This semester, I have entered the second year of coursework at the William A. Douglass Center for Basque Studies. Part of my current goals before finishing the PhD program are to learn the Basque language. So, this semester, I have started making plans to spend the summer in Lazkao, which is in the Goierri region of the province of Gipuzkoa, located in the Southern Basque Country. It is here where I will spend approximately two months trying to “Euskaraz bizi”. This is a phrase that, according to The Hammer of Witches author Begoña Echeverria ( in her article titled “For whom does language death toll? Cautionary notes from the Basque case”), means “Live in Basque,” is something that I am approaching with optimism, but also a little anxiousness. After all, as the schedule reads, I will be spending approximately eight hours a day learning Basque in an immersion-style house called a barnetegi. I will also eat, sleep, and hopefully start to dream in Euskera. As of right now, I am using some of the Center’s books for learning Basque, including our English-Basque and Basque to English dictionary.
While there, I hope to travel north about an hour (depending on mode of transportation) to visit Donostia-San Sebastian, seeing as how it is a European Capital of Culture for 2016. Hopefully I will be able to share my experiences upon my return…wish me luck!