Catalans Abroad

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...

Isabel Batlle Rocha.

A land of opportunity

Why did you leave Catalonia?We left Catalonia twice. The first time was in 2008, and we did it because we thought that our kids should get to know and learn about my husband’s culture. My husband is...

Mariona Mateu Carles
Musician from Sant Genís

A land of music lovers

Why did you leave Catalonia?When I was about to finish my music degree I knew I wanted to continue studying. Since I really wanted to try to get in a school with a higher level and I could only find this...

Bàrbara Roviró
Teacher Educator for Foreign Language

A land of opportunity

Why did you leave Catalonia?After years of attending the German School in Madrid, and later in Barcelona, and learning German, the opportunity to study in Germany appeared logical and corresponded perfectly...

Marc Femenia Nobell. catalonia today.

Just one of the locals

Why did you leave Catalonia?I came to Sweden as an Erasmus exchange student in 1996. I was supposed to stay for 10 months… and I’m in my 22nd year here now.Why did you choose Stockholm as a place to...

Mariona Casals Cases.
Project Manager

Straight from the heart

@Why did you leave Catalonia?My journey started with an interesting opportunity to support the work of the European institutions in Brussels, but I have recently settled in the United Kingdom.Why did you...

Mariona Trias Campaña. gemma busquets.
is from Banyoles, Pla de l’Estany. Mariona moved to Barcelona when she was 17, where she started her studies in Hair/Makeup/Special FX. In 2001, she went to live in New York for a year and a half, where she continued her studies. She’s married to Jan, from Mexico, and they have twin boys: Roc and Klaus. They moved to London six years ago

Non-stop London

Why did you leave Catalonia?The main reason was work. My husband (Jan) and I have been working in the film industry for 22 years now. He’s a key grip and I’m a makeup artist. We have 10-year old twin...