It takes a village: Christmas time in the Basque country

What exactly is a pueblo remains a difficult concept to explain to those who don't see it for themselves.  A pueblo is a village, or a town, but rather than a strict geographical definition, it's more of a way to describe a community.  Also, it's a people or the people.  The word also carries with it a … Continue reading It takes a village: Christmas time in the Basque country

Why the Basques don’t need Santa Claus

December 25, 2007   As an outsider looking onto what is completely routine and normal in the town of Portugalete, of Bizkaia, País Vasco, España, I note things to myself that people here take for absolute granted. For example, I am constantly aware of the ethnic pride-slash-mild superiority complex that perfumes the air. I get … Continue reading Why the Basques don’t need Santa Claus

7 places to eat in Vienna

  I am back home from Vienna, and a little sad, a little relieved... happy to be home, but you know how it is when vacations end.  I wanted so much to do a travel series when I was in Vienna, but clearly, I am a half-assed blogger, and never did, save a humorous post … Continue reading 7 places to eat in Vienna

5 tips for going to the opera… at least in Vienna

My mom has been dreaming of taking me to the opera for ages.  She gave my husband and me tickets 2 years ago as a gift for the holidays and sent us to New York to go to the Met.  Unfortunately, my husband came down with a slight case of sepsis, socked in pneumonia, and … Continue reading 5 tips for going to the opera… at least in Vienna