Who Are We and Why Are We Here?

A Sheet of A4 And An Old Ford Escort

 
Hello. Let me present myself. My name is Georgina Howard and I am here with my Basque / Spanish / English daughter Marion. I am a language lover, (although Marion is the true linguist) and writer, and I first discovered the Basque Country totally by accident.  I arrived here with an old Ford Escort called Fred, a Spanish - English dictionary, a pair of walking boots and an idea!  My childhood was spent in Solihull but I spent many years in Copenhagen where finally my passion for languages and mountains rebelled and drove me south!
Two decades later I can say without a doubt that I have lost my heart to the Basque Country and the people of Ituren  who have watched over me with a maternal / paternal eye - (and often in great amusement) - every step of the way.

I work with a passionate team of Spanish / Basque teachers, cooks, historians, guides, shepherds and musicians as well as my teenage !!! daughter, Marion, (now taller than me) and who specialises in tongue-twisters  on our Spanish immersion weeks!  My mum, Valerie, also gives an invaluable helping hand with the admin back in the UK. I couldn't have done it without her!

Just before I left Denmark I published my first book, 'Freedom to Choose', and  - in many respects - the Pyrenean Experience put theory into practice. The second book I wrote was 'Breaking the Language Barrier' and served very much as an inspiration for the Spanish language house-parties we run today. The next will - I hope - if time, work and motherhood allow - pay homage to the beauty of these Basque valleys and the wonderful Basque friends we have found. Georgina Howard.

Pyrenean Experience - Morning misty at Baque Country Mountains
Pyrenean Experience - our Spanish farmhouse and language school in the Pyrenees
Self-guided walking wine tasting
Pyrenean Experience live music concert
Self-guided walking week wine tasting
Pyrenean Experience Basque landscape & animals

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