Kaixo! I’m Megan. And I have the ultimate privilege of studying abroad at Maizpide in Lazkao, Gipuzkoa, for a month!! I have been studying Euskera for four semesters at Boise State, and now I’m actually going to Euskal Herria to practice what I have already learned, and learn more. My ultimate goal is to become fluent.
It has been my dream to visit the Basque Country for many years now. My grandmother Rita was Basque and her culture meant a lot to her. She spoke fluent Euskera and loved to dance the jota (as our home videos show). Though she is in heaven now, I know that she is smiling and proud of her neska txikia.
Studying Basque, I feel a strong connection with that part of the family I didn’t really get a chance to know. In addition to speaking Euskera, I also dance with the Oinkari Basque dancers in Boise. That has also been a real treat to get to know the traditional dances. I will have an opportunity to dance with a group in the Basque Country, so it will be great to get a taste of Gipuzkoan dancing!
I am beyond excited to see the home of my ancestors-and I can’t wait to begin this adventure!!!