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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! 😊🏆

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My Flash Talk!

Required of all new Automattic employees, is a 4-minute or less, Flash-talk. I gave mine in early October, at the Grand Meetup in Orlando, Florida. 

That talk has just been uploaded, and I am now happy to share it with you! My topic was a shoutout to my adopted home, the Basque Country.

What’s the difference between a ‘Pintxo’ and a ‘Tapa’ ?

I hope you enjoy it! Let me know what you think 😜

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Relax at the beach!

After works, what better way to what better way to wind-down than a bike ride to the beach? We are so lucky that this place is 15 minutes away!

There’s a steep hill to go down to get to this beach, and it wasn’t the nicest of days, but I almost like it better this way, that way not as many people show up and we had almost the whole beach to ourselves!

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National Women’s Day

Happy #NationalWomensDay to all the women and men out there! We spent last night at the local Bilbao woman’s march. The entire city was packed full if men and women showing their support to the cause!
https://twitter.com/iTravel4Frisbee/status/972077300182405120
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVjtim0UWmU
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Snowmageddon Bilbao 2018

Surprise!

I woke up this morning to a surprising, very unexpected white Bilbao! There was talk yesterday about this happening overnight but I distinctly remember saying, "Lo creeré cuando lo vea," or "I'll believe it when I see it." Well, I believe you mother nature, you're capable of dusting Bilbao with snow.

People out in the streets seemed nervous and determined to get to work. They clearly don't know how to handle a snow day. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the snow this only happens once every 50 years here! Don't waste it stopped in traffic, or at a bus stop, waiting for a bus that will never come. 

I was lucky, my morning classes were cancelled at 6:30am and I was able to watch the sunrise from a nearby park. 

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2nd annual day after Christmas hike to Pagasarri

 

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Santo Tomás Bilbao 2017

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A Bilbao Thanksgiving