So says the t-shirt of a boy we see in a village. And our conversations with a few people affirm this is so. Sure, the language is different (the Spanish phrasebook is set aside as no good, and we resort to French when out and about) but we are unsure of what else.
Grace is a New Yorker who has lived in Olot for 5 years. Her boyfriend is Catalan, and she has studied the language and the history for most of that time. She observes that there is little sense of patriotism from the people. They are Catalan, not Spanish.
When we meet our wonderful hosts, Sylvia and Chevvy they explain that yes, they are Catalonian. Proudly so – and they love their language. But what good is a language without the control? They have been to visit the Scottish parliament when in Scotland, and explain they are envious that we have an Independent government. They tell us not to worry about the language (we lament the lack of Scots and Gaelic taught in schools) – that it means more to have an independent government. We realise we take so much for granted.
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