Catalans Abroad

Anna Schlegel
Vice president of the leading data storage company NetAp

The land of opportunity

Why did you leave Catalonia?I left Catalonia not knowing that I would stay in the States for more than a year or two. In that sense, I was not leaving Catalonia. I did not know I was. It was an adventure...

Ester Gea
Ester has a PhD in Virology

Life in a fairytale city

Why did you leave Catalonia?I’ve left Catalonia three times in the past 12 years, all of them career related. The first was to study abroad, the second because I found better opportunities and conditions...

Pere Grau i Rovira

A second homeland

Why did you leave Catalonia?It was during Franco’s dictatorship. Because of my personal ambitions – all related to Catalan culture – the difficulties imposed by the regime were becoming increasingly...

Anna Mallorquí Quintana

Open and international

Why did you leave Catalonia?I left for Germany in October, 1999. It was a personal decision, to make a new life for my family, my three daughters and my German partner. Although I’m a doctor by vocation,...

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...