On some rare occasions I have the urge to complain about something that I don’t like about Catalunya. Invariable I get a comment along the lines of “If you don’t like it, then why don’t you move somewhere else?”
Why are people complaining about my complaining? If I can't pseudo-anonymously complain on my own blog, what's the point of it all?
Well, if we really hated it here, we wouldn’t be here. There’s many things on the positive side, including two great jobs and living in one the best cities in the world.
The problem is that many ex-pats that move here don't know how long they are going to be here for. Expecting them to immediately commit to have their kids immersed in a language that is totally useless outside a very small region of Europe is crazy.
From our kids perspective, we’ve already paid the price for living here. It was a year of hell for the kids, during which they weren’t able to participate in class and their self-esteem suffered a lot.
But now our kids are fine with Catalan, Spanish and English. The younger one is even starting to speak Spanish with a pretty heavy Catalan accent at home and says "voila" and "eh" all the time.