HOLA! welcome to our journal.

In this magazine, we want to share with you a little bit of our land. Our intention is to invite  as many friends as possible to write about Spain, so we have different points of view.  We would love to hear from you, so please feel free to leave us your oppinion. And if you like any of our articles, please share them!

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, although...

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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...

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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 he...

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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...

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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 - which...

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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...

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POWERFUL QUEENS OF NAVARRA: LEONOR

POWERFUL QUEENS OF NAVARRA: LEONOR

Navarre is the region I call home. Situated on the western side of the Pyrenees, the mountain range that separates Spain from France, the Kingdom of Navarre has been a key player in the history of Spain since the Middle Ages. You have to understand that we controlled...

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POWERFUL QUEENS OF NAVARRE: TODA

POWERFUL QUEENS OF NAVARRE: TODA

Navarre is the region I call home. Situated on the western side of the Pyrenees, the mountain range that separates Spain from France, the Kingdom of Navarre has been a key player in the history of Spain since the Middle Ages. You have to understand that we controlled...

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Fashion on the change!

Fashion on the change!

It seems that this pandemic has its days numbered, soon we will be back to normal, or at least back to a “new normal”. But what will this idea of a new normal look like? All along in history after a crisis of this magnitude, be it a world war or a global pandemic,...

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Art on the change!

Art on the change!

It seems that this pandemic has its days numbered, soon we will be back to normal, or at least back to a “new normal”. But what will this idea of a new normal look like? All along in history after a crisis of this magnitude, be it a world war or a global pandemic,...

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Literature on the change!

Literature on the change!

It seems that this pandemic has its days numbered, soon we will be back to normal, or at least back to a “new normal”. But what will this idea of a new normal look like? All along in history after a crisis of this magnitude, be it a world war or a global pandemic,...

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Just another Love Story

Just another Love Story

As far as I can remember, it was in the spring of 1986 when I fell in love for the very first time.  I was 16 years old,  and her name was Ma… well let's call her Kathy.She was the love of my life!Back then, I was going to an only boys’ Catholic school. I was a very...

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La Perla Hotel. Home away from Home

La Perla Hotel. Home away from Home

Hotel La Perla is by far, the best hotel in Pamplona. If we talk about location, it is unbeatable. Located in Plaza del Castillo number 1, La Perla is at the heart of the city. If we talk about comfort, it touches perfection. It´s 44 rooms combine history and modern...

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5 movies based on Hemingway´s books

5 movies based on Hemingway´s books

One of America’s most prolific and celebrated writers to change the literary landscape is undeniably Ernest Hemingway. His roots in fictional writing were based on his strengths as a journalist—factually stated, to-the-point, and impactful words carefully crafted to...

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Spanish driving license

Spanish driving license

2020 has been the strangest year ever. It started as any other year, but in March it all changed. In my family we have had more changes, in this case, driving changes. My 84-year-old father in law has returned his driving license, while my 18 years old daughter just...

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Truffle, the black gold

Truffle, the black gold

If there is a mushroom that deserves to be in all history books, that should be the Truffle. We have records from the Mesopotamian Empire (3000 BCE) where the Sumerians would eat truffles. In Egypt, there are hieroglyphs talking about offering them to the Gods. Greeks...

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Traveling in COVID times

Traveling in COVID times

I guess this COVID 19 issue is going to be around for a while, and we better get used to this “new normal”. To tell you the truth I don't like it. In fact, I hate it! Right now, we (tour guides) should be in our high season but unfortunately this year we are just...

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Polvorón, a very Spanish Xmas Candy

Polvorón, a very Spanish Xmas Candy

It is Xmas time and all around the world we start looking in our grandma´s recipe book for the traditional and super loved family recipes.   In Spain we cook POLVORON.  The first time any one wrote about polvorón was on the XVI century, it was an inventory of...

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Is it really looking a lot like Christmas?

Is it really looking a lot like Christmas?

