Basque Country Blog

Save money abroad with these grocery store favorites

Share By Erin Armstrong, Tara Bullock, Courtney Davies and Anna Rae Gwarjanski When traveling abroad for weeks at a time, it can be economical to pick up snacks and even meals at a local grocery store. After visiting grocery stores in Spain and Portugal, these are a few of our favorite snacks. Portuguese Milanos –…

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Getaria: A small town filled with a lot of culture

Getaria: A small town filled with a lot of culture

Share With a constant sea breeze, sweeping ocean views, clear blue skies and warm inviting people, I got much more than I expected on my trip to cover the Basque, costal town of Getaria. In the tiny fishing village, where only a handful of people speak English, I witnessed breathtaking views of the Cantabrian Sea,…

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Hiking through the Pyrenees: Ordesa y Monte Perdido national park

Hiking through the Pyrenees: Ordesa y Monte Perdido national park

Share Tuesday morning was met with a mixture of emotions. It was my third and final day in Barcelona, one of the most captivating cities yet. I had the pleasure of participating in the building of a human tower with the Castellars de Barcelona, watching the best fŭtbol club in the world FC Barcelona trounce…

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Exploring Navarra with a Pamplona native

Exploring Navarra with a Pamplona native

Share Yesterday was an unexpected luxury with a true Pamplona native. Isabel Carrillo de Albornoz, the manager of the hotel at the Monasterio de Leyre, kindly picked up two other Alpine Living staff members and me at our hotel this morning on her way to work. The 30 minute drive through the Pyrenees mountains took…

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Cooking traditional Spanish dishes at home: Crema Catalana

Cooking traditional Spanish dishes at home: Crema Catalana

Share My latest recipe attempt, crema catalana, is the Spanish version of crème brûlée. In fact, the French and Spanish dispute over which country invented it first. It is generally made for Saint Joseph’s Day (the Spanish equivalent to Father’s Day) on March 19, and is also known as crema de Sant Josep. Making crema…

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Cooking traditional Spanish dishes at home: Gazpacho

Cooking traditional Spanish dishes at home: Gazpacho

Share For this week’s food blog, I made gazpacho. This has by far been the simplest dish, but simple does not take away from taste. Gazpacho is a tomato-based soup served chilled. It is widely served in Spain, particularly in Andalusia, as well as neighboring Portugal. Since the soup is known to be revitalizing, it…

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Cooking traditional Spanish dishes at home: Hummus

Cooking traditional Spanish dishes at home: Hummus

Share When most people think of hummus, they think of the Middle East but because of the Middle East’s proximity to the Mediterranean Sea, hummus actually has many Mediterranean influences. Many people are unaware that Spanish food is considered Mediterranean. For my blog this week, I will be making Spanish-style hummus. I based my recipe…

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Spanish bucket list for the average college student

Spanish bucket list for the average college student

Share Whether you’re planning to backpack through Europe, study abroad or explore Spain on a family vacation, this blog will provide insights into the essential places that college students must visit during any trip! Each week we will feature a different college student who has been to Spain to give readers tips, hints, and suggestions…

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Cooking traditional Spanish dishes at home: Paella

Cooking traditional Spanish dishes at home: Paella

Share For my first cooking attempt, I made a dish Spain is known for: paella. Some American Spanish restaurants compare paella to jambalaya. Each region of Spain has different takes on paella, but I made a standard recipe I based off of this website. Parts of the site were actually in Spanish – which I…

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