Spain in my heart

October 30, 2017

Tags: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Because of my visit not long ago, & because of my dear friend & native barcelonina Mercè, I have been following the Catalan independence saga closely. Nonetheless, I don't know the ins & outs enough to have a firm opinion, but it seems part & parcel of what's going on in so many places: people rocking their pretty comfortable boat for an idea, & seem sure to be worse off no matter how things play out.

One instinct is to rush to visit before it becomes impossible (war?!?!), the other is to stay far, far away & not risk getting trapped in any trouble. I mostly don't think anything will happen but....


  1. October 30, 2017 7:27 PM EDT
    Nothing like war. It's more or less a 50-50 split, just like Québec, Scotland, etc.

    In the end these things become songs, movies, legislation. Like you said, things aren't so bad. And everyone knows it and it never gets too crazy.

    In '80s Belfast, I used to tell my friends on the Catholic side (explaining Québec): "Imagine if you had 82% of the population...but couldn't even get 50% for independence."

    They'd just shake their heads.

    - D.M.
  2. October 30, 2017 7:56 PM EDT
    I hear you, brother.

    - EN