Basques drink from “botas”

Basques drink from “botas”

If I ask you to mentally picture a Basque, it will probably come to you an image of a man dressed in white and red, drinking some wine from a wine skin. Well I guess it is mostly true. The outfit is correct, especially on festive days, but the wine skin (we call it... read more
Now I can see

Now I can see

Every year at the end of December, I like to go over the highlights and the shadows of the year that is about to end. Guess what!  This 2021 will definitely not be in the top ten years of my life. There have been many more shadows than lights.   We started 2021... read more
History of Nativity Scenes in Spain

History of Nativity Scenes in Spain

The first Nativity scenes date back to the second century, obviously second century after Christ as they represent the birth of Christ. We find this first Holy Family scene painted at the catacombs in Priscila (Italy)     We have to wait till early XIII century... read more
My life as a Tour guide – Vol. 4

My life as a Tour guide – Vol. 4

In this series of my adventures and misadventures as a tour guide I try to share some of the “fun” moments I have encountered in my 20 years as a guide. As I have done in “My life as a tour guide” volumes 1, 2 and 3, I will change the names of my guests in order to... read more
The best churros in Spain

The best churros in Spain

When in Spain you need to try churros. It is a humble fried dough topped with sugar, never cinnamon, that is the Mexican way, also good, but not the Spanish way.   It is said that churros were created by shepherds who spend long times isolated in the mountains... read more
The art of SOBREMESA

The art of SOBREMESA

So, what on earth is a SOBREMESA? It literally means “on top of the table”. But what it really means, is about the tradition we have to talk over the lunch table after a big meal. This fun conversation can go up to 4 hours, or maybe until dinner time.   As you... read more