We have completed our first three days of Udaleku. This year's edition is focused on the historical territory of Bizkaia. Dance master Jexux Larrea has been teaching Mahai Gaineko from Markina, Txtxongilo from Durangoaldea, and a hoop dance from Lanestosa among others. Txistu instructor Eneko Espino and assistant Bernadette Leonis have been working with brand new students who are playing txistu for the very first time as well as others who have expereince from past udalekus. In Kultura Lisa Corcostegui has taught units on San Juan Gaua and Gernikako Arbola each with its corresponding craft they can take home along with their culture workbook. Anita Anacabe Franzoia and Eztitxu Hariñordoki are teaching campers the language of their ancestors. Bob Echeverria has taught the campers about makilak or sheepherders' staffs and has helped each one make their own. The campers have also had a lot of fun learning pandero with Alaina Gavica, mus with Monique Flesher and pala with Christian Indaburu and Christian Curutchague. Everyone has been well fed thanks to Ramon Zugazaga, Ana Mari Arbillaga and their kitchen crew. Director Teresa Franzoia, Kristina Franzoia, Elko Euzkaldunak, and the host families who have opened their homes to the 65 campers have made this possible. We're looking forward to the remaining nine days of Udaleku! You can see photos and videos by visiting the Udaleku 2014 Facebook group.
ZaporeaZ Gourmet Wine Tours
We have received information from Ana Gabriela Serra, co-founder of a company called ZaporeaZ, which means "Flavors" in Basque.
Their expertise is personalized Gourmet Wine Routes around the Basque Country. All of their routes are specially designed for small groups and individuals, because their goal is to make the visitor feel like a local.
You can visit their blog to see interviews with some of the best Basque Chefs in the world.If you are planning a trip to the Basque Country and are interested in discovering the local Gourmet Wine culture check them out.
Bilbao Travel Guide App
A new app, Bilbao Travel Guide, is available in both English and Spanish. To celebrate its launch, the app is completely free until this Saturday, the 28th of June. Afterwards, it will be priced at $2.99.
The app seeks to take the confusion and stress out of traveling by guiding users through the best that Bilbao has to offer, whether looking for tasty pintxos, a trendy clothing store or architectural gems. Each listing features a description, practical information, and the majority of the listings are accompanied by full screen, high resolution photos. There is also an interactive map of the city where it is possible to filter through every listing in the app as well as see where the nearest metro station, tram stop, or parking garage is located.
Eusko Guide also has a newsletter with to keep followers up to date about the latest news about the website as well as upcoming events and festivals in the Basque Country.