- Also check our best rated Travel Book reviews
Going Native in Catalonia [Catalunya] Paperback – 21 May 2008
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
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.
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
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
new and even greater pleasures. Well done Simon !
Come to Spain and integrate. I had forgotten how important Catalan is in the provence. We had a house in Argeles Ville, just across in the border in France and one time had a three way conversation with our agents, Catalan for the Father, Spanish (Castilian , we had just returned from Colombia) and English for us and all three for the Son. Great fun.
Learned many things about the area. I had not realised how interesting Tarragonia is and it is now on my list of places in Spain to visit.
Could have done with a bit less history or maybe move it to the back of the book.
I live in Murcia province. If we are in a restaurant, we have to leave if there are more than two Brit couples in there. And dont get me started on "L" or "P" registered vehicles - CHANGE YOUR PLATES!
Thoroughily enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone thinking of living (anywhere) in Spain.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
well written, useful guide by local, avoids most of platitudes of travel writing.Published 21 months ago by keith
A lot of travel guides and geographical region information books appear to me to be one step removed from reality. Read morePublished on 15 Sept. 2012 by Christopher Gamble
I bought "Going Native in Catalonia" which was advertised as a phrasebook. It is a guidebook only with a few phrases at the back of the book. Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 2010 by rollande