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Working on Christmas Eve, could be worse!

When you chose to work on Christmas Eve, it could be worse!ย Thanks to being a remote worker, and some nice Christmas weather, this was my work spot for a few hours.

Photo taken at the Playa de Azkorri, Basque Country, Spain. Also posted to Automattic’s Office Today blog, which inspired me to post here as well.

Alright, back to work!

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Sua the dog – An adoption story

On October 29, 2019 our family grew by 50%. His name is Sua, and he’s an amazing addition to the fam.

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Basque Country Bilbao Blog Food

New BBQ and Women’s World Cup Watch Party

What better occasion to test out a new grill then invite friends over and watch ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ vs ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ play in a World Cup knockout game?

Video thanks to @deabrujauna’s Instagram.
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Basque Country Bilbao Blog Europe Hiking

After work relaxation

Azkorri edo Gorrondatxe Bizkaiko hondartza da

There is no better way to unwind after sitting in front of a computer, than a relaxing walk to the beach.

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Basque Country Blog Europe Food

Fruits of our Labor

One of our favorite things about our new house is the small backyard we have, including a small area of earth, just big enough for a little vegetable garden.

An assortment of goods

  • Carrots
  • Rainbow Chard
  • Lemons

Rainbow Chard

Special thanks to my mom who helped us plant this winter crop while she was visiting.

Here it is! The patch on the left is the garden, and fruit trees on the left.

Some of it was turned into a yummy yellow veggie curry!


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Basque Country Bilbao Blog Europe Manifestaciones

International Women’s Day in Bilbao

Last Friday was International Women’s Day, and there is no place that does it bigger than Bilbao. One of the things that I love about this place is how socially active everyone is. There are many causes that people hit the streets for: ensuring pensions don’t disappear, labor rights, and on this day, women’s rights.

For all of the demonstrations, or manifestaciones that I have witnessed in Bilbao, there is none quite like the #8M, or the eighth of March. Just check out how packed the streets were.

And of course, there was some amazing signage:

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Saturday Stroll Through Armintza

We woke up a few Saturdays ago without a plan, and said, what should we do today? We ended up in beautiful Armintza. It wasn’t a sunny day, and even rained a bit, but we still had an amazing time! I feel so lucky to live so close to the ocean!ย 

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Local “Pelota Mano” (Handball) Championships

We recently had the pleasure of attending the local “Pelota Mano”, or “Handball” championships. Now this isn’t like the Handball you watch in the Olympics, this is Basque style handball.

It is played on a court similar to Racquetball, but much bigger, and only has two sides. You can read more about the rules from Wikipedia.

This was the local championships for Berango, the small town outside of Bilbao where I live. Check it out:

First was the double’s final
Followed by the Single’s final

Be sure to watch those videos with the sound on, because the sound the ball makes when it hits their hands is almost the same as when it bangs against the wall. Check out what their hands look like afterwards:

And of course, a picture with the winner! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ†