First, I have to apologize for the tardiness of this post. I have had it half written for almost 3 weeks now. But cold, rainy weather had only made me want to drink hot tea, cuddle with my hubby on the couch and make/eat this delicious cake:
I admit that my life here in Spain is pretty great. Living in a foreign country, traveling around Europe (and sometimes Africa!), being my own boss, and eating amazing food are just some of the perks. But it could always get better, right? You see, I’ve always had this little secret (more secrets, I know!). In my head I’ve always had an idea of my ideal Basque life. And a few weekends ago on a getaway with friends I discovered up high in the mountains what would be my Basque Dream Life.
First up, I would need a caserio (a Basque farmhouse). This one here would do just fine. Historically caserios have been handed down from one generation to the next so I would have had to marry someone with a caserio already in their family but, remember, this is my dream life and I can dream whatever I want! These caserios are located in the mountains and in tiny villages all across the Basque Country. Nowadays that people have relocated to bigger cities and towns, a lot of caserios are used as weekend and summer houses but I would live in mine year round. I love the coziness of the caserio. It feels like taking a step back in time. The day slows down and clocks become obsolete. You wake up when you aren’t sleepy, have lunch when you are hungry and carry on with your day cuando te da la gana. And the best thing about these caserios is that most have been remodeled with all the newest features and amenities of a brand new house.
Every caserio needs a few farm animals and my Basque Dream Life would have no shortage of them to keep me busy. I’ve always imagined having horses to take for a ride in the afternoon, chickens for fresh eggs and roasted chicken (one of my favorite meals) as a special treat, goats to munch the grass and give me delicious milk to make the most amazing cheese and maybe a cow or two.
Along with these farm animals, I would love to have my own garden to grow the freshest vegetables. Carrots, potatoes, zucchinis, leeks, tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, pumpkin, whatever the ground allows. I know it would be a lot of work but I love having fresh vegetables and how great would it be to have them just outside your back door?
My Basque Dream Life would, at some point, include a few little half-Basque/half-American babies talking in a crazy mix of English/Spanish/Basque to keep the hubby and me busy during our days in the caserio. We would go for walks in the mountains, pick wild flowers and play in the numerous little rivers and creeks.
What’s your dream life? Where could you see yourself living out your ideal life?