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dimecres, d’octubre 20, 2004

Catalan vs Spanish...

Hola!

Me and Inger did this assignment together last week. We asked 6 persons, mostly persons at school. We asked them if they felt Catelan or Spanish and if they wanted Catalonia to be independent from the rest of Spain. We both thought the assignment was interesting and found out that most of them felt Catelan but that they felt different when it comes to the independence. But I also have to mention that we had some language problems, but I think we understood the most.

A teacher at school (we forgot to ask his name) had a strong Catalan feeling and felt very Catalan. He has been living in Barcelona all his life, his family as well. He talked a bit about the importance of Catalonia`s language, culture and history and also that he wanted Catalonia to be independent from the rest of Spain. He thought that Catalonia was different from the rest of Spain. “People living in Catalonia are thinking in an other way”, he said. He also mentioned the economy of Catalonia, that they have a rich economy.

The “receptionist” at the first floor at our school felt also Catelan and she did identify herself with a Catelan woman. She has been living in Catalonia her whole life, and as she said; “she felt Catelan in her heart”. The question about the independence of Catalonia she didn`t say that much, but she said it was interesting, but not necessary for her with independence.

Finally we asked a student at our school. She has, as the two others, also been living in Barcelona her whole life. But she felt both Catelan and Spanish. She didn`t like the thought of Catalonia beeing independence from the rest of Spain, she prefered to be a part of Spain. But she really wanted the Catelan language to be official and she also said she felt that the Catelan language got discriminated from the rest of Spain and also from spanish talking countries in South-Amerika.


Have a nice day :)

dimarts, d’octubre 05, 2004

Barcelona...

Hola!!

I have been in Barcelona for 2 months now, something I can´t believe because the time has gone so fast. I have taken a spanish course for 5 weeks at Enforex together with the norwegians in class. After the spanish course we had a week off and then we travelled to Valencia and also visited some friends in Alicante. Valencia is a beautiful city, I really recommend you to go there sometime!

Back home, before I left to Barcelona I was so excited over this opportunity to study in this city. That I was going to stay in Barcelona for almost 5 months made me feel so glad. I like to travel alot and also experience new places and since I had been thinking for a long time about taking a semester abroad I thought Barcelona would be a great choice -and it was :) I like this city alot and before coming I had heard so many nice things about Barcelona.

I grew up in a small village at the westcoast of Norway, but I have been living in bigger towns in Norway for many years now. Anyway, it is a big difference coming from the small cities in Norway to this big city. There are many things to say about this, but I just love that there are something happening all the time! There are so many festivals, concerts and always something going on. I´m very fascinated over this because it is not like this in Norway. The point is that it is no time to get bored in Barcelona!! I´m also glad I have experienced both "Festa major de Gracia" and "La Merce" -it was great!
On the other hand I don´t feel that Barcelona is that huge city, if you know what I meen. I expected it to maybe be even more crowded, caotic and also bigger distances between places, so that suppriced me a bit.

But before coming I had also heard of the "mañana-thinking" and also that it is a lot of criminality in Barcelona. I got the impression that everything in Barcelona and generally in Spain was mañana and also that Barcelona kind of was a dangerous city. I don´t feel like this at all. Of course it is crime going on here as well, as in other big cities. But I don´t feel it is a dangerous city, not more than other big cities. I guess I feel like this because in the beginning I was thinking alot about this and afraid to get robbed. But now I feel all relaxed about it and know I just have to "follow" some roules. Another thing that supprised me is the "mañana-thinking". I know that in some cases they are a bit "slow", but not as much mañana I thought they would be.

This was some of my expectations and experiences about Barcelona. I know I´m going to enjoy very much the 3 last months, and that I definitely will come back to Barcelona sometime, if not many times:)

Hasta luego amigos!

Mariann