Sadly, our main news today is about Basque poet Sergio Oiarzabal, who died suddenly on June 12th at the age of 36. Award-winning Sergio’s family asked us to spread the sad news about their son and brother. Those who knew Sergio and want to leave a tribute will find a blogsite address contained in the obituary.
Lastly, Basques All Around the World member Mary Culley wrote on our Facebook Wall to inform us of the 4th July Basque Festival in Elko Nevada. Check out Mary’s post or visit the website www.elkobasque.com.
Finally the sun is shining and it looks like spring is on its way.
If you live outside the Basque Country and are thinking of visiting soon, you might be interested to read about a new tour of cultural and culinary discovery. Set up by two non-natives, but confessed lovers of the Basque Country, the Discover the Basque Country tour promises a no-holds-barred insight into the more authentic side of Euskadi; this time, the lesser known San Fermines fiesta of the village of Lesaka.
As we explained when the group was formed, we endeavour to keep you abreast of all the most interesting goings on in the Basque Country.
The rain persists, so just as well our news can offer a ray of sunshine!
The best news today is that Bilbao has become the first city to win a Nobel prize! The Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize was launched last year by the city of Singapore in conjunction with the Swedish Nobel academy. By all accounts, the jury was impressed by the Biscay capital’s post-industrial regeneration.
Mugalari, of our Basque Tourism Blogue, has sent us his latest post. This one is entitled Some Places I Like in Bilbao You May Also Like, and suggests nine spots a bit out of the ordinary that could appeal to the more curious visitor.
We have a cracking item for you today Basques. You might remember our previous articles about Ahizpak, two American-born Basque sisters from Nevada who moved to Boise eight years ago and started their own design company based on Basque symbolism.
Our latest article about them includes a video about one of the sisters – Maite – who came to EITB in Bilbao to pay us a visit and tell us first-hand about Ahizpak and what they’ve got planned for the upcoming Jaialdi festival. Check out the article and video.
We wish everyone a good day and hope that wherever you are the weather is better than here!
Firstly, just a quick note to let our members know that group member Alberto López Palacios has written an important message on our wall. Alberto and his wife have a son and daughter suffering from a rare illness and are hoping for our help and support. For more information, take a look at their facebook group: “Buscando una oportunidad para Arene”.
Elsewhere, and despite the wind and rain – and in some places snow – the news goes on:
Pelota fans will be interested to know that the latest Manomanista match saw two players from the same town go head to head. Leitza, a Navarran town with a strong history and even stronger following of Pelota was thoroughly divided on Sunday as Abel Barriola met Oinatz Bengoetxea. But what was the result?
If you’re learning Euskara, take a look at our Learning Basque Blog. Isabel Zialcita gives us her latest tip for learning and memorising vocabulary, and much more, with the Language Learning Toolkit.
We’ve got a really special item about a new short film entitled Artzainak: Shepherds and Sheep, by US Basque Javi Zubizarreta and his colleague Jacob Griswold, about the bygone age of the Basque shepherds who emigrated to Idaho and other areas of the west. Zubizarreta and Griswold look into the hardships suffered by men who left their country in pursuit of a better life.
We’ve got some updated news about the Basques chefs – Aduriz and Arzak – who made it into Restaurant magazine’s Top 10 best eateries in the world, and remember we told you yesterday about the San Prudencio celebrations in Vitoria-Gasteiz? Today you can see a video of yesterday’s opening ceremony.
The "Basques around the world" blog follows the daily activity of our Facebook group of the same name; a meeting point for Basques to share information and the latest news concerning the Basque people from wherever they are in the world .