This article was translated by John R. Bopp

Michele was born in Melbourne, Australia to a family of Italian origin.  She is a lover of languages and of traveling, and tells of her experiences on a blog that can only be called “successful”: The Intrepid Guide.  Plus, as we’ve been able to see throughout her blog, she’s a top-notch photographer.

Michele took a trip through or country and prepared a series of three articles for her blog.  Two of them are all about getting to know two corners of our country, San Sebastian and Bilbao.  In each case, the author has chosen 19 places a visitor can’t miss when traveling there.  We would like to point out, pintxos aren’t “tapas vascas”, they’re, well, pintxos.

The third article is dedicated to the Basque language, with a detailed explanation of the features of our tongue, 99 basic phrases (including recordings with pronunciation!), and a “basic info” file.

We love how she’s focused her entries, and how she’s been able to summarize such a complex and tangled reality as the one we Basques live.  Explaining the essential aspects of a country that’s divided into two States and three administrative entities can never be easy.  So we understand when small details, like how Basque is official in the whole of the Basque Autonomous Community as well as on parts of the Chartered Community of Navarre, might skip through.

But we can only thank Michele for her visit and the amazing work she did explaining to her readers not only what’s amazing about two places in the Basque Country, but also something about who we are as a country and a culture.

This gratitude is accompanied by our hope that she’ll come back and find out more about us.  She says she loves languages: we can’t imagine a more fascinating language for a “linguaphile” than the language of an aboriginal European people to learn!

We hope she’ll come back and visit us again soon!

The Intrepid Guide – 25/5/2019 – Australia

99 ESSENTIAL BASQUE (EUSKARA) PHRASES FOR YOUR TRIP TO THE BASQUE COUNTRY

If you’re new to the Basque language (Euskara) or are travelling to the Basque Country, this Basque travel phrase guide uncovers all the essential facts about this fascinating language and teaches you some useful  Basque phrases that will enrich your travels.

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The Intrepid Guide – 1/5/2019 – Australia

19 ABSOLUTE BEST THINGS TO DO IN BILBAO, SPAIN

19 ABSOLUTE BEST THINGS TO DO IN BILBAO. The Intrepid Guide
19 ABSOLUTE BEST THINGS TO DO IN BILBAO. The Intrepid Guide

The Basque Country isn’t like the rest of Spain or indeed France which it borders. It’s home to the oldest language in Europe, has an extraordinary multi-award winning culinary scene, and its fairy tale-like villages make this autonomous region overlooking the Bay of Biscay an absolute must-see for any traveller.

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The Intrepid Guide – 20/5/2019 – Australia

19 ABSOLUTE BEST THINGS TO DO IN SAN SEBASTIÁN – SPAIN’S BASQUE COUNTRY

19 ABSOLUTE BEST THINGS TO DO IN SAN SEBASTIÁN – The IntrepidGuide
19 ABSOLUTE BEST THINGS TO DO IN SAN SEBASTIÁN – The IntrepidGuide

San Sebastián is the Basque country’s culinary capital. If you’re a foodie, then this is your paradise. Did you know, Spain’s Basque Country boasts the highest concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants in the world? Having a meal here is just one of many top things to do in San Sebastián.

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