A Basque in Boise

Athletic de Bilbao advances to Champions League with a 3-1 win over Napoli. Of course.

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Athletic to Champions

It’s Friday. The game was on Wednesday. I can’t imagine any real Athletic fan still clueless about our team’s win over Napoli, which got us into Champions League. But just in case you were in a coma, vacationing in the Sahara or something weird like that, Athletic Bilbao celebrated their first official game at the stunning new San Mames stadium by qualifying for the Champions League group stages with a 3-1 win over Napoli in their second-leg play-off clash.

Judging by the videos I’ve see so far, life stopped for for a few hours in Bilbao on Wednesday while the game was on. Hell, even Napoli fans were shocked by the good vibes and celebratory atmosphere surrounding the stadium before the game. Needless to say, emotion and cheering multiplied after the game, when players and fans celebrated the victory together.

According to The Bleacher Report, Athletic had never lost against Italian opposition at the old San Mames, and they continued their excellent home record at the upgraded venue with a brilliant performance against the Italians, which completed a 4-2 aggregate victory.

Aritz Aduriz scored a double and Ibai Gomez added a third in front of a vibrant home crowd after Marek Hamsik had put the Italians ahead against the run of play at the start of the second half.

For the winners and losers in this encounter, check out The Bleacher Report complete article, Athletic Bilbao vs. Napoli: Winners and Losers from Champions League Qualifier.

The official schedule for the Champions League has yet to be released, but the groups are already set. Athletic will play in Group H against Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, and Bate Borisov.

I was totally relieved when I saw that we avoided Ludogorets in the raffle. You might have never heard of them, but the Bulgarian team made history on Wednesday by defeating Steaua Bucuresti in the penalty kicks. Ludogorets’ goalkeeper was expelled from the game during overtime, and with all three substitutes already used, central defender Cosmin Moti was forced to go in goal for the resulting penalty shootout. He saved two goals and gave his team the victory and the pass to Champions League. I hope Real Madrid crashes and burns when they play against them.

For more information on Champion League groups, visit Washington Post’s The Champions League groups are out. Here are four must-see matches.

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Hurry! Last day to donate to online publication Basque Tribune and win an exciting trip

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A few weeks ago I told you about a pretty cool way to help Basque Tribune showcase the Basque Country to the world and win a wonderful trip. Originally, the submission deadline was August 15th, but to to some technical difficulties experienced by the website, the folks at Basque Tribune decided to extend the term to participate in the promotion until Monday, August 25.

Basque Tribune provides information on the Basque Country, in English, but in a little different way than other sites; it doesn’t provide everyday news, but instead pieces of interest written by experts and specialists in various fields including: politics, economy, culture, sports, history, society, and Basque language and a special section on the Basque Country.

How to make a donation?
Make a deposit in one of the options offered here. (Visa, Mastercard, or Paypal).

For every 10 Euros donated you will receive one raffle number for the deawing. When you make a donation, please send us an e-mail with your name and reference of deposit to trip@basquetribune.com and they will immediately send you your raffle number(s) for the drawing.

What can you win?

If your number is drawn, you will win 2 round-trip flights and hotel of double occupancy for one week in the Basque city of your choice. If the winner is from the Basque Country the trip will be to New York City.

Remember that you will earn a raffle number with each donation of 10 Euros to Basque Tribune.

The trip can be scheduled during the 12 months following the drawing date, except for high tourist season at the destination.

Promotion runs from February 15, 2014 to August 25, 2014. Drawing will be held on September 1, 2014 before the Notary Public Mercedes Hernaiz Gómez-Dégano. (This promotion has been registered at the Department of the Interior of the Basque Government. Contest regulations are held at the office of the aforementioned Notary Public.)

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The end of summer

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Coming back from the Basque Country this summer was mostly anticlimactic. Compared with how I usually feel the month after my arrival, I can’t say I’m disappointed; I’ll take apathy over four weeks of moping and despair any day of the week. Part of it was leaving my kids behind with my folks for a few days, which somehow made my return seem incomplete, like I was physically in Boise but thanks to my family’s dexterity at Facebook and WhatsApp, still back home otherwise. The other part was hanging out with my Boise friends, who are simply awesome. So I was able to get back into the groove of daily life in America with a chunk (well, two chunks) of me still away. I went back to work only eight hours after landing in Boise, but I felt like the vacation wasn’t quite over yet. The kids finally returned a few days ago, and as ready as I was to squeeze them, I felt bad for my parents and sister, who must now wait another year until it’s their turn again.

