Some cultural traditions take place behind closed doors. I recently wrote about two of these traditions, in Ireland and the Basque Country, for AFAR.com
The Late Night Secret Ireland’s Pubs Don’t Want You to Know About: To the outside world, the shuttered pub looks closed for the evening, but inside conversation is still flowing, pints are still being poured. It all feels a bit lawless.
A Rare Peek Inside Basque Country’s Members-Only Gastronomic Societies: I was on a mission to experience another great Basque culinary tradition in this corner of northern Spain: the gastronomic society. I was told they are almost always on the ground floor (check), that the windows are usually shaded so you can’t see inside (check), and that the name of the group is commonly displayed (check).