The Rooster’s Regatta

When Christmas comes, there is a date that brings us together with our nautical collaborators. The Rooster´s Regatta started at the hanging bridge of Getxo, UNESCO World Heritage site. The 80 participant ships departed with South winds and colorful spinnakers deployed. Afterwards, the participants were invited to a meal at the headquarters of "Marítimo del Abra", one of the oldest Sailing Clubs in Spain. This year the event gathered 400 people. We talked ...

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For a Christmas full of happy stories!

In different spots on Basque cliffs, rustled by the breeze of the Bay Biscay, grows the grape used to make the ancient white wine called Txakoli. We were there a few days ago, with a group of Swedish engineers. We visited the vineyards with José Ángel, as he explained how his family has cared for those plants since time immemorial. He spoke fondly of his job and also lovingly prepared ...

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Maritxu’s Secret, the chestnut seller

LEER EN ESPAÑOL In the Basque Country, the chestnut has been an emblematic part of the landscape and culture for centuries. A stunning image that exceeds 20 meters high, a fruit that has fed generations and a wood that has built farmhouses. For me chestnuts take me to my childhood, my first frost days and Maritxu. Every week with my allowance I looked forward to meeting her. Six chestnuts, please. Slowly, the chestnut ...

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The autumn spirit is here…

Wake up early, wrap up warm and off to the mountains! Picking mushrooms, for me, is one of life’s greatest pleasures. The smell of wet leaves, the mist that begins to fade, the noise of the woods upon awakening, the first rays of sunshine, the autumn colours, the hot soup you drink in the morning in the shelter with your friends… And best of all, finding the treasure. Secret slopes where boletus ...

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El 31 de agosto, acércate más.

Más allá del New York Times. En abril de 2015, este reconocido periódico neoyorquino publicó una lista con sus 12 calles favoritas en ciudades de Europa. Una de ellas es la calle 31 de Agosto, en Donostia-San Sebastián. El artículo de Ingrid K. Williams destaca una de las actividades vascas por excelencia: ir de pintxos. Para nosotros la 31 de agosto tiene un significado diferente. Como dice Williams, ésta fue la única calle de ...

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Somos más de anchoas que de abrazos ¡Y estamos en temporada!

Siendo sábado y temporada de anchoa y chicharro (jurel), Getaria se llena de vida con los adictos a este pescado graso. Un manjar preparado en las brasas que colocan los asadores por las calles empedradas. Buscando un rincón tranquilo, me senté en un banco sobre la playa más alejada del muelle, Gastetape. Viento sur, 22ºC, luz de primavera al atardecer… No sé el tiempo que pasó hasta que unos gruñidos me sacaron ...

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