For the last two weeks I have been waiting for melancholy to take over, preparing myself to overcome those feelings of sadness that assault me every year before the fall. So far, nothing. Did I, after 18 years, finally make peace with the dichotomy of my life and didn’t even notice? Maybe the weekly psychology sessions turned out to be more fruitful than I thought, giving me the push I needed to accept my situation, to live each of my worlds as separate entities, two bubbles to be enjoyed within their own limits, knowing that blending will only happen on vacation when we fly over or my family comes here to visit.

I must admit, however, that I have been working really hard at changing my outlook on a lot of things: work, responsibilities, kids, relationships, the interaction with friends and family, even the interaction with people I really don’t give a shit about. So maybe I shouldn’t be so surprised that my general attitude eventually caught on with my efforts. It is a work in progress, no doubt about it, but I no longer drag my feet (as long) when I feel something is wrong and it is up to me to make a change. And when it’s not, I deal with those issues in the best possible way. Let’s take my kids and their relationship with my family, for example. We can’t change being apart for eleven months out of the year, but we have the Internet, smartphones, iPads and… Skype! Today, my dad became the proud owner of a sparkling new account on his mobile phone, following in the steps of his wife and daughter. Now, all of them can be individually connected to my kids at pretty much any time.

Other times, however, there is no alternative but to take the ‘Fuck it’ (or its variation, ‘Fuck you’) approach to certain situations. It takes time to reach that point and it is sad when you realize you’re there, but man… is it liberating or what? Negativity lifts and it’s time to put all that energy to work in a more productive way.

So, bring on the ski season!! Kidding, haha. I haven’t changed that much. It’s still me here, you know? An imperfect human being trying her best who, nonetheless, reserves the right to get pissed and blow up if the situation warrants it in the future.

You can now sign up for Basque language classes at the Basque Museum

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Basque language classes are just around the corner at the Basque Museum & Cultural Center, beginning on September 4. The teachers are all enthusiastic and ready to go, and with the upcoming Jaialdi celebrations, brushing up on one’s Euskara may be just the ticket.  Classes cost $65 per semester for members ($80 for non-members).  If you have any questions, let Annie Gavica know by email at AnnieG@basquemuseum.com or by calling the Basque Museum at (208) 343-2671.  They would love to have you!

Feel free to pass this note along to any others that may be interested.  Beginner’s Basque will be taught by Megan (Ottoman) Vondemkamp on Mondays 6-8 pm, Intermediate by Itxaso Cayero on Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm, and Advanced by Oihana Andion on Mondays 6:30-8:30pm.

Sign up by clicking here!

How would you celebrate Boise’s fronton 100th year anniversary?

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Courtesy of boisebasquetour.wordpress.com

Courtesy of boisebasquetour.wordpress.com

Did you know that the 100th year anniversary of the Anduiza Fronton Building is fast approaching?

A century might sound like nothing special for most Europeans (for example my hometown, Bilbao, is over 700 years old), but it is quite rare here in the West. Located in the middle of downtown Boise’s Basque Block, this building holds a special meaning for the city’s Basque community because it houses Boise’s only fronton, a three-walled court used as playing area for pelota and pala. The Anduiza Building was built as a boarding house for sheepherders by the Anduiza family in 1914, and the first pelota game was played a couple of years later.

Recently, our fronton’s milestone sparked some interest for the Boise Weekly, where you can find reporter Jessica Murri’s wonderful article: A Beautiful Room: 100 years of pala at the Anduiza fronton. Before that, the Idaho Statesman ran an article titled Anduiza Fronton, a Boise icon. Boise’s Mark Bieter also wrote a very nice and personal piece about the fronton in 2012, entitled My Favorite Room.

We think that a milestone such as this one deserves some attention and a big celebration, and we wanted to gather your input as to which would be the best way to do so. Please, take a second to choose one of the options below and let us know!

Eskerrik asko!

This september, professor Egiluz will teach a one credit weekend workshop about Basque music

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Are you interested in learning about Basque music? If so, you are in luck. This September, renowned conductor José Luis Egiluz will be teaching a one credit weekend workshop at Boise State University.

Workshop: Basque Music: An Overview
When: September 20-21, 2014
Where: Boise State University, EDUC112
Instructor:  José Luis Egiluz 

For more information about the workshop or how to register, contact Nere Lete at nlete@boisestate.edu.

About the Conductor

Jose Luis EguiluzJOSÉ LUIS EGILUZ, a native of Bilbao, Bizkaia, in Spain, began his musical training at the age of eight in Bilbao’s Superior Conservatory of Music, undertaking a comprehensive program of solfège, theory and history of music, harmony, counterpoint, fugue, acoustics, and trumpet and piano performance.

