The Regattas of San Sebastian

From Alex and Mark stop in San Sebastián in the Basque Country to witness one of the city’s most cherished festivals – La Bandera de la Concha. The annual rowing regatta is a celebration of the ancient Basque tradition of rowing…and an excuse for some Basque bacchanalia. Check out the video to join us … Continue reading

War and Peace in the Basque Country

Old Basque Dude

Thirty Basque men, women, children and seniors stand in the rain silently, forming a long human chain in front of the Kursaal Building in San Sebastian. The modern, stylish building stands triumphantly over the beach and the old town, a physical symbol of the Basque people’s opening their doors to the world and a peaceful … Continue reading

Expat Guide to the Basque Country:

Originally published here at The Basque Country is one of Spain’s most distinctive regions. Tucked between the green Pyrenees and the rugged Atlantic coast, this is the homeland of the Basques, one of the oldest cultures in Europe and speakers of a language related to no other on Earth. These ancient roots have evolved … Continue reading

Donostia Dive Bars – Night Life in San Sebastián, Spain

Originally Published on MatadorNights San Sebastian, Spain is an elegant city. These places are not. This guide will show you a grittier side of Spain’s most elegant seaside city that most tourists don’t see. San Sebastian (called Donostia in Basque) is at once very touristy and extremely local. Foreigners and donostiarras tend to run in … Continue reading

Review: “The Oath” @ San Sebastian Film Fest 2010

The Oath Country of Origin: USA Directed by: Laura Poitras Any trip to a European film festival would be incomplete without the mandatory anti-Bush documentary, and I was lucky to discover that The Oath took up that charge even two years since W. went back to Texas. But The Oath was not what I expected … Continue reading

Review: “Buried” @ San Sebastian Film Fest 2010

I saw some great movies and some rather horrible ones.  Let’s start with the bad ones. Buried Country of Origin: Spain Director: Rodrigo Cortés Starring: Ryan Reynolds This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen in my life. It was produced and directed by in Spain, starred American actor Ryan Reynolds, and … Continue reading

The San Sebastian International Film Festival

  With this crazy apartment search was going on, I had little time to write about one of the best things I’ve experienced so far – the San Sebastian International Film Festival. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time – I even booked my plane tickets so that I could arrive right before … Continue reading

Where are the Basques?

After two weeks of living here in San Sebastian I’m finding myself in an unexpected predicament – I don’t have a single friend who is actually from San Sebastian. I’ve got tons of new friends, but every one of them is a foreigner.  Even my apartment has only one Spaniard, but she wasn’t born here … Continue reading