Who and Why?

A Basque that wants to show you as many aspects as possible of this much unknown part of the Western world. Not the typical “off the beaten track” information, but those things that will help you to understand us better during your visit. Or before your visit. Or you may not visit us in your life, but would like to. Oh, heck with those Basques, what are they anyway?

A “mugalari” (a border crosser, in Basque) was somebody that worked as a helper to those that wanted to cross to France through hidden mountain passes in the Pyrenees. They also worked as smugglers of goods, thanks to their excellent knowledge of the land and the mountains.

From a more personal point of view…I´ve travelled quite a lot, both for work and for pleasure, and have marvelled at things that weren´t worth it BUT…they were famous for some reason. I´ve been in hundreds of tourist traps, I´ve paid expensive tickets for attractions that were a bluff, I´ve been to recommended restaurants where all candid tourists would meet…and I´m fed up will all that. This blog is intended to help you to see the other (also nice) side of places, the bars and restaurants and nature or historic spots where we, locals, feel good. And we want you to be part of it also, but one at a time, please…

I´m not a native English speaker, so please forgive me for the (many) spelling, grammar and syntax mistakes that I will make on my posts.

UPDATE 12 March 2014: I´ve resurrected this blog, and I´ve also linked it to my web www.toursbybasques.com, my activity as private guide for off the beaten path tours in the Basque Country.


6 responses

17 11 2009

Mikel, good luck !
You should write something on the Bilboa-Bilbao misspelling … I am still trying to find out : why ???
Anyway, best of luck and I´ll be following you …

12 01 2010
David Lachiondo

On February 6, 2006 a new exhibit will open at Ellis Island in New York on the Basque immigration story. It has been developed by the Basque Museum and Cultural Center in Boise, Idaho and will on exhibit until May. I have seen a preview of the project and it is very compelling.

David Lachiondo

13 01 2010

That should be interesting to see…do you know where can I find some info on the web about it?

Thank you very much for this information. If you feel there´s any other topic I should write about, please let me know.



8 02 2010

Hola Mugalari:

Me gustaria ponerme en contacto contigo para hacerte una propuesta. Escribeme por favor a igorlansorena@gmail.com.

Un saludo

22 02 2010

Hi there,

I’m working on a travel food show for the Food Network and we’re going to San Sebastian. I’m wondering if I can pick your brain about ideas and things to do and see that may not be typically available.

Best wishes and thank you in advance.

– Megan.

22 02 2010

good luck with this blog.

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