Catalans Abroad

is from Catllar (Tarragonès) but has been living in Jerusalem since last October. He teaches Catalan language at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Eastern way of life

Why did you leave Catalonia?Spending spend some time in a different country while teaching the Catalan language at university level looked attractive to me. So both the experience of living abroad and...

When CHINA chooses you

Laura is from Les Corts, Barcelona. She has been living in Beijing for six months and works as an English International School Teacher.


Never-ending sunshine

Xavier is from la Cellera de Ter (La Selva). He has been living in San Diego since 2017 and works as a soccer coach at Barça’s football academy. Twitter: @xserramitja

Marta Puig i Bosch.
Marta is from Anglès (La Selva)

A home not all that far from home

Why did you leave Catalonia?I decided to finish my Architecture degree in Delft with the Erasmus Programme and then I stayed in Rotterdam for an internship; both experiences lasted 16 months. Although...

Perfect choice

Why did you leave Catalonia?We left mainly looking for new opportunities. The economic crisis at the time was really tough and there weren’t so many opportunities in Catalonia. My husband is Moroccan...

When life chooses for you

Why did you leave Catalonia?I left Catalonia five years ago because I wanted to have a working and life experience abroad. First of all I landed in Scotland; then I moved to Jordan; I went back to Scotland...

A city that needs a lifetime

Why did you leave Catalonia?I left Catalonia for love, even though it was a difficult time in my life as my father had just died and I was leaving my mother who has Alzheimer’s disease. The choice was...

Here to stay

Why did you leave Catalonia?Because I wanted to become a professional writer and I thought this was the perfect country.Why did you choose Iceland?Jules Verne said the hole in the centre of the Earth is...

Land of kindness

Why did you leave Catalonia?I left Catalonia 35 years ago in fact. I first went to Andorra where I lived for over 20 years and then 11 years ago I came to Essaouira. I left Catalonia after finishing my...

In two worlds

Why did you leave Catalonia?I left for two reasons. First of all, because once I finished my studies in the university, I wanted new experiences, to learn from a new place, from its people, its language;...