As a young adult he focused his musical training toward conducting in Vienna, Austria, with Karl Ernst Hoffman and Swedish choral master, Eric Ericson. He went on to establish his identity as an orchestral conductor through an extended 6-year orchestral conducting apprenticeship under the guidance of Maestro Alberto Blancafort.

Maestro Egiluz currently conducts a wide range of opera, as well as orchestral and Zarzuela (Spanish musical theater combining dance, operatic and popular songs) works in the Basque Country and abroad, and has won numerous Zarzuela awards throughout Spain. His most recent concert was with the Ukrainian State Orchestra of Kiev, and he makes frequent guest appearances with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Barroca Simón de Huarte of Bilbao, Sotto Voce Orchestra of San Sebastian, the Orquesta Lírica de Bilbao, the Orquesta Sinfónica Donostiarra of San Sebastian, and Bilbao’s Municipal Band. He has also collaborated with many choirs throughout Spain and conducts in the leading concert halls of the country such as the Auditorio Nacional of Madrid, Bilbao’s Palacio Euzkalduna, the Kursaal in San Sebastian and Baluarte of Pamplona.

With his extensive background in Basque folk music, Maestro Egiluz has frequently been commissioned to arrange and compose Basque music for historical projects and for dance accompaniment. He began his contact with Idaho in 1988 when the Government of the Basque Autonomous Region sent him to advise Boise’s Biotzetik Basque Choir during its formative years. His contact with the Boise Basque Community has remained constant and he frequently works on projects with his Boise friends. In addition to music, Maestro Egiluz maintains a dual career and dedicates the rest of his time to teaching Classical Languages at the High School level. He serves on several European education commissions and is currently on sabbatical from his job as High School teacher.

8 Basque mobile apps to check out

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Inspired by Spanish Affair’s (Ocho Apellidos vascos) successful year at the movie theaters, software guide magazine Softonic has made a list of the top 8 Basque mobile apps for smartphones and tablets, leb by Fronton, the first official game pelota simulator.

Fronton: Basque handball game

If you had to choose the quintessential sport in the Basque Country, there is only one. Now, thanks to Pulsar Concept SL, handball and its idols Martínez de Irujo, Olaizola or Xala have their own videogame. It’s called Fronton and it is available for Android and iOS.

Fronton, by Pulsar Concept SK

Download Fronton for Android
Download Fronton for iPhone

EITB: the TV for Basques

Basque Country’s public radio and television has its own app. You can watch the news, listen to Euskadi Irratia along with other stations , read the news or laugh out loud with programs like Euskadi Movie.

Download EITB for Android
Download EITB for iPhone

Learn Basque with Euskara ikasiz

One of Euskadi’s treasures is its language. The Basque language is considered difficult to learn and has no resemblance to any other laguage out there. If you want to check it out, you can try learning with Euskara Ikasiz, a series of apps designed for those who want to became officially certified in Basque.

Download Euskara Ikasiz (Android)

Txotx: the magic word

If there is something typical during the winter months in the Basque Country, especially in Gipuzkoa, is the cider bars. Just say Txotx! and let the cider flow. If you are thinking about visiting Hernani or Astigarraga and would like to make a good cider bar choice, there is nothing better than Txotx.


Download Txotx for Android
Download Txotx for iPhone

Travel guides? Minube Euskadi

Lost places in the Aralar Mountains, the charming Gipuzkoan coast, a generous portion of turbot in Getaria… Minube Euskadi has reviews and photos of the main touristic attractions in the Basque Country. Inspiration, feedback and a wonderful way to plan your visit to the land of Chillida and the pintxos.

Minube Euskadi

Download Minube Euskadi for Android
Download Minube Euskadi for iPhone

Sleeping with the sheep and Nekatur

One of the best ways to enjoy the Basque Country is learning about its nature. What a better way to do it than staying in a farmhouse near Aia or Berastegi? Nekatur lists a wide selection of farmhouses and rural tourism to enjoy your vacation in Basque lands.


Download Nekatur for Android
Download Nekatur for iPhone

Breaking news about cities and provinces in news apps

It is not easy to choose just one newspaper to represent a place. However, it is obvious that Diario Vasco and El Correo are two classics in the coffee shops of Bilbao and Donosti. You can find information about all the provinces and the newspapers usual sections in their apps for Android and iOS, except for the obituaries.

