Bob Cooper’s latest “Five Places” article in the San Francisco Chronicle spotlights the “Basque Spirit Far from Home.” Here’s the lead:

“They’ve been a culture without a country for so long, it’s little surprise that pockets of Basque life can be found throughout the West. They began arriving in the 1800s from Basque country, which straddles Spain and France, mostly to become shepherds. Most of the shepherds’ winter boardinghouses are gone now, but not the Basque food, music and spirit.”

Read the entire story here.