It’s been six months since I last posted on Hella Basque.
So this hopefully will come as no surprise to you when I say I’m done. For the foreseeable future, I will no longer be updating Hella Basque.
I made this decision months ago and wanted to tell you sooner, but my friends and family have been trying to convince me not to. I’ve been considering their perspectives, because I appreciate that so many people love this blog. I love it too.
But if you’ve been following this blog, you know I also love traveling. I’ve been doing a lot of it lately, and I’m not slowing down any time soon.
As such, my life is going in a decidedly very non-Basque direction.
I’ve taken hiatuses from writing on Hella Basque before, so why is this time different?
This time I’m hitting the road for real.
For spring and summer 2016, I landed a job as a trip leader for a large tour operator in Europe. I’ll be spending the next few months living a nomadic life, traveling all around Europe, working for weeks at a time without a break. Then once the tourist season is over, I intend to settle in London.
That means no time for Basque American picnics or events. That means leaving my community behind for a while. That means not much Basque stuff for me to write about.
It’s been an exciting and interesting two years with Hella Basque. I’ve gotten more involved in this wonderful Basque American community of ours and learned from young people in the Basque Country their insightful perspectives about what it means to be Basque.
I’ve met some amazing people and had some powerful discussions with people online about identity, nationhood, family, and community.
I am forever changed by the interactions and community that grew out of this website.
So I think it’s best to leave Hella Basque as it is. I will be keeping the Hella Basque domain name and leaving the site up for you to peruse whenever you want. You can go back and read the old posts and comment threads.
This just marks the end of any new content from me.
If you want to take a trip down memory lane with me, here are the blog posts that garnered the most traffic in Hella Basque history:
- 10 Ways to Spot a Basque
- How to Make Basque Sheepherder’s Bread
- A Beginner’s Guide to Jaialdi
- Basque Recipes for the Holidays
- The Perks of Dating a Basque
- Why I’ve Never Cared to Learn Basque
- New York Basque Club’s Centennial Celebration
Thank you for your ongoing support of this creative project.
Thank you all for liking or sharing a Hella Basque post on social media, commenting, guest posting, reaching out to me for interviews, and/or spreading the word about this little website.
I appreciate all of the support the Basque American community has given me over the years.
While the Hella Basque blog will stay as it is, this doesn’t mean I’m disappearing from the Internet forever. I’m not ruling out the idea of resuming this blog when I move back home and get active in the Basque American community again. And I might start other online projects. If I do, you’ll be the first to know.
In the meantime, I’ll still be active on social media if you want to stay in touch. I will be keeping the Hella Basque Facebook Page up with the intention of posting more there. You can follow my life and travels on Instagram @hellabasque, and you can still email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need a fix of Basque America in your online reading, I will always recommend that you follow Henar Chico’s blog on eitb, A Basque in Boise.
I hope this Hella Basque blog has been a source of pride for the Basque American community. At the very least, I hope it has given you something to talk about at picnics.
Thank you for coming on this journey with me.
Anne Marie Chiramberro