He is such a gem. There are so many facets to him. His
pride for his Basque heritage, knowledge of the land, sense of humor,
anecdotes, and well-spoken English all these characteristics
combined translated into an overwhelmingly pleasant experience.
Although you can simply refer to him as David, his full name: Jesus Maria David Elexgaray Alonso Arteche Busto Arrospide Achicallende, Honorary Basque of the Houndervilles
David is our right arm someone we depend on
and from whom we solicit advice. He does advance work with and for
us. Although born in Liverpool, England, he returned to Busturia, Spain in 1972. It is the Basque home of his fathers family, which
he now calls home.
He earned a degree in English language at the University of the
Basque Country. David also completed a post-graduate course at the
University of Deusto in Bilbao that enhanced his expertise in Guide
and Tourist Information.
Employed initially as an English teacher, his adventuresome side
beckoned him to travel. A nature-lover and bird watching enthusiast,
he now serves as guide for Bilbao & Beyond, Barcelona to Bilbao,
and custom and private tours in the Basque Country.
We often refer to David as our Backdoor Man. If he had a different career, surely it would be private investigator. Luckily for us, since 1995 he has been tirelessly searching out hidden treasures and special treats that only a native could discover to share with our groups. David has a wonderfully wicked sense of humor, and speaks such impeccable English that we're often shocked by his advanced knowledge of American idioms.