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Fear and Loathing in Northern Spain


This poor bastard (me) didn't even know it was Basque Country! Steve was the only one on the trip that could speak any kind of Spanish. Largely it was difficult to find anyone who actually spoke it, as our destination of San Sebastian was located in Basque Country.

The area is known for a handful of awesome things: A light wine with a funny name, a language unlike any other living language, and tapas (though locally called "pintxos"). It is sad that in the US we'll never get to have a real pintxos bar. My whole trip to Europe seemed like a constant reminder that we have too many regulations on food quality and too few in the places that matter.