Living in Basque Country: What I Love and What I Hate
Jun13

Living in Basque Country: What I Love and What I Hate

I’ve been living in Basque Country for awhile now, and I am so happy I’m here! While there are definitely some things I miss about Andalucía, I have felt more at home in Euskadi in a few months then I ever did in the 3 years I spent in Spain’s south. I think every expat has their region in Spain, the place that claimed their heart and is like a second home, and mine is definitely Basque Country. My years in...

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Txikifest: Celebrating Txakolí and Basque Pride in the Heart of New York City
Jun11

Txikifest: Celebrating Txakolí and Basque Pride in the Heart of New York City

  I’m so pleased to welcome Julia Golden to the blog today! Julia was so gracious to cover the Txikifest event in New York City that happened a couple of weekends ago and indulge in a little bit of Basque culture (and wine!) for me. She writes over at Nowhere to Go But Everywhere about her travels and I love her passion for all things Spain.  The heat in New York is oppressive and unforgiving. Men wipe their foreheads...

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Getaria, Spain: Txakolí, BBQ Fish, and Haute Couture?
May27

Getaria, Spain: Txakolí, BBQ Fish, and Haute Couture?

A weekend jaunt up the Basque coast led me to Getaria, Spain: a fishing village that has produced quite a few big names considering its small size. The first reason why Getaria came on my travel radar was for one of its most famous residents: Cristóbal Balenciaga, the Basque couturier who started up a fashion house with a now-worldwide reputation. The creations of Balenciaga and the creative directors that followed...

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Snapshots From San Sebastián
May01

Snapshots From San Sebastián

As much as I loved parts about living in Andalucía, (near-daily sunshine, I’m looking at you!) I am so happy to be in The Basque Country. The food, the people, the natural beauty, the culture and getting to live close to San Sebastián all make my heart flutter. This city is so special to me, and if I save up a good chunk of an expat pension, perhaps I’ll buy property there one day and make my lil’...

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Everything You Need to Know About El Txikiteo
Apr29

Everything You Need to Know About El Txikiteo

It doesn’t take long after one’s arrival to Basque Country to discover that Basque culture is distinct from Spanish culture. This shouldn’t come as a shock, since historically, Basques and Spanish are different people–but you’ll still find the odd tourist wondering where they could see a flamenco show in Bilbao (not to say it’s not possible, it’s just not at all common like in...

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Springtime in Spain via Instagram
Apr06

Springtime in Spain via Instagram

 Springtime here in Basque Country is slowly showing signs of itself: in rare days of sunshine, trees in bloom, and in the every-optimistic Basques not letting anything deter them from enjoying glasses of txakolí in the streets. I’m excited for the days to warm up and get a bit drier (fingers crossed or I’ll be booking flights to Tenerife!) so I can get out and explore more of my new home. Last week, I revisited...

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