Catalans Abroad

Laura Calçada

A city of diversity

Why did you leave Catalonia?It was early September 2013 when I set foot in the city that never sleeps - or never used to. The financial crisis was still kicking in Barcelona. I was reluctant to leave...

Julieta studied architecture at the ETSAB and moved to Switzerland in 1995.

A dynamic city

Why did you leave Catalonia?It was 1995, three years after the Olympics in Barcelona. As a young architect I had a lot of ideas and was looking forward to working on interesting projects. However, the...

Dolors Ferrés López
Studie geology at the UAB and had her first job at the Natural Park of the Garrotxa Volcanic Zone.

City of eternal spring

Why did you leave Catalonia?I got the opportunity to work in El Salvador on some projects of geological hazard and risk with an NGO, in 1999. I always had a big desire to travel to other places and to...

Maria Miguel Cuadra
Managment company

“They think differently”

Why did you leave Catalonia?My main reason for leaving Catalonia was the challenge posed by the language. With my diplomatic studies finished, I didn’t feel like an expert in the German language; I needed...

Eva J. Daussà
Professor of linguistics at the University of Groningen

”The place chose me”

Why did you leave Catalonia?I was starting my doctorate, and at that time (early 1990s) there were very few opportunities to get funding to do it in Catalonia, so I applied for a scholarship to continue...

Maria Hernández Reig.
Guide to the Sovtintendenza Archeologica di Roma and the Municipal Museums of Rome

The art history mecca

Why did you leave Catalonia?I was young and eager to see the world. At that time I was studying art history at the Central University of Barcelona and especially during baroque art lessons I found no meaning...

Albert Grañó & Aurèlia Marsal
Albert is a consultant. Aurèlia works in a Montessori school

In the heart of Europe

Why did you leave Catalonia?We were looking for better job opportunities and we decided to look abroad. I’d already lived in Italy for four years and we love to travel and discover new cultures. At that...

Eva Bosch
Painter, writer and video maker

A refuge from repression

Why did you leave Catalonia?It was October 1973, Franco was in power and repression was alive everywhere in the country. Picasso had died in April that same year and it felt like an indication that it...

Ruth Foust

In the land of the free

Why did you leave Catalonia?I left to start a new life with my then fiancé. He was from California and asked me to move there so he could finish college, and to be close to his family and friends.How...

Anna Jofre Vilanova
Works in a multionational company and occasionally as a translator

Holland’s New York

Why did you leave Catalonia?I went to live in Holland for love. At the same time, I felt I needed to get out of Girona and get to know other cultures.Why did you choose Rotterdam?Rotterdam is my husband’s...