. I couldn’t have done it, without your helpful tips. Without these websites, I wouldn’t know what to do in Bilbao, Spain, our first stop on the journey.
Our week long extravaganza trip of a lifetime, was plane meticulously by me. Although there was one hotel hiccup, the rest of the trip was #priceless.
Dan, my husband, if I haven’t said so before, is undeniably the best driver on the planet. We drove through the Basque Region of Spain. In a beautiful little beach town, called St. Jean de Luz, My man Dan, finally found the Bordier Butter, that he’d been incessantly searching for.
We drove from San Sebastian to France, for a quick day trip, to see the beaches of Ciboure, St. Jean de Luz, and Biarritz. And of course, we were on the lookout, for the elusive Bordier butter, that my husband has been searching for. For 4 YEARS.
We spent two nights in Pamplona, for the Running of the Bulls, (which was so much fun) and one final day, cramming in some quality time, in 4 different towns in La Rioja wine region….Villanueva, Elciego, Laguardia and Vitoria Gasteiz.
Yes, we covered a lot of ground, and needless to say,consumed a lot of jamón, vino, and Bordier Butter. Yes, we found one bar. One bar only!
After all of my whining and complaining (do you see a pattern here), I have to admit, this was one of our “Trips Of A Lifetime.” Because that’s how we roll. And we roll pretty good.
I invite you to travel along with us, on my blog, while you sit home and admire your 401k statement:-)
First stop: Bilbao.
The best place to start a Basque region eating adventure, is Bilbao.
Dan and I were a tad jet lagged after the plane trip, but that was ok. We never let being tired stand in the way, of a good adventure, so off we went.
What To Do In Bilbao, Spain?
On our What to do in Bilbao, Spain list, was the wonderful Guggenheim Museum Bilbao which was only 30 minutes from the airport, in our rental car.
We had arrived!
We parked the car, not quite sure of the parking rules,and walked up the block, to the striking steel and metal building designed by Frank Gehry.
This summer, there are two special exhibitions in the Guggenheim. George Braque and Yoko Ono, both grace the museum’s floors with their spectacular artworks, but only for another few weeks. Check dates here.
Dan went outside to photograph the metal spider, and I pooped out completely. I didn’t get any sleep on the plane, so I was getting both tired and crabby. I fell asleep right in the center of the museum!
Nothing a little dessert wouldn’t fix.
We had a quick sugary snack, and off we went, to our next stop on our wild, 7 day ride.
Getaria, Spain. Dinner at Elkano, and a night in a gorgeous hotel….Hotela Getaria Saiaz.
Stay Tuned for Day 2.