A native of the mountains of Appalachia, I was drawn to the those hills all around in the Basque region, both those in the landscape and those spray painted on the city walls. I felt an affinity for the region, half-jokingly calling it “the Appalachia of Spain.” There was something about the stricture and the joy, the intergenerational gathering, the communal music and meals that feels to me borne of a cooperative necessity, of the need to pull together in hard times, when you have nothing but your people and the hills around you. And so, this short video is my love note — a post card in image and song — sent from the mountains here in Kentucky that so many of us are fighting to save, to that place an ocean away that was so different but still felt so close to home.
Post, photos, and audio slideshow by Sara Dillon Pennington.
This post is part of a series by American community and business leaders who visited Mondragón, Spain, home to a 100,000 employee-strong worker-owned cooperative, from July 17th to 23rd.