A visit to Basque Country...the best so far
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I didn't think I would have time for Baque country during this trip, but I am glad I made the trip. Basque is an autonomous region of Spain and a minority still want to make it a seperate country. The active (depending on the month) terrorist/political group ETA means that the the police in Basque tend to have a little more firepower than anywhere else in Spain. Basque also has it own language which was banned during the time of Franco. It appears that most of the people spoke Spanish to one another in the big cities, but all street signs were in the local language (Basque). The bigger problem is that while Catalan (the language spoken in Barcelona) is pretty similar to French/Spanish/Italian, Basque is unlike any other language in the world.
English Spanish Basque
airport aeropuerto aireportua
center centro erdia
toilet servicios komuna
San Sebastion San Sebastian Donastia
On the down side, transportation was a little more difficult than most cities. In barcelona, I can go to the main trainstation and pick almost any city in the area and a train will be headed there. In Bilbao, there are two train companies and one main bus station in which numerous companies operate making it a little bit more difficult to get around on public transportation. Since some cities also have two names (one in Basque, one in Spanish) I wasn't adventurous enough to rent a car and try to navigate the roads alone. This would have been the best way to see a little more part of the area and because of that I missed out on the wine region (la Rioja). Still a great place to go, but a car would be a strong recommendation.