How to survive in Vask Country 

Not exactly an ‘Ultimate guide to…‘ because due to work I still have to travel around; but after 10 days, I clearly understand that I knew nothing about this autonomous  community in northern Spain. let’s try to fill the void!

Little bit of history

Euskadi

Euskal Herrin (Vask Country) is a nationality itself within Spain from 25th October 1979, composed of three provinces: Alava, Biscay and Gipuzkoa with Vitoria-Gasteiz, Bilbao and San Sebastian/Donostia as capital, respectively. Vitoria is also the President’s residency, as well as the ‘general’ Euskady’s (Basque) capital while Bilbao is the biggest city for population and Donostia the touristic destination for excellence, indeed the costs there are inflated.

Euskadi are known around all Spain as the Pintxo’s country! It is tradition that from 13/14 o’clock all pubs and restaurant start selling those little snacks; all different in tastes and ingredients. The average cost is 2 € each, with 3 to 5 I’ll be full, but not for so long! Typical of this zone is Goxua a dessert made of soft biscuit, whipped cream, custard and caramel to garnish.

Vitoria-Gasteiz city center

Vask and Spanish are co-official languages, but keep in mind not to sounds to ‘Spanish’ while you speak because it could be a big offence to who doesn’t feel nationalist.For this reason, while visiting Basque country, I’ll recommend to substitute Hola/Hasta luego with AGUR! Typical Euskera greeting.

Spanish for survival

That’s not Spanish for Dummies but even more basilar…maybe Spanish for Burros! (donkeys) This is going to be a little, useful, list of phrases  that everyone should know before travelling to any Spanish speaking country. Based on my personal experience- I’ve been lost in Victoria-don’t take for granted that everyone can speak English …is not true; moreover in non-typical tourist cities.

Here it is , according to what I had to face, Spanish for survival:

PLACES

La estación de autobus -The bus station
El andén -The platform
El tren -The Train
El coche -The car
Pasillo -Corridor
Ventana -Window
Parada -Stop
Me puede llevar a…, por favor? -Can you take me to…,please?
De qué andén sale? -From which platform?
Debo bajarme en ésta/la próxima parada? -Do I have to get out in this/ the next stop?
En qué parada estamos? -In which stops are we?
En qué parada debo bajarme? -In which stops do I have to get out?
Salida – Departure
Llegada -Arrival
Salir -Exit

DIRECTION

Ida y vuelta -Roundtrip
Sencillo -One way
Izquierda -Left
Derecha -Right
Todo recto -Straight
Donde estoy? -Where am I?
Donde puedo tomar….? Donde está…? -Where can I find…? Where is…?
Podria llevarme a esta dirección? -Could you bring me at this address?
Donde está el baño? -Where is the bathroom?

MEAL

Tendrá una mesa para uno/dos/tres/cuatro/cinco/seis/siete/ocho/nueve/diez ? -Do you have a table for 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10?
El menú del dìa, por favor. -The menu of the day, please.
La cuenta, por favor. -The bills, please.

PERMISSION

Puede escribírmelo? -Can you write it?
Podria darme esto/eso, por favor? -Could you give me this/that, please?
Puedo tener el mapa de la ciudad? -Can I have the city map, please?
Puedo tomar fotos? -Can I take photos?
Puedo comer aquí? -Can I eat here?
Puedo saber la contraseña del wi-fi? -Can I have the wi-fi password?
Tu hablas inglés/italiano? -Do you speak English/Italian?
Por supuesto. Claro, adelante. -Of course. Sure, go ahead.
No puede. Nada qué hacer. -You can’t. Nothing to do.
Gracias. De nada. -Thanks. You’re welcome.

EMERGENCY

No me encuentro bien/ no me siento bien -I don’t feel well
Me duole la cabeza/ el estómago/ el  brazo -I’ve headache/ stomachache/ my arms hurts
Llama un ambulancia/ el médico/ la policía -Call the ambulance/ the doctor/ the police
Lo siento/ disculpa -I’m sorry/excuse me
Me han robado la bolsa/ la cartera/ la maleta -They stole my bag/ wallet/ luggage
A qué officio debo dirigirme? -At which office do I have to go?

 

The adventure is out there!

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