Our 5 favorite TAPAS bars in Pamplona

Our 5 favorite TAPAS bars in Pamplona

All around the world now it is fashionable to eat at tapas bars. Guess what!! It all started here in the Basque Country and Navarra. By the way, here we call them pintxos But, what is a tapa? A tapa in the rest of the world is a small bite. That is what it is,... read more
Once you run with the bulls!

Once you run with the bulls!

Running with the bulls in the city of Pamplona is one of those bucket list items that many people want to  “tick” off.  In a previous article I wrote about how to run with the bulls. But have you ever wondered what happens once the rush  you get from running in front... read more
Saint Ignatius, the man who changed the world

Saint Ignatius, the man who changed the world

Saint Ignatius is one of those historic characters who resonate with me, in a very personal way.  I don’t think he touches me simply because he is Basque like me, and I understand his heritage. He is not just Basque, he is a universal figure. Maybe it is because... read more
Books to understand Spain

Books to understand Spain

At the end of the 1800s, Spain lost all its remaining colonies (Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines). The dream of being an Empire ended, and Spain fell into a moral and economic depression. King Alfonso XIII pretended to be an absolutist monarch in a society that... read more
Spring in the Basque Country

Spring in the Basque Country

Basque is a primitive culture that dates back to pre-Roman times. Set in the north west region of the Pyrenees mountains, this is an ancient culture that  celebrates old rituals related to nature.  One of these traditions is associated with  the Joaldunaks –... read more
Powerful Queens of Navarre: Trio of Queens

Powerful Queens of Navarre: Trio of Queens

So, what happened to the Navarrese Monarchy after 1512?  This was the year when the Chatholic Kings annexed Navarra to Spain, but only  the part of the kingdom of Navarra in the south part of the Pyrenees. The Queens in navarra set their print in the world. Well, as... read more