Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The "eusko", the new basque currency

The “Euskal Moneta” association presented on the 16 of January bills of a new Basque currency called “Eusko” in the north of the Basque Country. This currency will be available in late January just is the north of the Basque Country.

Is scheduled that for the January 31  about 126,000 bills of one, two, five, ten and twenty “Euros” with the illustrations of the basque culture enter into circulation.
At the moment, 73 basque companies, traders, freelancers and associations from multiple sectors have joined the project.

The objective of this project is to create a coin that favors local development and support environmental preservation. This currency is looking for developing the basque culture, as well as the use of the euskera in public, for example, in the shops.

The consumers will buy the products at the same price as they would buy with euros but the supplier or dealer will provide the 5% to convert “euskos” in euro. The 3% is reserved for social associations, cultural, linguistic and enviromentalists involved in the the system. The other 2% will be used to finance this system of local currency. With this project, it encourages the reuse of “euskos” instead of changing them.

The people that want to participate in this system must adhere to the association by paying an amount between 5 and 20 euros, and choosing a collective that will benefit with the 3% of the amount of payments made with “euskos”, after having converted their euros into this currency.

Jorge Uceda

Saturday, January 19, 2013


The San Sebastian day starts in 19th of January at 12 p.m and finishes on 20 January at
midnight. This day is very important for the people from San Sebastian and the surrounding villages which are also part of this special day.

The celebration starts with to hoist of flag from the city in the square of the old town.
The representatives of the “Tamborrada” begin touch “La Marcha De San Sebastián”. The
companies are compost between 20 and 50 drums and between 50 and 100 barrels parade
during all day 20 districts of the city accompanied by band.

On the 20th at noon “Tamborrada” usually get the children. In this parade students usually
come from different schools with military costumes of two centuries ago.

There is an award called the Golden Drum, this award is usually given to individuals or legal
entities, as a consequence to work or performing trajectory in all the years which give a
positive image of the city.

The first Golden Drums was given in 1967 to Manuel Bastos, Miguel de Echarri, Guy Petit and
Guillermo Cebrián. This year if given the award for “La Clásica de San Sebastián”, is a cycling
race that has all the years to professional cyclists from around the world

Lander Sein