I was a small child, standing on my tiptoes to reach the edge of the window. I remember hearing shots and broken glass. Later, I learned that policemen were shooting rubber balls at a group of people that was throwing rocks and crystal bottles in flames. READ MORE »»
Les fetes, las fiestas or jaiak: a summer visit to the Basque Country would not be complete without hitting a local festival. Karmengo Jaiak in Donostia includes a competition to grab the ikurriña off a greased mast. READ MORE »»
Peñas or small bands parade through the streets during the festivals.
The San Francisco Basque Cultural Center throws its own festival this weekend, featuring a book presentation, handball competitions, music, and dinner.
A highlight of the two-day festival will be the book presentation of "Robert Laxalt: the Story of a Storyteller" by its author and Pulitzer Prize... Read More »