Jun 28 2018

Teresita Lencina – About Bilbao: “…I had the grateful experience of finding a city that I did not imagined”

Teresita Lencina

Expert in Intangible Cultural Heritage, UNESCO – (Argentina) – May, 22nd.


While visiting Bilbao, just for a few hours, I had the grateful experience of finding a city that I did not imagined. In a majestic geography, surrounded by mountains and water, a city divided by a sea loach is settled, banks that the legendary and amazing architecture links in harmony with beautiful bridges and grand structures open to wide spaces that invite to see.

The inner tramway toured me to the most attractive spots of the city, from the historical downtown to the modern areas to find a gigantic sculpture of the Sacred Heart in the very center of the Gran Via. And further away, but just a few minutes from downtown, the San Mamés Stadium and the modern building of Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, both symbols of a city open to transformation and quality of living, to joy and pleasure.

I walked down the main streets, book stores, trendy shop and the corners that the city offers. At midday, the rhythm of the city slows down and becomes gentler. Most of the shop close, except restaurants and cafes, that invite to contemplate the city from some pergola in one of the city’s wide streets, enjoying exquisite dishes.

I wanted to live Bilbao some more time…



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Jun 28 2018

María Luiza Souza, Fernando Tuacek and Eduardo Uhle – About Bilbao: “We felt in a city were we communicate by heart”

María Luiza Souza Dias, Fernando Tuacek and Eduardo Uhle 

SESC Sao Paulo and 2018 WL Congress Team (Brazil) – June, 16th. – 18th.

Bilbao is a city for people that welcomes all. While we were there, we were invited to share it’s culture and costumes. Good food, good wine and nice places for leisure. Physical activities and culture are all around it’s core – the Bilbao River estuary. A city that is blossoming to tourism, well structured and with a strong history. We felt in a city were we communicate by heart.

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Jun 28 2018

Neil Carr- About Bilbao: “I found it a vibrant and edgy (in a positive way) city”

Dr. Neil Carr

WLCE University of Otago (New Zealand) – June, 12th.

Reflecting on my first ever visit to Bilbao, I found it a vibrant and edgy (in a positive way) city. It is clearly a post-industrial place, but one where its industrial roots still show through among the façade-ism that is seeking to move the city onwards. Bilbao is also clearly both a Spanish and a Basque city, proud of what it has been and what it could become. It is within the context of this melting pot that I offer up my favourite and least pictures of Bilbao.

The first picture is of the iconic Puppy that sits happily outside of the Guggenheim on the banks of the Nervión river. As a dog lover it is probably no surprise that this is a favourite picture of mine. However, it makes it to this position also because it is such a care free icon that stands in juxtaposition to the Guggenheim, which may well be an architectural masterpiece and hold wonderful works of modern art but which left this visitor feeling cold and unwanted. So it was nice after visiting it to step outside and have a little doggy love with Puppy.

My second photo is of the abattoir at the back of the bullfighting ring in Bilbao. It is a highly disturbing picture, even without a bull being dismembered by a butcher in it, that the animal welfarist in me dislikes intensely. Yet it is also a picture that shows Bilbao without the veneer of post-industrial, global, beige-ism. Instead, it is authentically Bilbao. For its honesty, and the love of the sport the individual who showed myself and Cristina (our World Leisure Organization Chief Operating Officer) around the ring and behind the scenes I love this picture.

In other words, while Cristina asked me for my favourite and least favourite picture of Bilbao I have actually provided two that are both at the same time representations of my favourite and least favourite things in Bilbao. Maybe it is that complexity that I really like most about the city.

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Jun 28 2018

John Dattilo: An Attempt to Stir the Poet Within – About Bilbao “Gentle paces, smiling faces…”

Dr. John Dattilo

Pennsylvania State University, (USA) – June, 12th.


Gentle paces, smiling faces

Active walkers, welcome talkers

Delicious food, relaxed mood

Sips of wine, life is fine 

Well behaved pups, coffee in cups

Bridges that connect, time to reflect

Paddled boats, thoughts to promote 

So much art, reluctant to depart

Old friends met, new friends set

Lights at night, all is right

Adventure at each turn, much to learn.

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Jun 28 2018

Douglas Kleiber – About Bilbao: But once again I was impressed with how many healthy looking people, locals as well as tourists, …”

Dr. Douglas Kleiber

WLO Research and Knowledge Transference Committee Chair,

Georgia University   – (USA). 12th, June.

About all that had changed was to see more people running, and cycling than I remember as well as more on cell phones (as seems to be the case everywhere). But once again I was impressed with how many healthy looking people, locals as well as tourists, who walked the streets all around the city (but especially along the Nervion River where the famous Guggenheim Museum stands out as a European highlight) almost every evening for exercise, socializing and the prospect of finding good pinxtos (like tapas) for which Bilbao and the Basque region, but especially the old town of Casco Viejo, are known. Of course, though, a highlight of my trip was having some time to visit the excellent “Secretariat” of the World Leisure Organization, located on the very edge of that lovey old town.

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