Itzultzailea: Leire Madariaga

Ruth Rieckehoff blog interesgarri bat idazten du bere bidaien inguruan, Tanama Tales, zein gainera argazki bikainez josia dagoen. Egindako bidaiek, munduan dauden herrialdeen %17 ezagutzera eraman dute. Bisitatutako herrialdeetako bat, nahiz eta estatistika horietan honela ez agertu, Euskaldunen Herrialdea da. Ez da zaila deskubritzea, bidai horretan euskal herria bisitatzean, Pirineoen alde batetik eta bestetik, kultura, izaera eta ezaugarri propioak dituen herrialdea ezagutu izan duela.

Bere blogean gure herrialdera egindako bisitari buruzko 5 sarrera ditu, hauek hemen bilduko ditugu. Komentario honen izenburutzat, berak eta bere gizonak taxista donostiar bati hiri honetara heltzean Frantziako muga urrun badagoen galderari erantzutakoa erabili dugu- Honek zera erantzun zuen:

“I know what you are referring to.  We are XX km from the border.  But, in reality France starts further away.  The place you are referring to is still Basque Country.”

“Badakit zer esan nahi duzun. Mugatik XX kilometrotara gaude. Baina, benetan Frantzia urrunago dago. Adierazitako lekua oraindik Euskal Herria da.”

Erantzun honek Euskal Kosta bisitatzera eraman zituen, eta hauek eta baita hauen irakurleei Donibane Lohizune (San Juan de Luz) deskubritzera eramanez. Euskal penintsular batek Euskal Herri kontinentala adierazteko erantzuna, zein konplementu bikaina den euskal kontinental (Ainhoarena) batek Euskal Herri penintsularra adieraziz britaniar kazetari bati emandakoa: No. Not Spain, It’s Basque“.

Ruth Rieckehoff gure herrialdea bisitatu ostean honekin maiteminduta geratzen diren bidaiarien taldean dugu. Sorte onez, guretzat, bidaiari hauetako askok beraien esperientzia kontatzeko blogak dituzte. Hauen sarrerekin batera dauden komentarioek adierazten dutenez, interes handia piztu izan dute bidai hauek irakurleen artean. Ziur gaude hauetako askok Ruth Rieckehoff-en pausuak jarraituz gure herrialdea bisitatuko dutela.

Berriro bisitatzera animatu besterik ez dugu. Asko ikusteko, bisitatzeko eta disfrutatzeko dugu gure herrialdean.

Tanama Tales – 9/5/2016 – USA

Saint Jean de Luz: Pure Basque Charm

San Juan de Luz Tanama Tales
San Juan de Luz Tanama Tales

I suffer from the over planning syndrome.  Before visiting a place, I build a three pages list of things to do, see and eat.  Then, when I am in the actual place, I start to worry about not having time to complete the “magic” list. During the last couple of years, I have exercised some self-control and have been able to leave some wiggle room here and there on my final plans. On my last visit to Spain, we planned to move quite a bit between cities, in a two weeks period.  That is why I stopped the urge to fill the days with side trips and excursions.  “Let’s absorb the vibe of the city,” was the motto of the trip.

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Tanama Tales – 1/5/2016 – USA

Bilbao: A City Full of Surprises

Bilbao Tanama Tales
Bilbao Tanama Tales

In my post about the famous Guggenheim Bilbao, I admitted I wanted to visit the city only to take a look at the museum’s structure. But, I am glad this futuristic building was constructed to attract visitors (or attention) to Bilbao. I arrived to the city a grey Tuesday afternoon.  I was half dead from the six hours train trip from Barcelona (there are no high speed trains to the city).

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Tanama Tales – 4/4/2016 – USA

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Guggenheim Bilbao Tanama Tales
Guggenheim Bilbao Tanama Tales

I have to thank the Basque Country. Even though it is known for its cloudy and cold weather, it gave me the perfect moments of sunshine when I needed them the most. In reality, we spent most of our four days in there covered by thick fog and drizzle.  When all hope was lost, a perfect, bright day allowed me to contemplate the views from Mount Igueldo in San Sebastian.

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Tanama Tales – 7/3/2016 – USA

My Favorite Pintxos in San Sebastian

Pintxos Donostia Tanama Tales
Pintxos Donostia Tanama Tales

Spain has left a huge impression on me. I do not know where to start in order to describe what attracts me of the country.  It is a combination of things.  Architecture.  Big plazas.  Museums.  Atmosphere.  Culture. Night life.  Inhabitants.  The connection I feel to the country since it colonized the island I come from. Food is another aspect that made me fall in love with Spain.  To me, it feels great to walk around town while stopping to devour delicious morsels.

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Tanama Tales – 4/1/2016 – USA

San Sebastian seen from Mount Igueldo

Donostia Tanama Tales
Donostia Tanama Tales

I debated a lot while trying to decide what to write about this week. After all, it is the first week of a new year. I wanted to open the posting with something special. After putting some thinking into it, I decided to write about the highlight of my 2015 travels. There are places that you add to your travel schedule because you have read and heard great things about it.  However, after hours of research, you do not really know what to expect.

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