So we decided to move another part of Spain. Fundamentally we realized that it made more sense for our kids to grow up closer to their family, and Barcelona was just too far away.
Regarding Catalan: thank God I didn’t make any effort to learn it. What waste of time for the kids though. Wish the kids had spent their time learning an actually useful language like German or Chinese.
Fundamentally, I don’t believe that a majority cultural group should have the right to force its culture and language on fellow citizens. Culture is something that should be voluntary and come from the people, not imposed by the government. What makes it even more ridiculous in Catalonia is that the canon of Catalan culture is basically a Romantic re-invention of a medieval culture that never really existed.
I’m happy I don’t need to waste any more energy with this whole stupidity, and don’t even get me started on independence.
Anyway, I look forward to getting my school communications in Spanish. Last year the principal gave the introduction speech in Catalan, despite claiming to be an international school. Apparently a bunch of Catalan parents thought it would be unbearable to listen to the speech in Spanish, and would rather have the international parents not understand a word.
I also look forward to a much lower cost of living. I’ll make sure to point out to all my Catalan friends that my autonomous region is most grateful for Catalonia's fiscal contribution.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t feel bitter. We had a fun seven years. I just feel relieved that I won’t need to worry about this stuff anymore.