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Dear readers,

I’m going on a screen fast for at least two weeks. Except for work-related tasks, I won’t be using computers, so I won’t be posting Little Links or Word of the Week during that time. See you on the other side!

Little Links

Good morning. I have just a few links this week including one that’s related to the Basque Country in a less direct way and another that’s not related at all, but about another topic I love: reading. Take a look: Continue reading “Little Links”

Word of the Week: bakardade

Bakardade: solitude; isolation / soledad; aislamiento

Does mid-winter make you long for some alone time, too? Time to think, daydream, recharge, or just be? Bakardade means “solitude”, but in certain contexts it can lean more towards meaning “isolation”, which for some might have a slightly negative connotation. A synonym is bakartasun.

Little Links

Hi. How is your weekend going? I’ve been cleaning, spending time with family, and reading a lot (currently this creepy novel). Here are a few interesting things I’ve read recently on the Web related to the Basque Country: Continue reading “Little Links”

Word of the Week: irakurri

irakurri: to read / leer

This is one of my favorite words and favorite activities. What better way to spend a few hours of a rainy February day than with a good book? Really, what better way to spend some time every day? It’s exercise for your brain and also a great way to relax.

Little Links

Hello and happy Sunday (and Valentine’s Day). Hope your weekend’s going well. Here are this week’s links of interest:

Here’s the program I mentioned last week about Carnaval traditions in small towns. Continue reading “Little Links”

Word of the Week: bihotz

bihotz: heart / corazón

Voted one of the most beautiful words in Euskara in a 2010 survey by Eusko Ikaskuntza, it can also be a girl’s name. It’s the organ associated with emotions, especially love, and also with character (having a good heart).

There are many sayings in Basque with this word and one I like is bihotza eta begiak beti gazte. Translated literally it means “The heart and eyes always young.” An equivalent in English could be “the heart never grows old.” (source) It’s a lovely thought and I hope is true for me in the future.

Little Links

Hey there, how was your week? I’ve been very busy with one of my other pursuits, the cello, preparing over a dozen new pieces for an upcoming event I’ll be participating in. I was only able to squeeze in a little bit of time to read about Basque- and Basque Country-related things on the Internet, but here are a few links you might find interesting: Continue reading “Little Links”

Word of the Week: maitasun

maitasun: love / amor

Yes, it’s February, so I’m going with a word associated with this month’s holiday. Maitasuna is the love you feel, while maitea is what you would call your loved one to say “love”, “dear”, “darling”. Is it just me, or do lots of the words that end in -tasun sound lovely?

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