El Diario Vasco

Download Diario Vasco for Android
Download Diario Vasco for iPhone
Download El Correo de Bizkaia for Android
Download El Correo de Bizkaia for iPhone
Download El Correo de Álava for Android
Download El Correo de Álava for iPhone

Cocina vasca Lite: cooking like Arzak

Basque cuisine is one of the most renowned in the world. Arzak, Subijana, Berasategui… are some of the most notable chefs in the Basque Country. Apps like Cocina Vasca will teach you to cook some of the most famous dishes from the Basque Country. Unfortunately, the free app is quite limited in functionality.

Cocina Vasca

Download Cocina Vasca Lite for Android

Original article in Spanish here: 8 apellidos… 8 aplicaciones vascas

Learning Basque? Use these free online flashcards for extra practice

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If you are one of those daring souls who made up their mind to learn Basque: Congratulations! It’s going to be a hard but totally rewarding journey.

In addition to all the resources compiled in the 2012 post Writing in Basque: Tools to get you there, you can now find online – and free of charge – all of the flashcards from the first book of Euskera Munduan. Even if you haven’t had Basque classes before, you are welcome to use the flashcards, take tests online, review, play games, etc.

These are the steps to find all the sets:

1) go to www.quizlet.com
2) in the search type in NABO
3) Always follow this model to find the corresponding set to the lesson you are doing: NABO Euskera Munduan #. of unit #. session

For example (click on the image):

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For more information, get in touch with the Euskara coordinators in North America, Itxaso Cayero or Aitor Inarra at Euskara@nabasque.org.

The “change”?

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Oh, well... Looks like menopause won't differ that much from having the period.

Looks like menopause won’t differ that much from having the period.

People sometimes ask me what the highlight of my trip was when I get back to Boise from visiting Bilbao. Usually, I think about that trip to the beach with the kids or the girls night out to Santurtzi that stretched out to breakfast the next day in Ortuella. This year, however, the answer is not what you would expect. Actually, it’s not what I expected either, nor would I call it “a highlight”, but it’s what I’ve had on my mind ever since I returned.

(Reader discretion advised, TMI coming right up).

All women know that periods don’t always arrive on schedule. Even those of us who enjoy a certain regularity can experience anomalies under stressful or difficult circumstances. That’s why I didn’t worry too much when I got mine a week earlier in July, blaming it on the trip and the excitement of the days before my departure. I did experience a six-month span without the joys of menstruation when I was 16 – before I ever knew about manly love – which made it even more enjoyable as there was nothing to worry about on that end. However, when my period reappeared only two weeks later this month, no matter how close to the plane ride back to Boise that was, I couldn’t help but feeling shocked and a little scared that “the change” is already coming.

Two periods in 20 days. Definitely a red flag (no pun intended) when you’re not 20 anymore. I can take the pain of dying my hair every three or four weeks, the wrinkles surrounding my eyes (just a few so far), the growing size of my clothes as the years go by, but the realization that soon I won’t be able to get pregnant if I wanted to, it’s depressing. Not that I was planning on it, please. Can you imagine? I already hurt everywhere when I get up in the mornings, so imagine adding an extra 30 pounds to this body of mine. Let’s not even talk about the size of my boobs for the following months!

Change is good, they say, and I don’t disagree with that statement. However, I’ve never been the best at dealing with it. Change and I have a love-hate relationship and, even though the results are invariably good after it’s all said and done, the journey, oh my god the journey to the other side has been exhausting every time. I know it’s coming, it’s around the corner, but I’m not ready yet to accept old age. I just recently came to terms with some issues I carried around for years so please, nature, give me a break!

Host family needed for Basque student during next school year

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Glenna Tooman is the local coordinator for ETC International Exchange Student Program, a private school exchange student program, looking to find a host family for a Basque Student. Bishop Kelly accepted a boy from Bilbao, Bizkaia, for the school year beginning August 18. Glenna has already contacted the Basque Museum, who emailed their contact list without success.

Study Abroad

She is hoping that someone you know may be interested in providing a home for the boy. This is a paid position. The monthly stipend should more than cover room and board. The host family adults will need to submit an application and have a background check. Ideally, the boy’s family would like him to live with a family with at least one teenager at home.

Glenna will be happy to provide more information and the boy’s profile to anyone who may be interested. She is up against a tight deadline to find an appropriate home, so any help or leads you can provide will be appreciated.

Find Glenna’s contact information below:

Glenna Tooman
ETC International Exchange Student Program
PSE Private School Exchange
Southwestern Idaho Coordinator