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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Lean Marketing Press (21 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905430302
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905430307
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 832,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Publisher

This is the second book in our "Going Native" series. The first was "Going Native in Murcia". "Going Native in Alicante" and "Going Native in Tenerife" will follow shortly and we're keen to hear from expats living in other regions of Spain keen to write the "Going Native" guide for their home region. So be sure to get in touch!

From the Author

WHy I Wrote This Book...


The key to my success living in Catalonia has been teaching the English language and British culture to the Catalans, and having a curious nature I've learnt a lot about the Catalans in the process.


Telling the Brits things about the Catalans that only I could possibly know gives my life a sense of balance - I'm imparting knowledge in both directions. I also think that the history of Catalunya is just such a terrific story, after three centuries of oppression it's truly amazing that the language and culture have survived intact - hats off to an intelligent, resilient and proud people.


It's also a way of saying thanks to the many people I love here. Sharing their way of life has made me more of a person - I've been accepted, learnt a lot but have never been asked to give up my Britishness. Thanks, Catalans!


I also often see foreigners who've just arrived and have no idea where they are and I felt the need to tell people everything I wish I'd known when I first came here.


I hope my ramblings enthuse you with a love for the place that I've called home for the past 30 years and that they'll help you to dig beneath the surface of Catalonia and Barcelona to see the true nature of this unique nation.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Iain Jones on 29 Aug 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a book that you can read at home and it will jog your memories of the tastes , scents and sounds of Catalonia. But if, like me, you haven't been to Barcelona and Catalonia for a couple of years it offers a witty and insightful guide that you can use on your next trip to discover
new and even greater pleasures. Well done Simon !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Hirtes on 28 July 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Going Native in Catalonia is the most enlightening of reads. A resident (expert) of the region for more than 20 years, Harris shares recommendations which other writers might wish to keep secret for their own enjoyment. For example, Reus, despite its size, is often overlooked by visitors to the area but what Harris writes about the town makes me want to base myself there for my next Catalonian trip.

At times, Going Native in Catalonia feels like a lecture, particularly in the exhaustive sections on architecture. However, forget the image of a dreary old professor drumming on about the history of Catalonia. Harris is more like a groovy lecturer, entertaining his students with off-curriculum references which educate at the same time.

Harris has fully immersed himself into his locale, revealing he's become a massive fan of Barça. A seemingly natural-born culé, he compares Real Madrid fans celebrating a goal to the response of their FC Barcelona counterparts in a two-TV bar he used to frequent. "Madrid's goals were celebrated with 'Olé' and flamenco twirls, whereas when Barça scored, "recalls Harris, "the tables were hit in a way that was full of restrained aggression and pride." "The Catalan reaction was less attractive than that of the Spanish, but much closer to how I naturally reacted myself."

Having consumed Going Native in Catalonia in one sitting, I now know a lot more about the author's adopted region. And not only that the Catalan word for cold is fred. A very human narrator, admirably many of the anecdotes shared by Harris feature the author with a beer in his hand. After all, the drinking stories are always the best.Going Local in Gran Canaria How to Turn a Holiday Destination into a Home
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan Gee on 15 July 2008
Format: Paperback
A facinating insight into Catalonia, well written with sections for everyone; the tourist, the would be 'native', the curious, the historian and everyone in-between. The personal anecdotes made me smile while the facts were enlightening and often surprising, a book to read before you explore this region but also one to take with you as a reference book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tricia Hall on 30 Aug 2010
Format: Paperback
What this book is not is a rival for the "Lonely Planet" type guide that you would buy ahead of your first weekend trip to Barcelona. Instead it goes under the skin of life in the Catalan capital and surrounding areas. Where this book differs from the dozens of "guide books" available are the sections where the author takes us on a tour of the districts of Barcelona recalling observations, anecdotes, humour and sharing his experience of a Catalan life, the depth of these you would not find elsewhere.

What comes across throughout the book is a clear passion for life in Barcelona and I would recommend this book as essential reading for travellers returning to Barcelona having first skimmed the surface with a guide book and tourist map.

Overall it is a very good read and the more the reader knows of Barcelona and Catalunya the more they will enjoy (or even envy) what is presented in this book.
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