Home is finally decoratedand looks like Christmas. The Nativity scene is in the middle of the living room, the tree cannot welcome any more ornaments and we even have some snow in the streets. As every year in December, the Advent calendar opens every single morning...

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Olentzero, the Basque Santa

Olentzero, the Basque Santa

Olentzero Night in the Basque country - AITA (dad), WHERE IS MY BERET? - I don´t know, I left it on your bed along with your black shirt, the ship skin and your blue bandana. Lucas, you better find the beret fast, I am leaving in five minutes. Girls are you ready? -...

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5 beauty products for a male traveler.

5 beauty products for a male traveler.

Let me make this clear, if you are a girl you should stop reading this article right now. This post is not for you, this is for the men in your life. Thanks for sharing with them. We are going to be talking about male beauty products. Hi guys, don´t you think it is...

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Spanish educational system

Spanish educational system

Education in Spain has been a big thing for the last 40 years. By law, a kid  has to attend school from the age of 6 until 16. By the time they have finished these mandatory 10 years, they are required to have attained a minimum level in Mathematics, World History and...

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THE AMAZING LIFE OF SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER

THE AMAZING LIFE OF SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER

My mother and my grandmother were born in the village of Javier. Saint Francis´ birth place. Some time ago, I asked my mom to write about her love for Saint Francis Xavier. Here is what she handed me. I love it!! I spent all the summers of my childhood in Javier,...

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Pamplona´s Cathedral

Pamplona´s Cathedral

At the highest point in Pamplona (Spain), we find the magnificent city Cathedral, an amazing temple from the 15th Century, consecrated in honor of the Holy Mary. Her name is Santa María la Real (The Royal Holy Mary) The façade is probably not the most impressive part...

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My Aunt was a Witch!

My Aunt was a Witch!

When we think about a witch, what normally comes to mind is an ugly, old woman with a wart on the tip of her nose, casting spells over a boiling pot. At least, this is the way Hollywood has portrayed them. It is 100% different from what we consider a witch in the...

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The 5  best movies to understand Spain

The 5 best movies to understand Spain

Here you can find 5 movies that will help you understand Spanish history. I have organized them in historical order, rather than by date of release. Click on the links to watch the trailer or an excerpt from the movie.Movie #1   EL CIDIf anybody from Spain sees that I...

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Democracy in Spain

Democracy in Spain

The word democracy comes from the ancient Greek word demokratia, “demos” means people + “kratos” means rule. So, democracy means a government ruled by the people. Here in Spain, Democracy is a new word for us. We have only lived in a democracy since 1975.  ...

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OTAZU THE BEST WINERY IN THE NORTH OF SPAIN

OTAZU THE BEST WINERY IN THE NORTH OF SPAIN

The Roman Empire gave so much to Spain. Besides art, history and language, they brought the pleasure of wine-making. We have 96 different appellations of origin (in Spain, we say Denominación de Origen, or D.O.), and each one of them has its own personality. You find...

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Walking the CAMINO will change your life

Walking the CAMINO will change your life

What is the Camino de Santiago? Where does it start? Who was Santiago? What is the motivation to pilgrimage for over 600 miles? ....  So many questions!  I am going to tell what I have learned about it. I have walked it twice, and as soon as I can, I will go there...

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Try to survive the running of the bulls

Try to survive the running of the bulls

Ok let´s face it, when you think about Pamplona, the first thing that comes to mind is the non-stop party that we have between July 6th and July 14th, but your second thought should be, how on earth, you do the running of the bulls. I hope you don´t need any advice in...

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COVID19 strange times

COVID19 strange times

This COVID 19 has changed many things in the way we relate to people. It has created social distancing. Has made the world wear facemasks, now we don´t get to see facial expressions any more. I hate all of these things. I guess I am very Mediterranean, and I need...

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At Traveling Steps, we are traveling green

At Traveling Steps, we are traveling green

We’re doing our best to make Traveling Steps an environmentally friendly company. Let´s try traveling green! What will happen if pollution continue growing at this rate? The rubbish is already a tremendous problem for our planet. That’s why, at Traveling Steps we feel...

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