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Young Basque boys perform a traditional dance at a festival (Paresiko Jaiak) in the town of Paresi (Busturia)

Young Basque boys perform a traditional dance at a festival (Paresiko Jaiak) in the town of Paresi (Busturia)

Paresiko Jaiak

A young Basque girl performs a traditional dance at a festival (Paresiko Jaiak) in the town of Paresi (Busturia)

Paresiko Jaiak

Traditional Basque shoes (espadrilles) on a young man performing at a festival (Paresiko Jaiak) in the town of Paresi (Busturia)

Paresiko Jaiak

Paresiko Jaiak

A traditional dance performed by Basque boys at a festival (Paresiko Jaiak) in the town of Paresi (Busturia)

Paresiko Jaiak

Paresiko Jaiak

Paresiko Jaiak

An exhuberant Basque girl in the midst of a traditional dance at a festival (Paresiko Jaiak) in the town of Paresi (Busturia)

Paresiko Jaiak

Paresiko Jaiak

An adorable Basque girl, in traditional garb, at a festival (Paresiko Jaiak) in the town of Paresi (Busturia)

A Basque gentleman at a festival (Paresiko Jaiak) in the town of Paresi (Busturia)

Paresiko Jaiak

Mendaka

The bustling farmers market in Gernika

Shoppers at the market in Gernika

Gernika

Basque men chat on a bench outside of the farmers market in Gernika

Basque gentlemen chat at the farmers market in Gernika

Basque women chat at the farmers market in Gernika

Cesta Punta, elsewhere known as Jai Alai being played in Gernika

Cesta Punta, elsewhere known as Jai Alai being played in Gernika

Cesta Punta, elsewhere known as Jai Alai being played in Gernika

Promenade in Bilbao

Walking the promenade in Bilbao

Cafe under an arcade in San Sebastián – Donostia

A fisherman trying his luck in the port of Donostia – San Sebastián

Restaurateur at the port of Donostia – San Sebastián

Restaurateur at the port of Donostia – San Sebastián

Main altarpiece at the Iglesia de San Vicente in Donostia – San Sebastián

Watching the waves crash in Donostia – San Sebastián

Paseo Nuevo in Donostia – San Sebastián

Tómbola del Jamón on the Paseo Nuevo in Donostia – San Sebastián

Portside restaurant in Donostia – San Sebastián

Pelota (paleta – pala larga) on the beach in Donostia – San Sebastián

Soaking up the rays in Donostia – San Sebastián

Plaza de la Constitución in Donostia – San Sebastián

Pouring txakoli – sight-unseen and without a drop spilled – at Bar Gorriti in Donostia – San Sebastián

A ridiculously loud musket salute in Donostia – San Sebastián

A Basque man watching Semana Grande festivities in Donostia – San Sebastián

Pelota (pelota a mano – handball) match as part of the fiestas in Ondarroa

Pelota (pelota a mano – handball) match as part of the fiestas in Ondarroa

Pelota (pelota a mano – handball) match as part of the fiestas in Ondarroa

Pelota (pelota a mano – handball) match as part of the fiestas in Ondarroa

Pelota (pelota a mano – handball) match as part of the fiestas in Ondarroa

Detail of the padded hands and ball of a pelota (pelota a mano – handball) player after his match as part of the fiestas in Ondarroa

A player unwraps the padding from his hands after his pelota (pelota a mano – handball) match, which is part of the fiestas in Ondarroa

Gigantes (giant puppets) walk the town of Ondarroa during the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

Ondarroa

Crowds line the banks of the Artibai River to watch contestants take on the climbing wall, suspended from the bridge over the river, during the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

… and what happens when you miss

Crowds line the banks of the Artibai River to watch contestants take on the climbing wall, suspended from the bridge over the river, during the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

Giant slabs of tuna being grilled at the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

A traditional dance performance as part of the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

A traditional dance performance as part of the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

A traditional dance performance as part of the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

A traditional dance performance as part of the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

Churreria Santiago at the carnival which was part of the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

An elder parishioner at Santa Maria de la Asunción in Lekeitio

Playa Karraspio in Lekeitio

A Basque boy feeding pigeons in the central, portside square in Lekeitio

Gora Euskadi at the fiestas of Andra Mari and San Roque in Gernika

A Basque father and son celebrating the fiestas of Andra Mari and San Roque in Gernika

What Basque celebration would be complete without burning a Spanish flag

A Basque man with a comically large Basque Beret at the fiestas of Andra Mari and San Roque in Gernika

A Basque man showing his allegiance to the Basque football (soccer) team Athletic Club Bilbao

An adorable Basque girl and her Mother at the fiestas of Andra Mari and San Roque in Gernika

A man labors over the churros machine at the fiestas of Andra Mari and San Roque in Gernika

A band rocks out at the fiestas of Andra Mari and San Roque in Gernika

The lead singer crowd surfs with a handle of liquor at the fiestas of Andra Mari and San Roque in Gernika

Protest march as part of the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

A clarinetist plays on the street as part of the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

My friends from neighboring Lekeitio enjoying the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa. I promised them to one day return for the Fiestas in Lekeitio

My friends from neighboring Lekeitio enjoying the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa. I promised them to one day return for the Fiestas in Lekeitio

A Basque gentleman in traditional attire at the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

A Basque gentleman in traditional attire at the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

A pack of Basque teenagers enjoying the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

A cute Basque girl, on her father’s shoulders, can’t quite muster a smile at the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

Street scene from the fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

A Basque gentleman in traditional attire at the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

The streets were packed with people in traditional attire during the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

A (young) Basque gentleman in traditional attire at the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

A traditional Basque dance performed as part of the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

A traditional Basque dance performed as part of the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

An adorable Basque girl watches the action at the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

A traditional Basque dance performed as part of the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

A traditional Basque dance performed as part of the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

A pyrotechnics performance as part of the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

A pyrotechnics performance as part of the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

A pyrotechnics performance as part of the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

A pyrotechnics performance as part of the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

An interesting street procession during the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

A band marching as part of the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

Amnistia!

A woman rocks out at the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

The Basque town of Ondarroa celebrates the Fiestas de Andra Mari

Basque boys listen to a concert that is part of the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa